Brown Falls to Columbia, 3-0

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A night after picking up its first Ivy League home victory, the Brown volleyball team could not find an answer for the Columbia Lions, falling 3-0 (13-25, 20-25, 17-25). Megan Gaughn led the way for the Lions, totaling a match-high 13 kills. Brown received a solid performance off the bench with 19 digs from rookie setter Rachel Killian (Laguna Beach, Calif.). 

Columbia (10-9, 5-5) had all cylinders firing on Saturday night, hitting .333 as a team while totaling eight blocks. 

Brown (6-14, 2-8) registered 31 kills to the Lions 41, but stayed close in the assist and dig totals, falling just short 36-30 and 38-37, respectively. 

Gaughn narrowly missed out on a double-double for Columbia with nine digs in addition to her match-high in kills, while setter Collen Brennan navigated the Lion offense with 31 assists. 

The Bears got a spark off the bench with Killian and junior hitter Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.), who chipped in with six kills.

Columbia came out strong in the first set, opening up a seven point lead at 8-3 and expanded the advantage to 19-10, before closing out the frame on a 6-3 run. The Lions did the same in the second,  starting with a 13-5 lead, but Brown battled back with five-straight points. The Bears got within three at 22-19, but kills by Heather Braunagel, Gaughn and Caitlin Brenton secured a 2-0 lead for Columbia.

The two teams continued to battle in the start of the third with the score deadlocked at 16-all, but the Lions strung together and impressive 9-1 run to take the match. 

Brown is back in action next weekend when they travel to take on Princeton and Penn.