October 27, 2007

Bears Drop Harvard, 3-1, For Third Win In Four Matches

Oct. 27, 2007

Box Score

Providence, RI - Junior setter Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) led the Brown volleyball team (5-14, 3-6 Ivy) with 51 assists and 22 digs, as the Bears beat Harvard (7-15, 2-8 Ivy) in four games at the Pizzitola Center on Saturday, 18-30, 30-18, 30-23, 31-29. With the victory, Brown has now won three of its last four.

The host Bears were able to recover from a sloppy first game to win the next two games easily and outlast the Crimson in a tight fourth game. Brown hit just .025 in game one to Harvard's .273, leading to an easy win for the visitors. However, Bruno was able to hit .311 the rest of the way, while Harvard hit just .163.

The key to the match was the close fourth game, which had 12 tie scores and eight lead changes. Neither team was able to obtain an advantage of more than three points, and it was the Crimson that got to game point first, taking a 29-27 lead. However, a Harvard service error gave the Bears the opening they needed, and freshman Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) closed out the match with three straight kills for the win.

Toman and junior Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) tied with Harvard's Suzie Trimble for the match high with 16 kills, with Yess adding 11 digs. Senior captain and libero Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) had 21 digs, while freshman Danielle Vaughan (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) had 12 kills on a .385 hitting percentage and four total blocks, one a solo.

For Harvard, libero Katherine Kocurek had a match-high 29 digs, 15 of which came in the first game. She also had three aces, which all came in a 16-1 run by the Crimson in that game.

The Bears will hope to keep their momentum going next weekend, when they travel to Cornell and Columbia for matches on Friday and Saturday, respectively.