Oct. 24, 2008
New York, N.Y. - The Brown volleyball team struck a decisive blow to begin their weekend road trip, knocking off Columbia 3-1 on Friday night while showing flashes of dominance. Sophomore Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) led the way with one of her best games of the season, leading the team with 17 kills as well as 14 defensive digs, three assists, and two service aces. The win pushed the Bears' record to 11-8 overall and 3-4 in the Ivy League, while Columbia fell to 6-11, with a league record of 0-7.
The Bears returned to their stifling defensive play for this one, as they held Columbia to a negative attach percentage over the first two games, and only .144 for the match. With the exception of the third game, the Lions' attack percentage was a miniscule .064, while the Bears hit a healthy .257 from the field, including .424 in the second game.
The first game saw Brown set the tone for the match, as they raced to an early 9-2 lead as Columbia struggled to hang on. Though the Lions were able to make an attempt at a comeback, at one point closing the margin to 13-7, they eventually proved unable to make a serious run, and the Bears cruised to an easy 25-14 victory to open the match.
Brown continued its strong play in the second game, digging in for what would be a significant Ivy win. Though the scoring was fairly even to open the set, the Bears were eventually able to pull away at 18-12, and from there would go on a 7-2 run to close the match with another 25-14 win, and a seemingly firm grip on the match.
Columbia finally came alive in its home arena in the third game, however, and showed what they were capable of when playing well. In what would prove to be the closest game of the evening, neither team was able to establish a significant advantage, and the score remained tied as late as 20 points into the action. Playing with their backs against the wall, the Lions used some of their best play of the match to pull ahead and take the game 25-22, providing some intrigue with the game score now 2-1.
Not looking to add further suspense to their win, however, the Bears came out strong in the fourth game, opening with a 10-3 run. Though the Lions once again proved their mettle by bringing it back to a 12-12 tie, Brown kept its poise and rallied one final time to ultimately capture the match with a 25-19 victory.
Senior captain Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) also played well in the victory, notching a match-high 40 assists, along with five kills and 13 digs. Classmate Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) picked up another double-double, tallying 14 kills and 11 assists, while freshman Spencer McAndrews (Los Angeles, CA) continued her transition to the libero position successfully, leading the team with 19 digs.
The Bears will be in action again on Saturday afternoon, as they continue their Ivy League schedule with a match at Cornell at 4 p.m.