PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY – The Brown University women's volleyball team (6-15) came to Princeton, New Jersey ready to fight on Friday night, loosing their match with the Princeton Tigers (12-9) in three, hotly contested sets. Princeton is currently battling for the Ivy League title, sitting in second place in the standings, making the Bears' performance all the more impressive.
Freshman Shannon Frost (Santa Ana, CA) had a team-high 10 kills in addition to 11 digs, while senior Katrina Post (Pasadena, CA) contributed nine kills, eight digs and three service aces to the team's unified offensive effort. As they banded together to battle through each set, several other Bears had standout performances. Junior setter Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, CA) had a match-high 38 assists, while also tallying 11 digs over the course of the evening, and sophomore libero Kathryn Connor (Newport Beach, CA) accumulated a match-high 19 digs.
The first set, which Princeton ultimately took 27-25, saw Brown gain an early lead before the Tigers accumulated eight consecutive points to gain an 11-5 edge. The teams battled back and forth for the rest of the set, never more than three points apart, until kills by Frost and Post put the set ball in Brown's hands. Princeton rallied back with a kill and a service ace, before winning the match on a Brown attack error.
In play filled with errors by both teams, the Bears and the Tigers exchanged leads continuously throughout the second set, finding themselves in a 22-22 tie after a kill by senior Kathryn Glickman (San Francisco, CA). Princeton pulled ahead in the end, however, winning the set 25-23.
The evening's match concluded with perhaps the hardest fought set, with neither team able to find or maintain a sizable lead. Playing down to the wire, Brown tied things up 22-22 on a kill by sophomore Maggie Lord (La Jolla, CA) but failed to pull ahead, as Princeton claimed the victory, 25-22.
The Bears will look to continue this spirited level of play when they travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania tomorrow afternoon to take on the Penn Quakers. The 5:00pm match will conclude Brown's road action for the 2012 season, as they return home next weekend for their final two contests of this year's campaign.