By: Jason Slater
(HAMDEN, Conn)- Coming off a productive road trip at the Chicago State Invitational, the Quinnipiac Bobcats women’s volleyball team could not carry that momentum into their first game back home against Bryant losing in four sets Wednesday night.
After playing hard and keeping the first two sets close, never losing by more than 2 points, the Bobcats took the third set from Bulldogs, before losing focus and collapsing in the fourth. “I thought we did a good job in the third game of pushing there at the end, staying relaxed and letting it flow, and then we just lost focus in the 4th game…the team that handles their mistakes better wins, and we didn’t handle them very well tonight” said Coach Sparks after the loss.
The Bulldogs beat the Bobcats (26-24, 28-26, 22-25, 25-15) on the strength of double digit kills by Adrienne Boss, Maria Scocca, and Hilary Andrews, who had 16, 14, and 10 kills, respectively. They also recorded a team attack percentage of .275, over 100 points higher than Quinnipiac’s. Their defense was stingy as well, tallying 75 digs and 5 total team blocks. Bryant raised their record to 13-8 on the year.
Quinnipiac was helped by great all-around play from freshmen Stephanie Biediger and Kelby Carey. Each recorded a double-double, Biediger helping with 15 kills and 15 digs, while Carey tallied 11 kills and 13 digs. The loss drops the Bobcats record to 3-20 on the year, as they return to action October 18th, when they face Fairleigh Dickinson to open Northeast Conference play.