By Christopher Tzimorangas
For the third straight year, the Bryant Women’s Volleyball team has clinched the Northeast Conference tournament. With an overall record of 19 wins and 11 losses, and a NEC conference record of nine wins and three losses; the women’s Volleyball team has been one of the many very exciting fall athletics teams to watch this fall season. The team is led by head coach Theresa Garlacy. In her twenty-third year at the head of the program, she has enjoyed a lot of success at the Division II level, as her volleyball teams appeared in the Division II NCAA tournaments ten times before the University moved into Division I. In 2015, Garlacy led the Bulldogs to an undefeated home slate with fourteen wins and zero losses in the Chace Athletic Center. The program continues to grow and become better with every season.
Through their first eight games of the 2017 season, the team played some very stiff competition in the Titan tournament and Boston College Invitational, mounting to a two win and six loss record. One of the many important pieces to the team is the smallest girl on the court, libero, Erika Ward. Flinging her body in every direction possible, Ward is always in the right spot at the right time, the absolute definition of leaving it all out on the floor. “The team has grown significantly,” says Ward. “We have made changes in our system that required everyone to adjust to be open minded.” When the team returned to play in the home Bulldog Gym for the
Hampton Inn Invitational, the team went on a four-game win streak. Most impressive was the win after the invitational, which came against Power 5 program, Syracuse. The team overcame a two to zero set deficit to defeat a tough Orange squad. This win was the second win over a Power 5 conference team in Bryant University’s history since becoming eligible for NCAA Division I play in the 2012-2013 season.