Nov. 8, 2008
Providence, R.I. - Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) and Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) made the most of their final home match on Saturday afternoon, as they led the charge in a 3-1 defeat of Columbia. With a large crowd on hand to celebrate Senior Night, Meyers recorded 55 assists and 14 digs, while Yess notched another double-double with 12 kills and 15 digs. With the win, the Bears move back to .500 on the season, improving their record to 12-12 overall, and 4-8 in the Ivy League, while Columbia moves to 5-16 and 0-12 in league play.
The first game set the tone for the match, as both teams came out playing well, and the action was furious early on. Though Columbia was able to jump out to an early 6-1 lead, the Bears came back to pull within 10-9, and the teams then traded points through a 19-19 tie. From there, however, the Lions ran off a 6-2 run to take the opener 25-21.
Despite the loss, Brown remained undeterred, and came back to play perhaps their best game of the day. The Bears opened the second game by running off the first five points before Columbia was able to come back and tie it at eight. Once again, however, Brown responded strongly, ripping off another seven consecutive points for a 15-8 lead. Though the Lions picked up the play on their side of the court, it wasn't enough, as Bruno held on for a 25-17 win to even the match at one apiece. In the game, Brown hit a resounding .412 from the field.
With each team striving to establish an advantage in the match, the third game was easily the most competitive, as neither team held a lead of more than three until the second to last point. As the crowd became increasingly vocal and both coaches urged their teams on, the teams traded points until Brown held a slim 21-20 lead. Meyers set up three consecutive points, however, including a kill by Yess, and a Columbia attack error gave the Bears a 25-20 win, and a tough 2-1 match lead.
The final game started similarly to the third, but Brown used a critical 10-3 run in the middle of the contest to open up a 17-10 lead, which would prove insurmountable for the Lions. Though Columbia made a brief run to within four, the Bears held on for a 25-18 win, ending their home schedule with an emphatic victory.
Sophomore Brianna Williamson (Cincinnati, OH) continued her big weekend, as she had a team-high 14 kills and added 11 digs and three blocks, while freshmen Laurielle Hofer (Laguna Beach, CA) and Annika Gliottone (Warwick, R.I.) had 12 kills and 17 digs respectively.
The Bears will be back in action on Friday, when they close out their season with a road trip to Princeton and Penn.