The Bears rode impressive defense and an opportunistic offense to a 3-0 sweep of Ivy rival Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon, notching their first league win of the season while outhitting the Big Green by over 100 points. Junior Megan Toman had a team-high 10 kills, while classmate Brianna Williamson narrowly missed a double-double with nine kills and eight digs.
With the win, Brown improves to 5-13 overall this year, and 1-6 in the Ivy League, while Dartmouth falls to 7-11 on the season, and 3-5 in league play.
A night after dropping a 3-0 match to Harvard, the Bears came out motivated and hitting well, taking an early lead in the first set and maintaining a slim advantage throughout. After the Big Green took a 10-8 lead, Bruno came storming back behind the serving of rookie Carly Cotton, taking a 15-10 advantage before Dartmouth was able to regain serve, a lead that they would not relinquish. Though the visitors made a late charge to get back in the mix, the Bears held on for a 25-22 win to take the 1-0 match lead.
Brown carried that momentum through the second set, jumping out to an immediate 4-0 lead. From there, the Bears continued building their advantage, gradually moving out to a 21-13 margin, and took a 25-18 win. Bruno played perhaps the best set of the season in the third, hitting a resounding .357 while holding Dartmouth to just .061, with seven errors in 33 attacks. After the Big Green managed to keep it relatively close early, pulling to within 13-12, the Bears turned it on late, pulling away for a 25-14 win. Senior Danielle Vaughan repeatedly came up big during the run, hitting the winning shot and recording three blocks to frustrate the Dartmouth attack.
The Bears will be back in action on Friday, October 30, when they travel to New Jersey to take on the Princeton Tigers at 7:00 p.m.