Match-Highs Not Enough as Brown Falls to Undefeated Northwestern

New Haven, Conn.  – Brown volleyball racked up individual match-highs in kills in digs against undefeated Northwestern in the first game of the Yale Invitational on Friday night, but could not overcome Wildcats, falling in 3-0 (21-25, 15-25, 21-25). Sophomore Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) led all players with 12 kills, while classmate and libero Kathryn Conner (Newport Beach, Calif.) posted a game-high 18 digs. 

Brown (2-2) out-blocked its Big 10 foe, 10-6, but Northwestern (6-0) registered nine service aces and 10 more kills than the Bears to push fast Bruno in straight sets. 

The Wildcats hit .311 as a team, but Brown was able to stay within four points in sets as Northwestern edged the Bears in each occurrence.

Junior setter Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.), fresh off an Ivy League Honor Roll appearance, registered another all-around performance with a team-high 15 assists to go along with six kills, four digs and a block. 

Brown also got two impressive rookie performances as Rachele Killian (Laguna Beach, Calif.) tallied 14 assists with two service aces and three digs while Shannon Frost (Santa Ana, Calif.) posted 11 digs to go along with four kills. 

The Northwestern hitters came out on top however, as three Wildcats had 11 kills each, while setter Madalyn Shalter posted a match-high 39 assists.

Brown continues play at the Yale Invitational tomorrow, Saturday, September 8, in a matchup against its second-straight Wildcat foe in Villanova, at 5 p.m.