2013 Volleyball News

May 1, 2014
Volleyball Reveals 2014 Schedule
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Following the team’s most successful Ivy League showing since 2005, Head Coach Diane Short has announced the Brown volleyball schedule for the upcoming 2014 season.

March 20, 2014
Volleyball Announces Class of 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown volleyball Head Coach Diane Short has announced the four incoming members of the Class of 2018 who will join the Bears roster this coming fall: Melissa Cairo (Hillsborough, Calif./Menlo School), Chaney Hart (Paradise Valley, Ariz./Xavier College Prep), Casey Tierney (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) and Shirin Tooloee (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty).

November 21, 2013
Derrough, Lord Named to All-Ivy Volleyball Teams
PRINCETON, N.J. – Brown volleyball senior Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) landed on the All-Ivy League First Team and junior Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) played her way onto the Second Team, it was announced when the League office unveiled the annual volleyball award winners on Thursday.

November 16, 2013
Volleyball Blanked at Princeton to Close Season
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Bears saw their four-match win streak severed by Princeton in a 3-0 setback (25-20, 25-22, 25-19) in the Brown volleyball team’s Ivy League regular season finale at Dillon Gym on Saturday. With Harvard’s win over Cornell, Brown finishes tied for third place in the Ivy League standings with Penn for the team’s highest finish since 2005. The Bears conclude the 2013 campaign with a 12-13 overall record and 8-6 showing in league play, which marks the squad’s most overall wins since 2008 and most Ivy victories since 2005.

November 15, 2013
Lord Lifts Volleyball to Second Place with 3-2 Win over Penn
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Junior Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) notched a double-double with a match-high 16 kills and 13 digs to boost the Brown volleyball team to a 3-2 win (23-25, 17-25, 25-16, 25-22, 15-13) over Penn and sling the Bears into a three-way tie for second place in the Ivy League standings with Harvard and the Quakers.

November 14, 2013
Volleyball Heads to Penn, Princeton in Season Finale
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A pivotal closing weekend to the regular season pits the Brown volleyball team against Penn on Friday at 7 p.m. and Princeton on Saturday at 5 p.m. when the Bears aim to stamp the seal on its winningest season since 2008.

November 9, 2013
Seniors Power Volleyball to 3-0 Shutout of Columbia in Home Finale
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The senior class combined for 27 kills and fittingly powered the Brown volleyball team to a 3-0 win (25-18, 25-22, 25-23) over Columbia in Ivy League action on Senior Night at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday. The Bears stand at 11-12 overall and 7-5 in league play, leaving the team one victory away from its first 12-win season since 2008 and in position to post its first winning Ivy League record since 2005.

November 8, 2013
Volleyball Set to Wrap Up Home Slate against Cornell, Columbia
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Cornell (7-13, 3-7 Ivy) and Columbia (5-14, 3-7 Ivy) are due to arrive at the Pizzitola Sports Center for Brown volleyball’s last Ivy League regular season home series which puts the Bears in position to fight for their best overall win total since 2008. With a record of 9-12 overall and 5-5 in Ancient Eight play, Brown has already matched its best win total in three seasons, and victories over the Big Red on Friday at 7 p.m. and the Lions on Saturday at 5 p.m. would leave Brown just one win shy of the 12-win mark the squad posted over five years ago.

November 8, 2013
Nickel Swings Volleyball to Victory over Cornell, 3-2
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Amanda Nickel (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) swatted 18 kills, nine of which came in the last two sets, to help the Brown volleyball team endure a 3-2 decision (25-20, 25-16, 23-25, 20-25, 15-13) over Cornell in Ivy League action at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Friday evening. The Bears improve to 10-12 overall and 6-5 in Ivy League play to exceed five league wins for the first time since 2005. The Big Red falls to 7-14 overall and 3-8 in the Ancient Eight, while victories for Harvard and Penn keep the Bears locked into fourth place in the Ivy standings.

November 7, 2013
Conner Named to Volleyball Capital One Academic All-District Team
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown volleyball junior Kathryn Conner (Newport Beach, Calif.) was named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District® Volleyball First Team as voted upon by the College Sports Information Directors of America, it was announced on Thursday. Conner, an economics concentrator with a 3.85 grade point average, becomes the first Bears volleyball player to collect All-District® honors since Brianna Williamson ’11 and moves on to the Capital One Academic All-America® Team ballot.

November 2, 2013
Derrough, Lord Propel Volleyball to 3-0 Win at Dartmouth
HANOVER, N.H. – Senior Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) and junior Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) each crushed 14 kills to snap a two-match losing streak and propel the Brown volleyball team to an Ivy League victory at Dartmouth in straight sets (25-23, 26-24, 28-26). The Bears improve to 9-12 overall and 5-5 in league action while the Big Green drops to 10-12 on the season and 3-7 in the Ivy League.

November 1, 2013
Volleyball Drops 3-1 Decision at Harvard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A powerful Harvard offense hit .285 to deliver a 3-1 loss (25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 25-12) to the Brown volleyball team in Ivy League action at the Malkin Athletic Center on Friday evening. Brown suffers its second straight defeat and moves to 8-12 overall and 4-5 in Ancient Eight play, while the Crimson even the season series to improve to 11-7 overall and 6-3 in the Ivy League.

October 31, 2013
Volleyball Hits Road to Face Harvard, Dartmouth This Weekend
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Following a pair of gritty five-set wins over Dartmouth and Harvard at home in early October, the Brown volleyball team (8-11, 4-4 Ivy) aims to sweep the season series when the Bears hit the road to take on the Crimson on Friday at 7 p.m. and the Big Green on Saturday at 5 p.m. A pair of Ivy League victories would give Brown its first 10-win season since finishing 12-14 in 2008.

October 26, 2013
Volleyball Dropped by Yale in Straight Sets
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman setter Sarah Lucenti (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) logged a double-double with 12 digs and 12 assists, but the Brown volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-21) setback to league-leading Yale in Ivy League action at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday. The Bears drop to 8-11 overall and 4-4 in the Ancient Eight, while the Bulldogs run their win streak to eight matches to improve to 14-3 overall and 7-0 in league play.

October 25, 2013
Volleyball to Square Off Against League-Leading Yale on Saturday
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Saturday’s match presents the Brown volleyball team with a challenge that no Ivy League team has accomplished this season: beat the hard-hitting Bulldogs of Yale. Winners of seven in a row en route to a spotless 7-0 record in Ivy League play, the Bulldogs take to the court in the Pizzitola Sports Center against the Bears with the first serve slated for 5 p.m.

October 19, 2013
Volleyball Shut Out at Columbia, 3-0
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Brown volleyball team found itself stifled by a tough Columbia back row in a 3-0 defeat in Ivy League action at Levien Gym on Saturday evening. The Bears drop to 7-10 overall and 3-3 in Ivy League play, while the Lions improve to 5-10 on the season and 3-3 in conference competition.

October 19, 2013
Volleyball Slugs Past Cornell, 3-1
ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior Amanda Nickel (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) racked up 13 kills to lift the Brown volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Cornell in Ivy League play at Newman Arena on Saturday. The victory snaps a two-match losing streak and helps the Bears improve to 8-10 overall and 4-3 in conference play, which is the most overall wins for Brown since 2010 and most Ivy League wins since 2008. The Big Red falls 6-11 overall and 2-5 in league action with the loss.

October 12, 2013
Volleyball Has Streak Snapped in 3-0 Loss to Penn
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman setter Sarah Lucenti (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) posted a double-double with 11 assists and 11 digs but the Brown volleyball team had its three-match win streak snapped by way of a 3-0 loss (25-19, 25-19, 25-21) to Penn in Ivy League play at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday. The Bears slide to 7-9 overall and 3-2 in Ivy League competition, while the Quakers improve to 8-8 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

October 11, 2013
Volleyball Remains Relentless, Outlasts Princeton 3-2
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For the first time in nearly seven years, the Brown volleyball team defeated Princeton, 3-2, after a fierce five set battle in Ivy League action at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Friday. Junior Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) crushed 18 kills to help the Bears win its third-straight five set decision and snap a 12-match losing streak against the Tigers, dating back to Brown’s last win over their league foe on Oct. 20, 2006. Brown improves to 7-8 overall and 3-1 in Ivy League play, matching the team’s win totals from last season in both categories with 10 matches left to play.

October 10, 2013
Volleyball Ready to Host Princeton, Penn in Ivy Action this Weekend
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The heart of Ivy League play continues as the Brown volleyball team hosts Princeton on Friday at 7 p.m. and Penn on Saturday at 5 p.m. to wrap up a four-match home stand at the Pizzitola Sports Center. After grinding out a pair of five-set Ivy League wins in as many days last weekend, the Bears stand at 6-8 overall and 2-1 in conference play – just one win shy of matching last year’s win total in either category.

October 8, 2013
Derrough Grabs Second Ivy League Co-Player of the Week Nod of Season
PRINCETON, N.J. – After a flurry of dominant offensive performances, senior outside hitter Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) earned Ivy League Co-Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, it was announced by the league office on Tuesday. Derrough once again shared the nod as the league’s top performer with Yale sophomore Jesse Ebner. Senior Amanda Nickel (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) joined Derrough by landing on the Weekly Honor Roll with a team-best 2.93 kills per set.

October 5, 2013
Derrough Carries Volleyball to Victory over Harvard, 3-2
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) crushed a career-high 20 kills to lead the Brown volleyball team to its second five-set win in as many days with a 3-2 victory over Harvard (25-22, 19-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10) in Ivy League action at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday. The Bears improve to 6-8 overall and 2-1 in Ancient Eight play while the Crimson fall to 6-6 on the season and 1-2 in the Ivy League.

October 4, 2013
Volleyball Endures Dartmouth, Picks up First Ivy Win, 3-2
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) smashed 18 kills to fuel a Bears offense that posted a season-high 69 kills on their second-best hitting percentage (.295) of the season as the Brown volleyball team topped Dartmouth in five sets (20-25, 25-23, 25-22, 22-25, 16-14) in Ivy League action at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Friday. Brown moves to 5-8 overall and 1-1 in Ancient Eight play, while the Big Green drops to 7-7 on the season and 0-2 in league competition.

October 3, 2013
Volleyball Welcomes Dartmouth, Harvard for Ivy League Action this Weekend
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After five straight road matches, the Brown volleyball team opens up a four-game home stand when the Bears host Dartmouth on Friday and Harvard on Saturday in a pair of Ivy League contests. Brown (4-8, 0-1 Ivy), looking to snap a streak of three straight losses, takes on the Big Green (7-6, 0-1 Ivy) on Friday at 7 p.m. and faces the Crimson (6-4, 1-0 Ivy) on Saturday at 5 p.m.

October 2, 2013
Volleyball Falls in Five at Rhode Island
KINGSTON, R.I. – Senior Amanda Nickel (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) posted a career-high 17 kills but the Brown volleyball team could not outlast Rhode Island in a 3-2 setback at Keeaney Gym on Wednesday. The Bears (4-8) worked a 2-1 lead after three sets but the Rams (9-7) rallied to win in five (25-15, 23-25, 20-25, 25-15, 16-14).

September 28, 2013
Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets at Yale in Ivy League Opener
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A powerful Yale offense smashed 44 kills as the defending Ivy League champions handed the Brown volleyball team a straight set loss (25-22, 25-13, 25-19) in its Ancient Eight opener at Lee Amphitheater on Saturday. The Bears drop to 4-6 overall and 0-1 in Ivy League play while the Bulldogs improve to 6-3 and 1-0 in conference action.

September 24, 2013
Derrough Earns Ivy League Co-Player of the Week
PRINCETON, N.J. – Senior outside hitter Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) earned Ivy League Co-Player of the Week honors to become the first Brown volleyball player to take home the weekly award since Kathryn Glickman on Sep. 28, 2010. Derrough shared the nod as the league’s top performer with Yale sophomore Jesse Ebner and was joined by freshman Payton Smith (Atherton, Cailf.), who landed on the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll.

September 21, 2013
Volleyball Splits on Day Two of Temple Invitational
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Seniors Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) and Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.) combined for 35 kills to help the Brown volleyball team finish 2-1 at the Temple Invitational as the Bears beat Delaware State, 3-1 (26-24, 25-27, 25-20, 25-22), and fell to Temple, 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-21), on Saturday. Brown moves to 4-6 overall while the Hornets slip to 1-7 and the Owls improve to 9-2.

September 20, 2013
Volleyball Downs Hofstra in Four, 3-1
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Freshman Payton Smith (Atherton, Calif.) cracked 10 kills to pace the Brown volleyball team to a 3-1 win (33-31, 24-26, 25-22, 25-18) over Hofstra in the opening match of the Temple Invitational at McGonigle Gym on Friday. The Bears, winners of three of their last four contests, improve to 3-5 overall, while the Pride drop to 7-5 on the season.

September 20, 2013
Volleyball Primed for Three Matches at Temple Invitational This Weekend
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Fresh off a 2-1 showing at last weekend’s Brown Invitational tournament, the Brown volleyball team (2-5 overall) takes to Philadelphia for three matches at the Temple Invitational between Friday and Saturday. Brown’s third tournament of the season pits the Bears against Hofstra on Friday at 4 p.m., followed by Saturday matches versus Delaware State at 10 a.m. and Temple at 1 p.m.

September 14, 2013
Volleyball Tops Bryant, Falls to Eastern Michigan to Wrap Up Brown Invite
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) and freshman Payton Smith (Atherton, Calif.) combined for 27 kills between a 3-0 win over Bryant (25-18, 25-20, 25-17) and a straight set loss to Eastern Michigan (25-16, 25-20, 25-14) in day two of Brown Invitational action at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday. The split moves the Bears to 2-5 on the season, while the Eagles improve to 7-4 and the Bulldogs drop to 0-9.

September 13, 2013
Volleyball Secures First Win, Grinds Past Holy Cross, 3-0
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A third set that featured 12 ties and 12 lead exchanges culminated in a 28-26 win for the Brown volleyball team, helping the Bears secure their first victory of the season by way of a three-set decision over the College of the Holy Cross on the opening night of the Brown Invitational at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Friday. Brown improves to 1-4 overall and the Crusaders slip to 3-4 on the season.

September 12, 2013
Volleyball to Host Brown Invitational, Opens against Holy Cross on Friday (7:30 p.m.)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tournament season is in full swing for the Brown volleyball team as the Bears are set to host the four-team Brown Invitational this weekend. The two-day event features Bryant University, Eastern Michigan University and the College of the Holy Cross in round robin action, beginning on Friday with the Bulldogs squaring off against the Eagles at 5 p.m. Brown takes the court against the Crusaders for its first match of the tournament at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

September 11, 2013
Volleyball Edged in Three Sets at Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A trio of 25-23 decisions spelled a hard-fought defeat for the Brown volleyball team against crosstown rival Providence College in non-league action at Alumni Hall on Wednesday. The narrow setback drops the Bears to 0-4 on the season while the Friars improve to 5-3 overall.

September 7, 2013
Volleyball Swept by Missouri State and St. John’s at Holly Young Invitational
DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) led the Brown volleyball team with a combined 18 kills between a pair of 3-0 losses to Missouri State (25-23, 25-20, 25-17) and St. John’s (25-11, 25-14, 25-15) in day two action of the Holly Young Invitational at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday. The Bears now stand at 0-3 on the season, while Missouri State improves to 5-1 and St. John’s jumps to 4-3.

September 6, 2013
Volleyball Shocked by UNH Comeback, 3-2, in Season Opener
DURHAM, N.H. – The Brown volleyball team could not slow a rallying University of New Hampshire squad that captured three straight sets to turn a 2-0 Bears lead into a 3-2 victory for the Wildcats in the Brown’s opening match of the Holly Young Invitational at Lundholm Gymnasium on Friday. The Bears took the first two sets by scores of 25-19, but UNH would not be bested in its own gym as the hosts won the next three sets 25-22, 25-19 and 15-8. Brown drops to 0-1 on the season while the Wildcats improve to 3-2 overall.

September 5, 2013
Volleyball Heads to UNH for Season Opener on Friday
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A trio of games in two days at the eighth-annual Holly Young Invitational marks the beginning of the 2013 Brown volleyball season when the team travels to the University of New Hampshire on Friday to take on the Wildcats in the 2013 season opener at 7 p.m. The Bears, who finished 7-17 overall in 2012, battle with Missouri State at 10 a.m. and St. John’s at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday to round out the event.

August 8, 2013
Volleyball Honored by AVCA for Academic Excellence
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Brown was among 622 teams nationwide that earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 season.

June 20, 2013
Volleyball’s Incoming Class Receives National Ranking
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University’s 2013 recruiting class received a High Honorable Mention honor in the annual recruiting list recently released by PrepVolleyball.com. The six-member class received a top-60 ranking in a field of over 330 Division I volleyball programs and was placed in the same Honorable Mention group as perennial powers Notre Dame, Alabama and Connecticut.

May 21, 2013
Amanda Nickel Named 2013 Brown Volleyball Captain
Diane Short, the head coach of the Brown volleyball team, has announced that rising senior Amanda Nickel (Corona Del Mar, CA) will serve as the squad’s captain for the 2013 season.

April 18, 2013
Brown Volleyball Announces Class of 2017
Brown head volleyball coach Diane Short has announced the six members of the Class of 2017 who will be joining the Bears on the court in the fall of 2013. The group includes two setters, two middle blockers and two outside hitters, and the student-athletes all hail from the state of California.