Volleyball Toppled by Cornell, 3-0

Nov. 15, 2003

The Brown Bears were swept in three straight sets by the Big Red of Cornell on Saturday afternoon at the Pizzitola Center, by scores of 30-23, 30-24, 30-26, in favor of Cornell.

Game one remained close early on with neither team gaining more than a two-point advantage. Brown consistently held the lead until Cornell went ahead at 17-16. Both teams battled back and forth until Cornell broke away at 22-20, and held Brown there on a six point run to make it 28-20. The Bears were able to sideout twice more, but finally fell 30-23.

Brown jumped out to an early 5-1 lead to start the second game. Tough serving by Cornell quickly closed the gap to tie the score 9-9. After the run by Cornell the two squads stayed close for the rest of game. Down a point, Cornell called a timeout at 22-23 and then rallied for a five point run. Brown then took its first timeout of the game trailing 27-23 and the Bears came back to score the next point with a big kill on the outside from freshman Rikki Baldwin (Magnolia,TX). Though not going quietly, Brown was unable to fend off Cornell's offensive attack and lost the match 30-24.

Down two losses going into game three, Brown again gained an early 6-2 lead. Cornell was able to hold the Bears there to tie the game at six-all. Unforced errors by the Bears pumped the score to 11-7, but superb serving by Jessica Kondrick (San Diego, CA) brought Brown back into the game at 11-11. Cornell went ahead again, but a straight-down block by Liz Cvitan (Malibu, CA) and Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles,CA) gave Brown back the lead at 14-13. After a service error by Brown at 16-16, Cornell took the momentum and never trailed again. Cornell closed out the game and the match at 30-26 after a serving ace for game point.

Baldwin hit .368 and led the team with 16 kills while Gibbs added 12 kills on the night. Freshman Cvitan chipped in 7 kills and hit .400.

Senior libero Kim Highlund (Newark, CA) led the team with 17 digs. Junior Elvina Kung added 14 digs to the effort. Sophomore setter Leigh Martin (Freelton, ONT) had 40 assists and eight digs.

The Bears complete their 2003 Ivy League schedule at home next Wednesday, Nov. 19, hosting the Yale Bulldogs at 7:00pm in the Pizzitola Center.