Harvard Tops Brown 3-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  – Sophomore Emma Pastore (Los Angles, Calif.) and rookie Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) each tallied 16 kills as Brown's comeback came up short on Friday night at the Pizzitola Sports Center against Ivy League rival Harvard. The Bears were down 2-0 and battled back to take the next set, but were ultimately topped in the fourth, falling 3-1 (22-25, 17-25, 25-17, 22-25).

Harvard (9-5, 2-2) took an early 12-7 lead in the first set and despite a late comeback by the Bears (5-10, 1-3), Harvard held on for a 25-22 win. The Crimson carried the momentum into the second frame jumping out to another early lead at 14-7.

Despite the two-set deficit Brown battled with the Crimson in the third. Brown took the first point and lead until the 12-11 mark. Harvard was able to tie up the game on the next point, but Brown remained poised and retook the lead at 15-14 on a kill by sophomore Amanda Nickel (Corona Del Mar, Calif.). Bruno then closed out the frame on a 10-3 run, highlighted by four kills by Lord. 

The fourth was a tight clash as the teams struggled to a 16-all tie. Harvard took the next point on a kill by Teresa Skelly which sparked a 5-0 Crimson run. The Bears continued to fight and closed to within two at 22-20 on Lord's 16th kill, but Harvard was able to close out the match 25-22. 

Harvard standout Kristen Casey paced the Crimson with 21 kills and registered a double-double with 12 digs. 

Senior co-captain Annika Gliottone (Warwick, R.I.) tallied a match-high 44 assists and added 16 digs for a double-double. 

Brown is back in action tomorrow afternoon when they continue its Ivy League slate against Dartmouth at 5 p.m. at the Pizzitola.