Providence, R.I. – The Brown women’s volleyball team
dropped a hard-fought match to Bryant on Thursday night, falling
3-1 to the Bulldogs. Freshman Christina Berry (Ladera Ranch, CA)
led the way for the Bears, finishing with a team-high 14 kills, and
adding 13 digs, a block, and one assist. With the loss, Brown falls
to 1-1 on the season, while Bryant improves to 2-6 overall.
The Bulldogs struck first in the match, taking a back-and-forth first set. Neither team was able to gain an advantage early, as the teams found themselves at 16-15 midway through the set. Brown looked to take control with a 4-1 run to take a 20-16 lead, but Bryant came storming back to tie the contest at 23, before tacking on two straight points for a 25-23 opening win.
The Bears answered with a stirring win of their own in the second, however, tying the match at one apiece. After Bryant came back from an early deficit to tie the set at 21, Brown finished strong, with a 25-23 win to even the match.
In the third, Bryant played its best set of the game, taking an early lead that would not be relinquished, and holding on for a 25-18 win. The Bears came out strong in the fourth though, staying even with the Bulldogs throughout the set, eventually tying it at 24 after an extended volley. Bryant managed to take the final two points though, taking a 26-24 win to close out the match.
Rookie Carly Cotton (Newport Beach, CA) played a strong defensive match, notching a team-high 24 digs, as well as her first collegiate kill. Junior Brianna Williamson (Cincinnati, OH) also had a solid all-around match, with four kills, two aces, one block, and 11 digs, while juniors Megan Toman and Danielle Vaughan added eight kills each.
The Bears will be back in action on Friday, when they take on Syracuse at the URI Invitational at 11:00 a.m.