Brown Volleyball Goes Down To The Wire, Falls To Columbia

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown volleyball team went back-and-forth with Columbia Friday night at the Pizzitola Center as both teams battled to the 17th point of the fifth set. The Lions (11-5, 3-2) ended up on top however, as they edged out the Bears (6-11, 0-5) with one final kill, 3-2 (24-26, 25-22, 18-25, 25-20, 17-15).

Several great statistical performance were not enough to push Brown past Columbia as both sophomore Katrina Post (Pasadena, Calif.), who posted a game-high 18 kills with 10 digs, and senior Brianna Williamson (Cincinnati, Ohio), who had 10 kills and 22 digs each, each had double-doubles.  

The first set went past the 25th point as a kill by Post foiled set point for the Lions. Columbia was able to prevail in the set two points later as Megan Gaughn picked up one of her team-high 17 kills to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.

Brown rebounded in the second set with the game tied at 22-all. The Bears rattled off three straight points on kills by freshmen Emma Pastore (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Thea Derrough (LaJolla, Calif.) and a service ace from Post.

Columbia came out renewed in the third game, taking an early four point advantage, allowing the Bears to close within two points just once and finishing the set another kill from Gaughn for the 25-18 win.

The Bears were able to regroup however in the fourth set and showed much of the same life it had in game two. Brown maintained the lead through the set and finished it off with three-straight kills from Pastore, sophomore Kathryn Glickman (San Francisco, Calif.) and Williamson.

The fifth and final set had more drama than the first four combined. Columbia jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead, forcing the Bears to take a timeout. The break did not sway the momentum from the Lions as they increased their lead to 10-4. Just when it seemed as Columbia had gained the upper hand for good, three attack Lion attack errors and two kills from Derrough brought the Bears within two at the 11-9 mark.

Post's 16th kill of the game brought Brown within one and a service ace from Glickman tied the match 13.  After a Columbia kill, back-to-back solo blocks from senior co-captain Danielle Vaughan (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) gave the Bears the lead again, but it would not hold as Columbia defense forced two errors and final service ace gave the Lions the win.

Freshman Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.) led all players with 50 assists and came dig shy of a double-double. Pastore was second on the squad with 15 kills while chipping in six digs and three blocks. Junior libero Annika Gliottone (Warwick, R.I.) registered a game-high 35 digs.

The Bears are back in action tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. as they host Cornell.