Oct. 1, 2008
Providence, R.I. - The Brown volleyball team (8-4) lost a tough match to in-state rival Rhode Island (7-8) 3-1 on Wednesday night at the Pizzitola Center. Senior captain Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) led a strong effort for the Bears, who were ultimately unable to overcome the solid play of the Rams. Meyers had six kills on only ten attempts, while adding a double-double on a match-high 41 assists and ten defensive digs.
The first two sets were marked by strong play from Bruno, but in each of them Brown was unable to close a late gap on Rhode Island. In the opening game, the teams traded points until they found themselves tied at 15, before Rhode Island was able to go on a strong run, ripping off 10 of the next 13 points to take the initial match 25-18. The second set saw more solid play from the Rams, as they took an 11-7 lead and went on to win 25-19.
With the home crowd cheering them on, the Bears asserted themselves in the third set, jumping out to a 10-7 lead. Although Rhode Island was able to go on a small run and get back to within a point late in the game, Brown refused to be swept away on its home court and carried the third game 25-20, scoring the final two points on emphatic solo blocks from sophomore Danielle Vaughan (Palos Ranchos Verdes, CA). It appeared that the Rams would cruise to the win in the fourth set, as they took a 16-11 lead late in the game. Once again, however, the Bears showed their mental toughness by refusing to go quietly. With the crowd urging them on, Bruno came storming back to tie the game at 23, but were unfortunately unable to sustain the charge, and Rhode Island took the set and match by a score of 25-23.
Fellow senior Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) also had a strong all-around game for the Bears, posting team-highs in both kills and digs, with 11 and 18 respectively. Freshman libero Annika Gliottone (Warwick, R.I.) continued her excellent play defensively as well, matching Yess with 18 digs and adding two assists.
The Bears will be in action again this Friday at the Pizzitola Center, where they will open Ivy League play when they take on Yale at 7 p.m.