Bryant outlasted by Charlotte in five sets Friday

Photo by Bryant Athletics/Jason Sullivan
Photo by Bryant Athletics/Jason Sullivan

BRONX, N.Y. – Freshman Caroline Kennedy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) and sophomore Mackenzie Wild (Rochester, Mich.) posted career-best performances, but the Bryant University volleyball team was outlasted by Charlotte in five sets Friday afternoon to begin the Rose Hill Classic.

Match Information
Charlotte 3, Bryant 2 (18-25, 25-21, 24-26, 25-21, 9-15)
Records: Bryant (3-2); Charlotte (3-3)
Location: Rose Hill Gym (Bronx, N.Y.) 

How it Happened

  • Set 1 – Bryant opened the match up 12-7 in the first set before a 9-0 Charlotte run gave the 49ers the upper hand in a 25-18 first set. Kennedy tallied six kills in the opening set.
  • Set 2 – Wild tallied seven kills in the set as Bryant used a 7-1 run to go from down 10-9 to up 16-11 and lead the rest of the set in a 25-21 win.
  • Set 3 – Bryant led by as many as five in the set, but Charlotte was able to come back and take the final three points of a 26-24 set.
  • Set 4 – Bryant staved off defeat with seven kills in the set from Kennedy, winning the frame 25-21 and forcing a deciding fifth set.
  • Set 5 – The Bulldogs led 8-4 as the teams switched sides, but the 49ers ran off the next nine points to turn the tables and closed out a 15-9 win to take the match.

Stats/Notes                                                         

  • Kennedy led the Bulldogs with a career-high 20 kills while adding 10 digs for her second career double-double.
  • Wild tallied 10 kills on a .333 hitting percentage, collecting the first nine before her first attack error of the match. The sophomore added two blocks.
  • Senior Kirstyn Sperry (Phoenix, Ariz.) tallied 32 assists and 21 digs for her fifth double-double in as many matches to open the year and 47th of her career. Sperry recorded two aces, extending her Division I program record to 133.
  • Senior Kristin Kingi (Phoenix, Ariz.) posted 15 kills and 19 digs, while sophomore Erika Ward (Rochester, Mich.) recorded 19 digs.
  • Senior Julia Malet (San Rafael, Calif.) collected 17 assists in her season debut.
  • Kennedy, Malet, Sperry and Ward each had two aces.
  • Bryant hit .168 in the match, while Charlotte recorded a .269 mark.
  • The Bulldogs drop to 0-1 all-time against Charlotte.

Up Next
Bryant is back in action at 5 p.m. against Marist in the second of three matches this weekend at the Rose Hill Classic.

Follow Bryant University volleyball on Twitter and Instagram to get an inside look at the program.