PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown boasted five players with double-digit kills on Friday night at the Pizzitola Center but Harvard's Taylor Docter was able to register 22 of her own to power the Crimson (8-15, 5-6) past the Bears (7-16, 1-10) in five sets (20-25, 16-25, 25-19, 25-21, 13-15).
Harvard looked to be in control of the match from the start as the Crimson jumped out to an 18-13 lead in the first set. It was much of the same in the second as Docter and the Harvard attack took a 20-9 advantage. Brown refused to quit in the set however, closing out the frame on a 7-4 run to gain some momentum entering the third set.
The fourth played out much as the third did as both teams were deadlocked at the 7-all mark, but Brown used another run, this time 11-5, to separate the Bears from the Crimson. Harvard still had plenty of fight left however as the team used a 7-2 run of their own, to close within one. Brown remained poised after the Crimson got back into it and got kills from Post and senior Danielle Vaughan (Rancho Paolos Verdes, Calif.) to close out the set.
The fifth and final set was fast-paced and intense throughout. The two teams found themselves even at the three, four, six, seven, eight, 10, 11 and 13-point mark. The final tie cam courtesy of a Vaughan kill which forced Harvard to call a timeout. The play call was simple for the Crimson, especially when your star player already has 20 kills. Docter asserted herself at the net and recorded the net two points on kills to close out the match.
The Bears received several great statistical performances from key players in the match. Freshman setter Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.) tallied 47 assists and 17 digs for eighth double-double of the season. Senior Brianna Williamson (Cincinnati, Ohio) also double-dipped with 10 kills and 14 digs.
Brown will celebrate the four-years of volleyball of three senior players tomorrow afternoon as the Bears take on Dartmouth at 4 p.m. in the final home match of the 2010 season.
Pictured: Sophomore outside hitter Katrina Post