Nov. 11, 2006
Providence, RI - In its final game of the season, the Brown volleyball team (8-18, 4-10 Ivy) dropped a thrilling five-game match to Dartmouth. The Bears opened the match with a 30-27 win in the opening game, but dropped the next two, 30-28 and 30-21. They recovered to win the fourth 30-23, but fell in the decisive fifth game, 15-12.
That the match was going to be a tight one was evident in the first game. It was a back-and-forth contest that the Bears essentially won thanks to a four-point run to go up three at 24-21. From there, the teams played relatively even as the Bears protected their three-point lead. The second game was even tighter, as the teams traded runs and wound up tied at 28-28. However, a pair of Brown attack errors gave the Big Green the win to tie the match.
The Bears seemed to falter early in the third game after the loss, falling behind 7-1 early. The Big Green extended that lead to 15-6, and Brown was unable to catch up. With its back to the wall, the home team came out strong in the fourth, opening a 15-7 lead before a pair of Dartmouth runs put the score to 19-17 in its favor. Bruno tied the game back up at 22-22, pulling away by winning nine of the final 11 points. In the fifth game, the teams were tied late, but the Big Green were able to pull out the final points to win the match.
Senior Rikki Baldwin (Magnolia, TX) had 10 more kills than any other player, finishing with 26 and a .346 hitting percentage to go out with a bang. Senior co-captain Shawn-Elyse Tulac (Claremont, CA) had 15 kills and 14 digs, while fellow co-captain Jessica Kondrick (San Diego, CA) closed her career with five blocks, eight kills and a .368 hitting percentage. Senior Victoria Kasten (Norwalk, OH) ended the match with nine kills. All four were honored after the match.
For the underclassmen, junior Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) had a match-high 34 digs, 13 more than the next-closest player. Sophomore Natalie Meyers (Huntington Beach, CA) had a solid all-around match, finishing with 65 assists, 16 digs, and three blocks. Junior Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL) had 14 kills and matched Kondrick's five blocks. Sophomore Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) had nine kills and 14 digs, while junior Rachel Lipman (San Diego, CA) had 13 digs.