Oct. 19, 2007
Providence, RI - Playing at the friendly confines of the Pizzitola Center for the first time in almost four weeks, the Brown volleyball team (3-13, 1-5 Ivy) picked up its first Ivy League victory on Friday night, defeating Columbia (3-14, 0-6), 28-30, 30-20, 30-15, 30-19. After dropping a close opening game, the Bears dominated the rest of the way, even holding the Lions to negative hitting percentages in the third and fourth games.
Brown's two middle blockers, senior Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL) and freshman Danielle Vaughan (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) paced the Brown offense. Mandolini-Trummel had season highs with 21 kills and a .633 hitting percentage (21-2-30), the latter narrowly missing Brown's all-time top five. Vaughan's numbers were similarly solid, as she finished with 16 kills, a career high, and a .538 hitting percentage, adding six total blocks. Junior Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) had 54 assists setting the offense.
Five Bears had double-digit digs on the defensive end. Meyers, who had a double-double, and senior captain Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) tied for the team lead with 18 apiece. Senior Rachel Lipman (San Diego, CA) had 12 to go with her three service aces, and freshman Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) had a double-double with 10 digs and 10 kills. Junior Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR), had 11 digs in her first career game as Brown's libero.
The teams both played a streaky first game. The teams remained close up to 10-10, but the Bears began to pull away, eventually taking a 24-14 lead. However, Columbia stormed back, taking eight of the next nine rallies to close the game to 25-23. The Lions tied things back up at 27-27, and after a kill by Brown sophomore Moira Gallagher (Tulsa, OK), the visitors took the final three points for the 1-0 lead.
Columbia carried the momentum out to a 13-9 lead in the second game, but from there Brown dominated the match, coasting to three easy wins. For the match, the Bears dominated nearly every category, notably kills (70-40), assists (62-37), and digs (87-63).
On Saturday, the Bears continue their home stand, welcoming Cornell (6-10, 3-3) to the Pizzitola Center at 4 p.m.