Volleyball Blanked at Princeton to Close Season

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.

Junior Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) led the Brown offense with nine kills and freshman setter Sarah Lucenti (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) picked up her eighth double-double of the season on 20 assists and 14 digs. The Bears were held to 33 kills and a .083 hitting percentage.

For Princeton, Nicole Kincade and Tiana Wollridge each finished with 10 kills while Lauren Miller had 32 assists and 13 digs. The Tigers hit .191 on the night and made 16 errors to Brown's 22.

The Bears carried their momentum from last night's come-from-behind win and worked a 6-1 run to open the first set. Princeton rallied back to make it a 10-8 game in Brown's favor and three straight errors by the visitors tied the score at 12-12. Kendall Peterkin knocked a couple kills over a 5-0 Tiger run that pushed the hosts ahead, 17-14, but senior Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) delivered a spike to punctuate Brown's 4-0 streak that brought the score to 18-18. Nicole Kincade spun an ace to give the Tigers their 21st point and spark a 6-1 run to end the set, 25-20.

Brown maintained a small lead through the second set until Princeton rattled off five unanswered points to go up 16-14. Senior Amanda Nickel (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) sandwiched two of her five kills around a Tigers error to cut the hosts' lead to 18-17 and senior Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Caliif.) lofted a well-placed ace that helped Brown reclaim the lead, 20-19. The Tigers quieted the rally with a timeout and reversed the momentum with a Woolridge kill. A pair of untimely Brown errors set up Cara Mattaliano's kill that put Princeton up 23-20, and Kendall Peterkin and Francie Jenkins finished it off with kills for a 25-22 decision.

The Bears once again jumped ahead early as Lucenti's ace opened up a 4-1 run, but Kincade sprinkled two kills among a handful of misplaced Brown attacks that thrust the Tigers ahead 10-7. Rieckhoff answered with an ace and Derrough and freshman Payton Smith (Atherton, Calif.) each knocked kills to get Brown within two points, only to have Princeton go on a 5-2 run to finish the set.