Nov. 14, 2008
Princeton, N.J. – The Bears dropped a tough match to Ivy power Princeton to open their final road trip of the season on Friday night, as the Tigers won 3-0. Junior Ann Cowell (Santa Barbara, CA) played one of her best matches of the season, notching seven kills with a .308 attack percentage, and adding an assist and a block. The loss moves Brown to 12-13 overall, and 4-9 in the Ivy League, while Princeton improves to 17-3 overall and 11-1 in league play.
The first game began very evenly, as Brown refused to back down from the heavily favored Tigers, and actually took the lead at 13-11 early on. However, Princeton illustrated why it is among the best in the league by rallying to tie the game at 17, and then followed by closing out the opener with a 25-22 win.
Although the Bears looked to take the confidence of the first game with them into the second, Princeton came out firing with the momentum on its side, and took an early 11-3 lead. Though Bruno continued to fight, the Tigers were able to extend their lead to 24-9, and after allowing three consecutive points to Brown, managed to come away with a 25-12 win, and a 2-0 game lead.
It was immediately apparent that the third game would resemble the first in intensity, as Brown came out fighting hard to get back in the match, and it remained close throughout. Princeton was able to establish an early two-point lead, however, and that remained the margin for much of the game, until the Tigers found themselves holding a slim, 17-15 advantage. At that point Princeton was once again able to assert itself, going on an 8-3 run to close out the match with a 25-18 victory.
Senior Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) also provided solid play in the loss, recording 29 assists, three kills, and three defensive digs. Classmate Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) led the team in kills with nine, while freshman Annika Gliottone (Warwick, R.I.) set the standard for digs, notching ten.
The Bears will be in action again on Saturday afternoon, when they close out the season against the Penn Quakers at 4 p.m.