Volleyball Plays Spoiler Defeating Yale, 3-2
Nov. 16, 2005
Providence, RI - In an exciting five game match, the volleyball team (12-13, 9-5) over came a 30-19, game one loss defeating the Yale Bulldogs (20-4, 11-3) 3-2, in front of a stellar crowd at the Pizzitola Center in Providence, RI. In a game five battle, Brown began to get things going offensively, and took an 8-7 lead. After both squads exchanged points and the score at 10-11 in Yale's favor, junior Rikki Baldwin (Magnolia, TX) took the game over offensively, recording back to back kills, swinging all the momentum Brown's way and 12-11 lead to go with it. After a third consecutive Baldwin kill, the score stood at 14-12, and Yale looking to close the gap. The Bulldog's Maribeth Martens looked to recorded the 13th point for Yale, but sophomore Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL) closed that attacking lane real quick, recording the match ending block for the final 15-12 game victory.
After a game one loss, the Bears regrouped and pulled out 30-26 and 30-28 game two and three wins. The Bulldogs, who were playing for a share of the Ivy Title, would not quit and defeated Brown 30-21 in game four.
Offensively, seniors Leigh Martin (Freelton, ONT) and Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, CA) who both participated in their last match in a Brown uniform led the offensive charge in the victory. Martin recorded 68 assists, giving four Brown hitters double digit kills on the evening, while Gibbs tallied a match high 22 kills. Baldwin also had a big night posting 21 kills for a match high .425 hitting percentage, while junior Shawn Tulac (Claremont, CA) and Mandolini-Trummel recorded 19 and ten kills in the five game match.
Defensively, sophomore Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) recorded a career high 40 digs, third highest digs in a match total at Brown all-time. Lapinski finished the season with 413 total digs putting her in fifth place all-time for most digs in a season. Martin and Tulac recorded double-doubles in the match finishing with 15 and 16 digs respectively.
Martin leaves Brown as its all-time leader in assists recording 4, 360 in her four-year career. In 361 games Martin averaged 12.29 assists per game in her career, which is the top mark in Brown's record books. Gibbs' 22 kills this evening moved her into fourth all-time for kills in a career tallying 1,090.