By Brittni Henderson
Versatility, balance, focus, and depth played significant roles in the success of Bryant University’s Women’s Volleyball as they reached their 500th win under Head Coach Theresa Garlacy. The victory coincides with Garlacy’s first win with the squad exactly 23 years ago.
“We don’t have one person we rely on,” Garlacy says. “The key to our success is balance. On any given day, someone will step up.”
If someone is injured or having an off day, these women work together to pull through, even if it means playing more than one position. Another significant factor in the Bulldogs’ success is the culture of the team itself.
“The players hold each other accountable,” Garlacy shares, “and have a very high stand of excellence, on and off the court. We are consistently a team with a high GPA of 3.6, and we do a lot of community service as well. It is a privilege to know and coach these young women who come to Smithfield from all over the world.”
As of October 12th, the Bryant Bulldogs Women’s Volleyball team have 508 wins under Garlacy and are pushing forward into the second round of conference play. The pressure builds on the court and in the classroom as midterms also pop up during this time of year.
Garlacy has 10 NCAA Division II appearances in her career, as well as five Northeast-10 Conference Tournament championships before the move to Division I in 2008. In recent years, the Bulldogs have risen to the ranks of the annual contenders in the Northeast Conference, winning their first Division I regular season championship in 2017. Bryant has a 72 percent success rate during home matches under Garlacy in her 23 years at the institution.
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