Oct. 2, 2012
SMITHFIELD, R.I. --The Providence College volleyball team (1-20, 0-3 America East) fell in straight sets (25-23, 25-19, 25-15) in a non-conference matchup with in-state rival Bryant University (6-13, 0-3 Northeast Conference), on Tuesday, October 02, in Smithfield, R.I.
The first set saw the Friars open up an early 4-1 lead over the Bulldogs. Trailing 9-7, Bryant scored four straight points to take an 11-9 lead over the Friars. Back and forth play over the next several points forced ties at both 15-all and 16-all, before the Bulldogs scored six consecutive points to take a 22-16 lead. Trailing 24-20, the Friars made a valiant comeback effort but fell short, 25-23.
A slow start in the second set put the Friars in a 9-2 hole, but the team would pull back within three at 9-6, after scoring four straight points. The Bulldogs would maintain at least a four point lead throughout the rest of the set, eventually taking the second set 25-19. In the third set, Bryant put together runs of at least three points five times to help them close out the match with a 25-15 set win.
Senior Cassie Muzzonigro (Gibsonia, Pa.) led all players with 16 digs while sophomore Anna Russian (Round Rock, Texas) had a match-high 12 kills and a .579 hitting percentage. Freshman Jordan Wiesler (Coconut Creek, Fla.) collected 31 of the Friar’s 32 assists, cracking the 30 assist mark for the seventh time this season.
After an extended time away from home, Providence will play its first home match of the year on Sunday, October 7 versus America East foe Stony Brook at 1:00 p.m. This match will mark the first athletic event played in the renovated Mullaney Gymnasium in Alumni Hall.