SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Junior Sabrina Stillwell landed a team-high 12 kills on .500 hitting, but Brown University volleyball fell to Stony Brook, 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-23) in its first game at Bryant University's Hampton Inn-vitational on Friday evening at the Chace Athletic Center.
The Bears (3-1) dropped their first match of the season after winning the Holy Cross Invitational last weekend as the Seawolves (4-5) held on for close wins in sets one and three.
Stillwell (Laguna Beach, Calif.) notched her season-high 12 kills on 20 swings with just two errors while freshman Eliza Grover (Menlo Park, Calif.), the MVP at the Holy Cross Invitational, tallied seven kills on .294 hitting.
Freshman Joanne Won (Newport Beach, Calif.) compiled her first career double-figure dig performance with a match-high 16 digs. Senior Melissa Cairo (Hillsborough, Calif.) added 13 digs and moved over 1,000 digs in her career.
In set one, the Seawolves opened the frame with an 11-6 lead before the Bears pulled within 15-14. Brown remained within 22-21 late in the set before Stony Brook picked up three of the period's last four points to win 25-22. Grover and senior Shirin Tooloee (San Jose, Calif.) each terminated on four kills in the stanza.
Stony Brook began the second set with a 10-5 edge. The Bears kept the margin at 17-13 later in the frame, but the Seawolves scored four straight points before closing out the 25-16 set victory. Cairo made six digs in the period.
In the final frame, the two teams went point-for-point before SBU gained a 16-12 advantage. Brown countered, taking a 21-19 edge later in the set, but the Seawolves then went on a 6-2 run to win the set 25-23. Stillwell recorded seven kills with no errors on 11 attempts in the stanza.
For Stony Brook, Emily Costello registered a match-best 15 kills, LeAnne Sakowicz distributed a match-high 44 assists, and Kiani Kerstetter posted 16 digs.
Next, Brown concludes the tournament on Saturday with matches against Manhattan (10:00 a.m.) and Bryant (5:00 p.m.).
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