PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore outside hitter Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) tallied an impressive 17 kills to the lead the Brown volleyball team against Ivy League rival Columbia, but it was not enough as the Lions edged past the Bears 3-1 (25-23, 23-25, 22-25, 18-25). Columbia was paced by outside hitter Meghan Gaughn who had a match-high 19 kills.
Brown (4-9, 0-2) and Columbia (8-4, 2-0) played three closely contested games to open the match, with each team playing one another to within two points of each set.
It was the Bears that lead early, breaking a 14-all tie in the first set on a 5-2 run. Columbia did fight back, closing to within one at 22-21, but Brown got kills from junior Kathryn Glickman (San Francisco, Calif.), freshman Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) and Derrough to close out a 25-23 win.
The second set was even closer as neither team opened up more than a three-point lead after the 11-8 mark. Columbia did jump out to an 11-5 lead in the early going, but Brown closed to within two, with a 4-0 run capped by a kill by Lord.
Both the Lions and Bears continued to trade points until the 20-18 mark in the second stanza, when Brown used a 4-2 run anchored by two kills from Derrough to tie the frame at 22-all. Columbia's Gaughn was the first to break the tie with a kill, but senior Annika Gliottone (Warwick, R.I.) chipped in one of her own to tie it up again. Not to be outdone, Gaughn put another away before Monique Roberts came up with a block to seal the 25-23 Columbia win.
It was another deadlocked set in the third as the teams fought to 10-all, 13-all, 16-all, and 19-all ties. However, Columbia was the team to take advantage with a kill from Roberts at 19-19. The Lions then used kills from Gaughn to take a two-point lead and then close out the set at 25-22.
The battle continued in the fourth as the teams were knotted again at 12-all. From there it was the Lions that took the upper hand, using a 5-0 run to gain control and then a 5-1 rush to close out a 25-18 win.
Playing her first game at libero, sophomore Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.) totaled a match-high 22 digs to go along with five assists. Derrough added eight digs, a service ace and an assist to her team-high 17 kills. Lord was second on the squad with 13 kills and chipped in five digs. Starting at setter, Gliottone recorded a match-high 40 assists registered 19 digs for the double-double.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. when the team hosts Ivy League foe Cornel at the Pizzitola Sports Center.