Oct. 17, 2008
Providence, R.I. - The Brown volleyball team (10-7) outlasted the Penn Quakers (5-11) in five games on Friday night to win a critical Ivy League game. With the victory, Brown moves up a spot in the league standings, and will have the opportunity to even their league record tomorrow night against Princeton. Sophomore Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) had one of her best games of the season while leading the Bears to the win, recording team highs with 19 kills and a .378 attack percentage. Toman also added three aces and 11 defensive digs.
The first game quickly set the tone for the match, as both teams came out battling for the lead. They remained deadlocked for the first nine points, before Brown was able to go on a 10-1 run to open up a 19-10 advantage. Penn refused to go quietly, however, and mounted a rally of their own, pushing back to within 21-17. At that point the teams once again returned to even, as the margin remained almost unchanged as Brown took the first game 25-20.
In the second game Brown looked as though it would continue to hold the momentum, jumping to a quick 5-1 lead, and extending that advantage to 16-12. Penn continued fighting though, and went on a 13-3 run to end the game with a final score of 25-19.
Continuing the trend of changing momentum, Brown came back out in the third game and jumped to a 13-7 lead, which would prove insurmountable this time, as the Bears charged on to a 25-17 win. On the verge of elimination, however, Penn pushed back once again in the fourth game, taking a 14-7 lead early in the game. Although Brown made a strong attempt at a comeback, the Bears were unable to overcome the early hole and ultimately fell 25-17, setting up a dramatic fifth game.
After an even 3-3 start to the fifth, Brown was able to use consecutive attack errors by the Quakers to get a cushion and take control of the game. Though neither team was able to dominate the final set, the early lead proved critical as the Bears finished off the match with a 15-10 win.
Sophomore Brianna Williamson (Cincinnati, OH) also played a big part in the Bears' win, just missing the elusive triple-double with 17 kills, seven assists, and 10 digs. Senior captain Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) played up to her usual high standards, leading the team with 45 assists and four aces, and adding 16 digs. Freshman Spencer McAndrews (Los Angeles, CA) also continued to shine as a starter, tallying two assists and a team-high 17 digs.
The Bears will be in action again on Saturday night at the Pizzitola Center when they take on Ivy League rival Princeton at 4:00 p.m.