STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Bryant University volleyball team was defeated in four sets by Colgate Saturday in the Bulldogs' final match of the Stony Brook Invite.
Colgate 3, Bryant 1 (25-27, 22-25, 25-18, 20-25)
Records: Bryant (9-6); Colgate (5-6)
Location: Pritchard Gymnasium (Stony Brook, N.Y.)
Coach Garlacy's Comments
"We played smart and scrappy and fought hard every point. Julia Flynn played like the leader she is, making veteran plays and mixing it up with power. Erika Ward was nails on defense and kept so many plays alive with her cover. Brianna Bruny did a great job blocking and making herself available. The setters ran a great tempo and played great defense."
How it Happened
- Set 1 – Bryant led 13-12 before an 8-2 Colgate run gave the Raiders a five-point advantage. Kills from senior Julia Flynn (Pembroke, Mass.) tied the set both at 24 and 25, but Colgate was able to close out a 27-25 victory.
- Set 2 – The Raiders took the second set 25-22 again with a late run. After the Bulldogs went up 16-15 on a senior Julia Malet (San Rafael, Calif.) ace, Colgate went on a four-point run to go up three, a margin that would allow them to keep the Bulldogs at a distance the rest of the way.
- Set 3 – It was Bryant's turn for a late run in the third set, outscoring Colgate 16-2 after the Raiders had a 16-9 advantage. Flynn recorded kills on three of the last four points, giving Bryant the set victory.
- Set 4 – A 7-2 Raiders run in the middle of the set gave Colgate a 16-11 lead in the middle of the set and the Raiders kept the Bulldogs at bay the rest of the way.
- Flynn finished the day with 20 kills and just three errors, sporting a .321 hitting percentage.
- Freshman Caroline Kennedy (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) hit .444 en route to a 15-kill performance.
- Senior Kirstyn Sperry (Phoenix, Ariz.) ended the day with a double-double, finishing with 31 assists and 11 digs. She also chipped in seven kills.
- Sophomore Erika Ward (Rochester, Mich.) led the team with 25 digs. Senior Kristin Kingi (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) added 12.
- Malet also finished with double-digit digs, compiling 10 on the night.
- The Bulldogs hit .371 in their third-set victory, with 16 kills and just three errors.
- Bryant finished with nine more kills than their opposition on the night, winning the category 63-54.
Bryant is back in action on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when they play in-state rival Brown at 7 p.m. in Providence, R.I.