PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown volleyball team could not overcome Princeton's hitting duo of Lydia Rudnick and Leah Jordan on Saturday afternoon at the Pizzitola Sports Center, as the Tigers topped the Bears, 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-14). Bruno was led by sophomore Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.), who posted a team-high 11 kills.
Rudnick had a match-high 17 kills, while Jordan was second with 12. Princeton (9-8, 6-1) did an excellent job of setting up its attacks, registering 47 assists on 48 kills to Brown's (5-12, 1-6) 28 on 32 kills.
Brown's junior hitter Amanda Nickel (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) finished nine of her 14 attacks for a team-high .429 hitting percentage, but Princeton's Jordan was near-perfect with 12 kills on 15 attacks for a .733 percentage.
The Tigers took an early 13-4 lead to begin the match, but Brown stormed back with a 5-1 run. Princeton was able to sustain the pressure from the Bears however to take the first game, closing out the set with three-straight points.
Brown's best game came in set two. Princeton led by just three at 13-10, before a 6-3 run seemed to put the Tigers in control as they closed to match point at 24-17. The Bears did not back down however, clawing their way to three more points before a kill by Jordan put Princeton up 2-0.
The Bears held a 3-2 lead in the third and stayed with two points at 11-8, but the Tigers again found their groove late to close out the match.
Brown returns to the court next weekend when they travel to take on Yale.