PROVIDENCE, RI – Sophomore Thea Derrough (La Jolla, CA) tallied a match-high 19 kills to help lead the Brown volleyball team (5-9, 1-2) to a 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 26-28, 25-19, 16-14) win over visiting Cornell (3-11, 0-3) on Saturday afternoon at the Pizzitola Center.
Overall, Derrough also added 11 digs for a double-double and pitched in one ace. Junior Kathryn Glickman (San Francisco, CA) also reached double digits in kills with 13, while freshman Taylor Bantle (Pacific Palisades, CA) had a match-high .375 hitting percentage (6-0-16). Senior Annika Gliottone (Warwick, RI) posted a match-high 52 assists and also added 17 digs, while sophomore Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, CA) led both teams with 24 digs.
After the two teams traded points to open the first set, Brown would open up a 5-1 lead, capped by a kill from Glickman. However, the Big Red would battle back into the match, tying the score at 6-6 and then go on to build a 9-7 lead on a service ace by Risa Ka'awa.
The two teams would battle back-and-forth through 10-10 until a 5-0 Cornell run gave the Big Red their biggest lead of the first set. Brown kept chipping away at the lead, but each time Cornell would get a point of its own and eventually lead, 20-15. Brown mounted its final comeback in the first set at 21-18, scoring four straight points to take a 22-21 lead on a kill by Bantle. Cornell was able to tie the score one more time at 22-22, but Brown closed the first set with a 3-1 run, clinching it on a kill by Derrough to take the first set, 25-23.
The second set was more of the same during the early going with Brown grabbing a 3-1 lead. However, after battling point-for-point with Cornell through 9-9, the Big Red went on a 5-1 run to hold a 14-10 lead, which eventually went to 18-12 and then 21-14, as Brown could never quite catch up, falling 25-16.
Cornell won a back-and-forth third set, 26-24, coming back from an 11-6 deficit early and then a 22-18 deficit late to tie the match at 22-22, before outscoring Brown 6-4 down the stretch.
With both teams fighting for their first Ivy win of the year, Brown forced a fifth game with a dominating performance in the fourth set. Again the teams were neck-and-neck during the early going, but Brown managed to maintain at least a one-point lead throughout after an early 1-1 tie. A kill by Derrough gave Brown its biggest lead, 16-9, and though Cornell did close the gap to 20-19, a pair of kills by Derrough, a third by Glickman, and a service ace by Rieckhoff regained a six-point lead for the Bears, eventually setting up the deciding set.
In the fifth and final set, the two teams again went back-and-fourth with neither side leading by more than a point through 5-5. With Derrough serving, Brown went on a 3-0 run to open up an 8-5 lead. The Bears held leads of 9-6 and 10-7, as each time Cornell closed the lead to two points, Brown would answer. The Big Red did close the gap to 10-9, but back-to-back kills by Glickman regained a three-point lead, 12-9, for the Bears.
Cornell would not quit, however, as the visitors scored three straight points to tie the game at 14-14 after a kill by freshman Brittany Link (Hinkley, OH) had set up match point for Brown at 14-11. Link then put the match away with back-to-back kills.
Brown resumes action next weekend when it hosts Harvard (Friday) and Dartmouth (Saturday) in a pair of Ivy League matches.