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.
Video of all home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on BrownBears.TV. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing yearly, monthly, weekly or daily packages. Non-Brown contests during the tournament will not be streamed, but Live Stats will be available for all tournament games so fans unable to make it to the Pizzitola Sports Center can follow the action.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Brown (0-4) and Bryant (0-7) both eagerly seek the first win of 2013 and will clash on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Bryant dropped three matches in both the University of Oregon Tournament and Boston College Invitational, winning just one set in the process before suffering a 3-0 setback at New Hampshire on Tuesday. Senior outside hitter Claire Van Dyk has provided the firepower for the Bryant offense so far with 2.50 kills per set.
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
Holy Cross (3-3) heads to Providence having won three of its last four matches, capped by 3-0 decisions over Hofstra and Hartford. Natalie Welsch tops the Crusader roster with 3.00 kills per set and a .363 hitting percentage, while Katie McKernan accounts for nearly three quarters of her team's setting with 149 assists in six matches.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Eastern Michigan (4-4) stands as the winningest team in the tournament but has dropped four of its last six dating back to the season-opening Canisius College Tournament on Aug. 31. Despite a .500 record, the Eagles prove a tough opponent in long matches, as they have won six of 10 sets beyond the minimum of three. Eastern Michigan spreads the attacking among four players with at least two kills per set, led by Stacey Perinar (3.03 k/s) and Paige Roback (2.81 k/s).