Nov. 21, 2005
Providence, RI - The Brown volleyball team had four players receive All-Ivy honors as sophomore Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL) earned First Team honors, in a vote by the League's eight head coaches. Seniors Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, CA) and Leigh Martin (Freelton, ONT) were named Second Team All-Ivy and sophomore Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) received Honorable Mention as well, as the Bears went 12-13 overall and 9-5 in the Ivy League for a third place finish.
The last time Brown had four players earn All-Ivy post season honors was back in 1990 and 1998 was the last time the Bears had three players selected to the First and Second team.
Mandolini-Trummel was a force at the net for Brown both offensively and defensively. Averaging 3.07 kills per game, Mandolini-Trummel was the Bear's most consistent hitter this season, and her .333 hitting percentage ranked fourth in the Ivy League. Defensively, Mandolini-Trummel recorded a total of 76 blocks second best on the team, including a team high 29 solo blocks. Mandolini-Trummel was one of four players that played in all of Brown's 91 games this season.
Gibbs had an explosive senior season, leading the Bears in kills knocking down 305 for a 3.35 kills a game average, ranking her seventh in the Ivy League. Appearing in all 91 games this season, Gibbs ranked up 66 total blocks for a 0.73 blocks per game average third best on Brown. Gibbs leaves Brown as fourth all-time for kills in a career tallying 1,090 through out her four year career and her .213 hitting percentage is fifth all-time in school history for hitting percentage in a career.
Martin, Brown's all-time leader in assists recording 4,360 in her four year career and averaged 12.29 assists a game this season, the top mark in Brown's record books and third in the Ancient Eight. Martin provided the Bears with a balanced attack all season as four of the Bear's hitters earned triple digit kills this season and each earned their way in the League's top ten kills per game list. In 361 total games in her career Martin averaged 12.07 assists per game giving her the top finish in Brown history.
Lapinski who came on strong in the second half of the season was second in the Ivy League for digs per game averaging 4.98, second best at Brown all-time. In the final match of the season, Lapinksi recorded a career high 40 digs, giving her 413 on the season, fifth best all-time for Brown.