HAMDEN, Conn. – On Dig Pink Day at Burt Kahn Court, a Northeast Conference-wide initiative to support breast cancer awareness, unforced errors plagued the Quinnipiac University women's volleyball team, as the Bobcats dropped a home match to Bryant University, 3-0 (25-20, 25-14 and 25-15), on Saturday afternoon.
Quinnipiac combined to commit 28 errors in the three games, 11 more than the visiting Bulldogs. After the Bobcats raced out to a great start in the first set, Bryant regained its composure and rattled off an 8-2 run in the middle of the game. Bryant grasped a six-point lead, an advantage that the visitors would never relinquish for a first-set triumph.
The second and third games featured significant runs by the Bulldogs that created difficult deficits to overcome. Bryant held the Bobcats to just 10 kills combined in the two frames. In addition, the Bulldogs hammered 25 kills in the sets, including a respectable .235 hitting percentage in the second stanza.
Freshman Tierra Allen (Sumter, S.C.) led the offense with a team-high seven kills in the match. Junior Taylor Payne (Warwick, N.Y.) and freshman Tanner Celestin (Norco, Calif.) each chimed in with five kills, as Payne also added four blocks on the afternoon. Senior Kelby Carey (Surfside, Calif.) and sophomore Tracy Wright (Fair Lawn, N.J.) anchored the back row with 12 and 20 digs apiece, while senior Kayla Lawler (Louisville, Ky.) dished out 21 assists.
The Bulldogs were led by Maria Scocca, who boasted 13 kills and two blocks. Jadith Lorenzo collected 21 assists in the match.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, Sunday, October 30, 2011, with another NEC showdown against Central Connecticut at Burt Kahn Court. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. Please visit, www.QuinnipiacBobcats.com, for all of QU women's volleyball schedule changes, updates and game information.
Contact: Anthony Distasio; Ardistasio@Quinnipiac.edu