November 14, 2009

Brown's Comeback Bid Comes Up Just Short in 3-2 Loss

The Bears nearly pulled off a thrilling upset on Senior Night at the Pizzitola, but Columbia was able to fend off a late comeback, taking a 3-2 victory despite a near double-double from senior Liz Mueller. With the loss, Brown falls to 6-18 on the season, and 2-11 in league play, while Columbia improves to 12-15 overall and 2-12 against Ivy League opponents.

Brown came out hot in the first set, taking an early 14-7 lead over the visiting Lions.  However, Columbia came storming back to tie the action at 21 apiece, and then completed the early comeback with a hard-fought 25-22 win to take a 1-0 match lead.  Brown was undeterred though, running out to a 17-10 lead in the second, and holding on for a 25-17 victory to tie the match at one apiece.

After another Columbia victory in the third, Brown responded once again with an impressive fourth set.  The Bears hit .211 as a team, and held the Lions to just .049, opening up an 18-8 lead and holding on for a relatively easy 25-17 win, forcing a decisive fifth set.  Columbia appeared poised to run away in the fifth, taking a 9-5 lead in the race to 15, but Brown mounted one last comeback to tie the set at 12, eventually pushing Columbia to extra points before the Lions were able to pull away to take the match with a 16-14 victory.

Brown's defense was stifling in the match, holding Columbia to a meager .157 attack percentage.  Offensively, the Bears were led by rookie Katrina Post, who notched 16 kills to go with seven digs.  Junior Brianna Williamson also added 14 kills and 13 digs, while sophomore Annika Gliottone recorded 31 assists to go with her eight digs.

The Bears will be back in action on Tuesday, November 17, when they wrap up their season by hosting the Yale Bulldogs at 7:00 p.m.