Sept. 27, 2008
Providence, R.I. - The Brown volleyball team (8-3) dropped both of their matches Saturday on the second day of the Stony Brook Invitational, dropping their record for the tournament to 1-2. A week after sweeping the field at the Brown Invitational the Bears struggled to consistently find an offensive rhythm, as they lost 3-0 to host Stony Brook (8-9) and 3-1 to Xavier University (7-7). Senior Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) played well in the losses, recording 28 kills and 22 defensive digs on the day.
The Bears led off the day with their match against Stony Brook at noon, a week after they swept the Seawolves in Providence. With memories of that defeat still fresh, Stony Brook came out hot on their home floor, taking the first set 25-19, holding the Bears to an even 10 kills against 10 errors for a .000 hitting percentage. Although Brown improved their play offensively in the second game, the score failed to reflect it as the Seawolves again won by a score of 25-16. Looking for the sweep on their home court, Stony Brook locked in for the deciding set, and took the match by a score of 25-17. The Bears were held below a .100 hitting percentage in all three sets.
Faced with the tough task of playing back-to-back matches, Brown again took the court at 2 p.m. to face off against the tough Xavier Musketeers. Taking advantage of the Bears' fatigue, Xavier took the first set 25-14. However, Brown, looking to finish the weekend with a winning record, rallied back to score three consecutive points at the end of the second set to triumph in overtime 26-24. The team was unable to maintain their energy level though, and the Musketeers were able to capture the final two sets by scores of 25-20 and 25-22 to hand Bruno its second defeat of the day.
Senior captain Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) provided her usual steady leadership, notching 65 assists and 14 digs in the two matches, while freshman Annika Gliottone (Warwick, R.I.) finished second on the team with 20 digs overall. Sophomore Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) was one of the bright spots offensively, chipping in with 13 kills.
The Bears will be in action again on Wednesday, October 1 at 7 p.m., as they will play in-state rival Rhode Island at the Pizzitola Center.