PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown got is first win of the season Saturday afternoon at the Sacred Heart Invitational, topping Hartford 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-21, 25-13). The Bears (1-2) also took on Rutgers at the tournament, but were topped in a match that went down to the wire, 3-2 (25-20, 17-25, 25-21, 28-30, 17-19).
Talented rookie Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) continued to make a big impact for the Bears, posting a double-double (16 kills, 17 digs) versus Hartford to help lead Bruno to its first win. For her efforts, the freshman outside hitter was named to All-Tournament Team. Lord was not alone on the offensive attack as sophomore Emma Pastore (Los Angeles, Calif.) also racked up 16 kills in the 3-1 victory.
Brown took control early versus Hawks, jumping out to a 12-5 lead in the first set. The Bears continued to keep the pressure on and used a kill from Lord and an ace from senior captain Annika Gliottone (Warwick, R.I.) at 23-16 to close out the game.
In the second, the Bears trialed early, 8-5 but used a 5-1 run to take the lead. The teams traded points to the 22-all mark, but it was Harford that strung three straight points together to tie the match at one.
The third played out much like the second as the teams were evenly matched throughout, but this time it was the Bears who were able to take control late, using a 7-3 run at the 18-all mark to close out the set.
Brown kept the foot on the gas in the fourth, taking an early 7-3 lead and pushed the advantage to 17-9 on the way to a 25-13 win.
Against Rutgers, Brown played strong in the first set, battling to a 14-all tie and then a 20-16 lead, before closing out the set on a service ace by Lord.
Bruno stayed with the Scarlet Knights for the start of second, playing to within one point until the 10-9 mark. Rutgers turned it on afterward, pointing four straight to take control of the set on their way to a 25-17 win.
In the third set, Brown took a 4-3 lead and never trailed again. Rutgers was able to tie it up 19, but the Bears remained poised and used a 6-2 run, capped off by a kill by Pastore, to take a 2-1 lead.
The fourth set went down to the wire, and past, as the teams were dead-locked at 24-all. Brown and Rutgers continued to fight, pushing the mark to 28-all, but a kill and an ace by the Scarlet Knights tied the match at two.
In the final set Rutgers lead early, 8-4, but Brown continued to battle, tying the game at 14. The Bears were the first to get to 15 after a kill by Lord, but Rutgers refused to back down, fighting to 17-all. In the end, it was the Knights again with two-straight to take the match.
Bruno returns to action this coming Wednesday when they take on cross-town rival Providence College on the road at 7 p.m.