Bears Hang On, Hold Off Charging Rams, 3-2
Sept. 19, 2006
Providence, RI - The Brown volleyball team (2-6) had to rally in the decisive fifth game to beat the University of Rhode Island (3-10) by a 3-2 count Tuesday night at the Pizzitola Center. After the Bears jumped out to 30-28 and 30-25 wins in the first two games, Rhody stormed back to 30-17 and 30-28 wins in the third and fourth games. Behind senior co-captains Shawn-Elyse Tulac (Claremont, CA) and Jessica Kondrick (San Diego, CA), who had five and four kills in the fifth game, respectively, Bruno held on to a 15-13 victory to take the match.
With the momentum clearly behind them, the Rams jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the final game. However, the Bears began to slowly creep back into the game, finally tying things up at eight and taking the lead, 9-8, both on kills by Kondrick. After pulling ahead, Brown held URI off, finally winning on a kill by freshman Kiana Alzate (La Jolla, CA).
Brown was down for most of the opening game, falling behind 21-16 before taking advantage of several URI errors to cut the deficit. A kill by junior Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL) tied the game at 24-24. A pair of Brown service aces and two more Rhody errors helped give the home team the 1-0 advantage. URI continued to hit poorly in the second game, putting forth a .044 attack percentage as Bruno took another win.
Things changed dramatically, as now the Bears could not finish, notching just a .030 attack percentage as URI ran away with the third game. Brown had 10 kills to go with nine errors, while Rhody made just four attack errors. Most of the damage was done during an eight-point run by the Rams that made the score 24-13, during which the Bears had four errors and URI's Ivy Zuidhof, who had match highs with 19 kills and nine blocks, had three kills. Bruno recovered, but not enough to win a see-saw fourth game before finally taking the fifth.
For the match, Mandolini-Trummel led Brown with 15 kills to go with a sparkling .357 attack percentage, with Tulac just behind at 14. Alzate, who saw her first action of the night in the third game, was perfect with seven kills and no errors on 14 total attack attempts. Sophomore setter Natalie Meyers had 57 assists, a match high by nearly 30. Sophomore libero Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) had a match-high 24 digs, with Tulac and Meyers helping at 12 and 11 digs, respectively.
The Bears' home stand continues this weekend, when they host Fordham, Delaware State and North Dakota State for the Brown Invitational.