Brown Downs Crosstown Rival Providence College, 3-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  – Brown improved to .500 on Wednesday night at Alumni Hall, downing crosstown rival Providence College (2-7), 3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 25-18, 25-18). The Bears (2-2) were led by reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) who posted a double-double with a match-high 15 kills and 13 digs. 

The two teams came out evenly matched in the beginning of the first set, but with the Bears trailing at 16-15, a kill by freshman Taylor Bantle (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), who had five kills in the frame, seemed to swing the momentum in favor or Brown. Bruno rattled off five straight points to take control of the set after the Bantle kill. Sophomore Emma Pastore (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the way in the first with seven kills, while Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.) had 19 assists.

Despite another close start in the second set, PC was able to tie up the gmatch, using a second half surge to pull even with the Bears. The two teams were deadlocked at 18-all, but the Friars put together a 7-1 run to close out the set.

The close starts continued in the third as the Bears and Friars battled to a 13-all tie. The stalemate would not last though as a kill by Lord gave Brown a lead they would not relinquish. Bruno closed out the game on an 11-5 run.

PC refused to give up facing a 2-1 hole, and fought with the Bears to another 13-all tie in the fourth. However, a service error by the Friars and then a kill by sophomore Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) gave the Bears a two point lead they would not give up, closing out the match with a 10-5 advantage.

Bantle hit an impressive .588 in the game to go along with 12 kills and two blocks. Rieckhoff tallied 51 assists and just missed the double-double with eight digs. Senior libero Annika Gliottone (Warwick R.I.) led the way with 31 digs.

The Bears will make it seven-straight games on the road to open the season, when they travel to Queens, N.Y. on Friday for the St. John's Kaiser Classic.