Baltimore, Md. – In the first match of the Madison Bingham Memorial Tournament hosted by UMBC and Towson, Brown (2-3) met perennial volleyball powerhouse Ohio State (6-1) and was topped 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-18). The Buckeyes came out strong in the first set, but the Bears battled back, narrowly dropping the next two sets.
Freshman Emma Pastore (Los Angeles, Calif.) led all Brown players with seven kills and added a dig and a block. For the fifth straight match freshman Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.) led the team in assists with 19 and chipped in three aces and three digs. Junior Annika Gliottone (Warwick, R.I.) anchored the defense with 11 digs.
In the first set, Brown stayed with Ohio State early fighting to within a point of the Buckeyes until the 6-5 mark. OSU then went on an 11-2 run to pull away and lock up the first set.
Game number two went much differently for the Bears as freshman Amanda Nickel (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) had three kills in the first five points for Brown. The two teams battled until the 16-14 mark but Ohio State pulled away on the strength of five Brown errors.
Brown stayed in the game in the next set, pulling the score even at 10. The Buckeyes did score the next three points but the Bears refused to go away and came to within three at the 20-17 mark. Two service aces by Ohio State's Emily Danks proved to be the difference and a kill by Kaitlyn Leary gave OSU the victory.
Nickel finished with five kills and three digs for Brown while sophomore Katrina Post (Pasadena, Calif.) had six kills and four digs.
Brown has a short break before taking on Towson at 7 p.m. tonight in the team's second game at the Madison Bingaman Memorial Tournament. The Bears face UMBC in the final game of the invitational on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Pictured: No. 3 Annika Gliottone '12