October 3, 2006

Bears Make Quick Work Of Friars In Three-Game Sweep

Oct. 3, 2006

Box Score

Providence, RI - It took just one hour and nine minutes for the Brown volleyball team (4-10, 0-2) to become the unofficial Rhode Island champions Tuesday night, as the Bears defeated Providence College in three games, 30-9, 30-21, 30-19. Junior Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL), led the way for Brown, tallying 12 kills and no errors on 17 attacks for a .706 hitting percentage. That latter total is the third-highest for a Brown player in a match and the highest since 1996. Mandolini-Trummel's previous career high had been .633 against Princeton last season, which had been good for fifth all-time.

In rebounding from this past weekend's losses to Yale, Bruno wasted no time jumping on the visiting Friars, riding a nine-point mid-game run to a quick victory. Things were not quite as easy in the next two games, during which PC made the Bears work a bit harder for their points. However, accurate attacking by the Bears, who finished with a .333 hitting percentage, and mistakes by the Friars, whose percentage for the match was -.024, kept the match academic.

Offensively, senior Rikki Baldwin (Magnolia, TX) led all players with 14 kills. Three Brown players had at least nine attacks with no errors, led by Mandolini-Trummel. Sophomore Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) had six kills on 15 attempts, and freshman Moira Gallagher (Tulsa, OK) had four kills in nine attempts. All four Bears had hitting percentages of .400 or higher.

Sophomore Natalie Meyers (Huntington, CA) and junior Alanna McDonald (Seattle, WA) split the setting duties. Working games one and three, Meyers had 26 assists to lead all players. McDonald played the second game and had 15. Junior libero Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) had a match-high 15 digs, while senior co-captain Shawn-Elyse Tulac (Claremont, CA) had 12 to go along with six kills. Senior co-captain Jessica Kondrick had five blocks, one solo, to go with her five kills.

Combined with the Bears' win against the University of Rhode Island on Sept. 29, Tuesday's victory gives Brown a sweep of its two in-state opponents. The last time the Bears played both PC and URI in a season was 2004, when the team beat the Friars but fell to the Rams.

Friday, the Bears will resume Ivy League play against two-time defending Ivy Champion Cornell. The match is at 7 p.m. at the Pizzitola Center.