Bulldogs comeback falls short against Boston College

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – A brave comeback fell short when Bryant’s women’s volleyball team fell to Boston College 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Bryant earned victories in the third and fourth sets after trailing 2-0 and held the lead midway through the fifth. Emma McGovern, Aubrey Lapour and Alysa Wright each had nine kills for Bryant, with Wright and Lapour also hitting career highs in blocks.

The Bulldogs will enter the conference this weekend over .500 with a 10-7 record.

Comments from Coach Garlacy: “After a slow start, we started playing more aggressively, and a number of people came in and had an impact on the match. Maggie on the right side got ahead offensively and with her block. Josie at liber and Melis at setter led the pack. comeback as well. It was a close battle that definitely set us up for conference play.”

Boston University 3, Bryant 2 (25-10, 25-13, 14-25, 22-25, 15-11)

Records: BC (13-3, 1-1 ACC), BRY (10-7)

As a step

Series 1: Alysa Wright kicked things off with a kill, but Boston College quickly responded, opening up a big lead with a 14-1 run. Despite the Bulldogs’ efforts, they were unable to catch the Eagles before the end of the set. Wright and Emma McGovern combined for four of Bryant’s five kills in the former.

Set 2: Boston College opened up an early 3-0 lead in the second set, but the Bulldogs were able to keep up the pace, tying the score at seven before a 7-2 run separated the Eagles. Bryant couldn’t stay close, and BC took advantage of the second to go up 2-0. Haley O’Brien led Bulldog in scoring with two spikes and a block.

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Set 3: The Bulldogs took control early in the third, kicking off their comeback attempt by scoring ten straight points to build a substantial lead. Bryant kept up his solid defense throughout the set as eight blocks and a .088 BC attack percentage helped the Bulldogs take the third set in a rout.

Set 4: The Eagles seemed to be back in command in the fourth, scoring five in a row from the first serve. Bryant, however, was able to escape a timeout and eventually came back to tie the score at ten. The Bulldogs kept their momentum going, as back-to-back kills by McGovern and Maggie Ryan helped extend the lead to three. BC made up the deficit to one, but kills by McGovern, Wright and Fabi Castro sealed the set victory for the Bulldogs.

Set 5: Bryant took the lead in the deciding fifth set thanks to a pair of errors from Eagle. The Bulldogs held the lead until after the final media timeout, when a 5-0 BC run gave them the lead for good. Wright and Ryan each had a kill and a lock in the final set.

Bulldog Notes and Notables

  • Alysa Wright narrowly missed her first career double-double, finishing the match with nine kills and nine blocks. Her block total set a season high and tied her career best.

  • The Bulldogs’ team’s 13 blocks were the second-most in a game this season. Wright’s nine led the team and Aubrey Lapour’s seven set a new personal best.

  • Maggie Ryan finished the game with seven kills and two blocks, as well as a .636 batting percentage. She has recorded 15 kills, five blocks and a .565 batting percentage in her last two games.

  • Melis Isik saw action in the final three sets, setting a rookie career high with twelve assists.

  • Mia Cergol recorded her ninth double-double this season, finishing with 24 assists and twelve digs.

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Whats Next: Bryant will open the America East game this Saturday, facing UMBC in Maryland at 1 p.m.