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.
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LAST TIME OUT
Freshman setter Sarah Lucenti (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) logged a double-double with 12 digs and 12 assists, but Brown suffered a 3-0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-21) setback to league-leading Yale in Ivy League action last Saturday. The defending league champs used their formidable defense to hold Brown to a hitting percentage under .100 for the second time this season and prevent any of the Bears' top hitters from reaching double digits in kills.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard (10-7, 5-3 Ivy) had its four-match win streak snapped when the Crimson surrendered a two-set lead and fell 3-2 at Dartmouth last Friday. When Brown and Harvard last met, senior Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) crushed a career-high 20 kills to boost the Bears to a 3-2 victory.
Freshman Corinne Bain highlights the Crimson roster and her three triple-doubles are the only ones in Harvard history. Aside from handing out a team-best 6.00 assists per set, the first-year setter leads the Ivy League and stands fifth in the nation with 40 service aces.
SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN
Dartmouth (10-10, 3-5 Ivy) hit the 10-win mark for the season with a 3-2 victory over Harvard last week. The Big Green has made a habit of going the distance and has earned all 10 of its victories in five sets. The Bears proved that they can endure long matches as well, as evidenced by a 3-2 decision over Dartmouth to pick up their first Ivy League win of the season on Oct. 4. Junior Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) smashed 18 kills to fuel a Brown offense that posted 69 kills on a .295 hitting percentage against the Big Green.
Defending Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week Emily Astarita averages 2.66 kills per set to sit eighth in the conference, while senior Elisa Scudder ranks second in the Ivy in blocking (1.10 blocks per set) and third in hitting percentage (.344). Stacy Benton handles the setting for the Big Green and holds the Ivy's second-best mark of 8.46 assists per set.
Brown wraps up its home slate against Cornell on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., followed by Senior Night action against Columbia on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 5 p.m.