Bears Earn Split at Bryant Invitational

The Bears earned a hard-fought split at the Bryant Invitational on Saturday, sweeping Howard in the early game before falling in a tightly contested 3-2 match against the host Bulldogs. Junior Brianna Williamson (Cincinnati, OH) led the way for the Bears, recording double-doubles in both contests and combining for 27 kills and 22 digs, and adding six service aces. After the games, the Bears’ record stands at 4-7 overall on the season.

In the first match of the day, the Bears squared off against Howard University. Bruno came out hot in the initial set, running Howard off the court by a 25-14 margin to take an early 1-0 lead.  The next two sets would prove to be much more competitive, however, as each of them went to extra points, but the Bears held on to win by matching 26-24 margins to complete the sweep.

Junior Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) led the Bears offensively, with 16 kills, while rookie Carly Cotton (Newport Beach, CA) had a team-high 11 defensive digs.

In the second match of the day, it was Bryant that came out with the hot hand, taking the first two sets by scores of 25-22 and 25-21 for a 2-0 lead.  However, the Bears came storming back in the third and fourth, outscoring the Bulldogs 25-20 and 25-19 to tie the match and force a deciding fifth set. Bryant just edged Brown though, winning the fifth 15-13 to take the match by a 3-2 margin.

Rookie Christina Berry played an impressive match, notching 15 kills and 16 digs, while Cotton once again was solid defensively with 28 digs.


The Bears will be back in action on October 2, when they open Ivy League play by traveling to New Haven to take on Yale at 7:00 p.m.