PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After four of the past five games on the road for the Brown volleyball team, the Bears seemed to feed off of their home court crowd, jumping out to an early 1-0 lead against Princeton, which stood in second-place in the Ivy League. Bruno was narrowly edged in the second set, before the Tigers were able to find their groove on their way to a 3-1 (27-25, 23-25, 14-25, 17-25) win.
Brown was lead offensively by junior co-captain Katrina Post (Pasadena, Calif.) who posted a team-high 13 kills, and registered a double-double with 10 digs.
It was an all-out battle in the first set. The two teams were deadlocked at 19-all after a kill from sophomore outside hitter Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.), and Brown used the momentum from the point to garner a 22-21 lead. Princeton fought back however, retaking the lead and reaching match point at 24-23, but the Bears would not relent. Bruno got kills from Derrough and junior Kathryn Glickman (San Francisco, Calif.) to push Brown to match point at 26-25, before a service ace from freshman Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) gave the Bears a 1-0 lead.
Brown built upon its lead in the second set, holding a 12-8 advantage after a kill by Lord. However, the Tigers showed why they were 8-2 in the Ivy League thus far, pulling even at 15-all. The Bears were able to remain steadfast though, continuing on to a 23-19 lead, but once again, Princeton was able to rally, registering six-straight points to pull even at one set each.
The Tigers seemed to feed off of the win in the second set, holding an early 12-9 lead in third which they quickly expanded to a 21-12 advantage. Princeton closed out the frame on kills from Cathryn Quinn and Nicole Kincade.
Princeton continued to roll offensively in the fourth, holding 6-1, 15-9 and 20-14 advantages, before closing out the match on at 5-3 run.
Brown will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 5 p.m., when the Bears take on Penn at the Pizzitola Center and honor five seniors, Annika Gliottone, Spencer McAndrews, Laurielle Hofer, Laura Cassselbery and Jessica Gandy, as they celebrate senior day.