HAMDEN, Conn. – The Quinnipiac women's volleyball team couldn't break through Bryant on Thursday night at Burt Kahn Court, losing in straight sets, 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-18). The Bobcats leader in kills entering Thursday, sophomore Tanner Celestin (Norco, Calif.), led the way with eight kills, increasing her season total to 146. Sophomore Brittanie Robinson (Fresno, Calif.) had another standout game for Quinnipiac with 21 assists, four digs, and two blocks. With the loss, the Bobcats fall to 1-21 (0-13 NEC) and Bryant improves to 10-19 (4-8 NEC).
Offensive errors and the Bulldog defense plagued the Bobcats in the first set at the team fell 25-16. Four Bryant blocks early sparked a 6-0 run that built the Bulldogs an early 8-2 lead. The lead built up to 13-5 for Bryant before the Bobcats had a glimmer of hope in three consecutive points. The momentum, however, swung back in Bryant's favor behind some strong offensive play (16 kills on 37 attempts) to finish out the set.
Another early run in the second set proved vital for the Bulldogs. Claire Van Dyk led the way with three kills in a 5-0 run that built the early lead to 8-4 before inducing a Quinnipiac timeout. Celestin helped seize some momentum for Quinnipiac with two kills and a service ace that cut the deficit to three points. The positive swing was short lived as Bryant won 15 of the last 22 points to take the second set, 25-14.
In the third and final set, Quinnipiac could not stave off another early Bryant run that built to five points at 7-2 before the Bobcats called timeout. The Bobcats slowed crawled back in the set, including a stretch where they claimed nine of 14 points, bringing the score to 14-11. Bryant then picked up where they left off early in the set, using a 11-7 run to win the set, 25-18. Quinnipiac used a 4-0 closeout run featuring a pair of kills from freshman Chandler Thornton (Arlington, Texas) to battle back but the Bulldogs were too much.
Thornton finished the match with four kills and six digs. She was supported by junior Logan Riker (Bowling Green, Ohio) who chipped in a game-high nine digs. Junior Bonnie Conklin (Plano, Texas) also came through with four kills.
The Bobcats face off against St. Francis (N.Y.) in the second game of the weekend home series on Sunday in Burt Kahn Court at 1:00 p.m.
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