Nov. 3, 2006
Philadelphia, PA - For the second consecutive Friday, the Brown volleyball team (8-15, 4-7) forced a fifth game after falling behind 2-0, only to lose steam in the fifth game and take a loss, falling 3-2 to the University of Pennsylvania. The Quakers put themselves within one game of victory by virtue of 30-24 and 30-20 wins in the first two games, only to see the Bears come back and take the next two, 30-21 and 30-26. The decisive fifth game was tied, 9-9, when Penn took six of the final seven points on five kills and a Brown error to wrap up a win.
The match proved to be sweet revenge for the Quakers. In the teams' last meeting, on Oct. 21, Penn forced a fifth game by winning the fourth, only to be soundly defeated, 15-7, in the fifth game.
As a team, the Bears had 109 digs, with five players reaching double figures. Junior libero Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) had a match-high 31 digs, followed by sophomore setter Natalie Meyers (Huntington Beach, CA), who had 21 to go with her 53 assists, which also was a match high. Sophomore Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) was second on the team in kills (13) and third in digs (18), while senior Rikki Baldwin (Magnolia, TX) had 12 digs and 12 kills. Junior Lizzie Laundy (Evanston, IL) rounded out that group with 10 digs.
Leading Brown offensively was junior middle blocker Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL), whose 16 kills and .433 hitting percentage were both match highs, the latter for players with more than two attempts. Senior co-captain Shawn-Elyse Tulac (Claremont, CA) joined Mandolini-Trummel, Yess, and Baldwin in double-digits with 10 kills. Senior co-captain Jessica Kondrick (San Diego, CA) had another quietly solid match in the middle, finishing with three blocks and six kills to go with a .364 hitting percentage.
On Saturday, the Bears will play their final road game of the season, hoping to play spoilers when they visit Princeton. The 8-2 Tigers, who won a crucial Ivy League battle by sweeping Yale Friday night, are battling the Bulldogs and Cornell for the Ivy League Championship.