Despite an emphatic double-double from junior Brianna Williamson, the Bears dropped an extremely close 3-2 match at Dartmouth on Friday night, as the Big Green staved off a late Brown comeback. Williamson led the Bears with 15 kills, and added 19 digs and two assists, but Bruno fell to 5-16 on the season, and 1-9 in league play, while Dartmouth improves to 10-11 overall and 6-5 against Ivy opponents.
In the first set, Brown took the early lead, jumping out to a 11-7 lead, and eventually opening the advantage up to 17-12. However, the Big Green came storming back, pushing Brown to a 23-23 tie and threatening to steal the opener from the Bears. However, back-to-back kills by Williamson and junior Megan Toman, who led Brown with 17, put away Dartmouth, and preserved a 25-23 victory for Brown.
After Dartmouth found its momentum in the middle sets, taking 25-10 and 25-22 victories in the second and third sets for a 2-1 match lead, the Bears again found themselves with their backs against the wall, and responded with another impressive set. The Big Green looked to be on their way to closing out the match when they opened up a 13-10 lead, but the Bears turned it on late, going on a 6-3 run to tie the set at 16 apiece. The action cotinued to go back-and-forth for the remainder of the set, but the Bears ultimately came out with an impressive 25-19 win, forcing a decisive fifth set. The Big Green, playing in front of the home crowd, looked to be rejuvenated in the fifth, however, and used a quick start to pull out a 15-8 win, taking a 3-2 overall victory in the match.
A pair of rookies also turned in big matches for Brown, as outside hitter Katrina Post notched 14 kills and eight digs, and libero Carly Cotton picked up a team-high 23 defensive digs. Sophomore Annika Gliottone continued to transition well into the setting role, racking up 40 assists to go with 13 digs and a kill.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they travel to Cambridge to take on the Harvard Crimson at 4:00 p.m.