SMITHFIELD, R.I.- The Bryant women's volleyball team defeated Rhode Island for the second time this season with a 3-0 sweep at the Chace Center. The Bulldogs finish their non-conference slate with an 8-8 record.
Bryant 3, URI 0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-12)
Records: Bryant (11-9, 3-1 NEC), URI (8-11, 0-3 A-10)
Location: Chase Athletic Center (Smithfield, R.I.)
Coach Garlacy's Comments
"I am so impressed with the leadership of Mia Cergol, who had another double double. Aubrey Lapour was also brilliant on her first start as a Bulldog, hitting .423. Roommates Caroline and Haley were also very efficient tonight. The team showed its true grit coming back from a huge deficit in the second set, refocusing a point at a time."
How it Happened
Set 1: Bryant held an early lead in the first set, but Rhode Island was able to keep it close. The Bulldogs began to pull away after a URI timeout, outsourcing the Rams 14-5 to close out a 25-15 set win. Aubrey Lapour had seven kills on 14 attacks to lead the team.
Set 2: URI took the early advantage in the second set, opening up an eight point advantage. Bryant began to mount a comeback after a timeout, and clawed their way back to tie the score at 19, and eventually win the set, 25-22. Caroline Kennedy had seven kills on nine attacks (.778 att. %) for the Bulldogs in the set.
Set 3: A close set early on, the Bulldogs went on a 9-2 run to go up 14-6. After a Rams timeout, the Bulldogs continued to extend their gap, eventually winning the set 25-12. Alysa Wright had three kills and two blocks for Bryant, who held URI to a -.030 attack percentage in the set.
Bulldog Notes and Notables
Caroline Kennedy had 13 kills on 18 attacks and only one error in the match. Her .667 attack percentage is the third highest for a single match in Bryant's Division I era.
Aubrey Lapour led all players with 14 kills in her first career start. She finished with a .423 attack percentage and a block.
Haley O'Brien finished with eight kills and a .583 attack percentage, as well as two solo blocks. Her 12 solo blocks lead the Bulldogs this season.
Bryant's .359 attack percentage was their highest mark this season. They also held URI to a .075 attack percentage, allowing only 25 kills against 17 errors for the Rams.