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.
Junior Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) recorded eight kills to pace Brown on a tough night for the attackers. The Lions prevented any Bears from reaching double figures in kills as Brown hit just .048 to Columbia's .171 mark.
For Columbia, Bailey Bringer led the way with 10 kills while Molly Winger added 19 digs and Jennifer Petrovich chipped in 21 assists.
Brown hung with the hosts throughout the first set despite making eight errors to just eight kills, but a 12-12 tie morphed into 25-18 win for Columbia thanks to a 13-6 run to close out the opening frame.
The Bears marched out to a slim 9-8 lead in set two on a pair of kills by freshman Payton Smith (Atherton, Calif.), but persistent blocking by the Lions disrupted the Brown offense and allowed the hosts to escape by a 25-17 score.
Brown once again led in set three and was the first to 15 after Lord appeared to find her rhythm with a trio of kills, but that lead slipped away as Columbia took the last five points in order for a 25-20 win.
The Bears return to action on Saturday when they travel to Cornell for an Ivy League showdown at 5 p.m.