Volleyball Swept by Missouri State and St. John’s at Holly Young Invitational

Volleyball Swept by Missouri State and St. John’s at Holly Young Invitational

DURHAM, N.H. – Senior Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) led the Brown volleyball team with a combined 18 kills between a pair of 3-0 losses to Missouri State (25-23, 25-20, 25-17) and St. John's (25-11, 25-14, 25-15) in day two action of the Holly Young Invitational at Lundholm Gymnasium on Saturday. The Bears now stand at 0-3 on the season, while Missouri State improves to 5-1 and St. John's jumps to 4-3.


Senior Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.) was named to the All Tournament Team after racking up 29 kills and 25 digs over three matches. 


In the battle of the Bears, the westernmost Bears of Missouri State won their fourth straight contest and downed Brown in straight sets. Not a single Missouri State player reached double-digits in kills, but rather, the victors spread the wealth and saw their 38 kills distributed among six players, five of whom finished with at least six kills. For Brown, Derrough smashed a match-best 11 kills, and junior Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) and Rieckhoff chipped in eight kills apiece. Freshman setter Sarah Lucenti (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) contributed 19 assists and junior Kathryn Conner (Newport Beach, Calif.) led the way with 12 digs.


Brown mounted a small lead midway through the first set as a Missouri State attack error put Brown up 11-10. A series of errors by the Bears of the Ivy League let the lead slip away, however, and several tie scores gave way to a 20-16 lead for Missouri State. Brown battled back to claim a 21-20 advantage on kills by Derrough and senior Amanda Nickel (Corona Del Mar, Calif.), but the opposition swiped five of the next seven points to win the set.


Missouri State proceeded to dominate the second and third sets, storming out to a sizeable 13-3 lead in the former. Lord crushed back-to-back kills and Rieckoff and Derrough traded points to help Brown claw back within four, but the initial deficit proved insurmountable as Brown fell 25-20. It then looked certain that Brown would force a fourth set by stampeding to a 7-1 lead to start set three, but Missouri State scored seven unanswered points to make it 7-7 before Brown could catch its breath. Missouri State proceeded to go on a 9-0 run and ultimately finished the match with a 25-17 tally.


A strong Red Storm squad handed Brown its third defeat in two days and held the Bears to 26 points in the contest. Derrough posted a team-high seven kills, Lucenti dished out nine assists and Conner dug 11 balls in the loss. St. John's hit at a staggering .500 clip, making just five attack errors in the team's fourth win of the year.


The Bears hung with St. John's early in the first set, but an 8-5 deficit quickly burst into a double-digit hole as the Red Storm pulled away on a handful of Brown attack errors. Similarly in set two, the Bears matched their opponents point-for-point up until a 10-10 tie, but a 15-4 run by St. John's ended the Brown momentum and put the Red Storm up by two sets.


The decisive St. John's hitting continued in the third set and a .500 mark saw the Red Storm seize an early eight-point lead. The Bears did their best hitting in the third set, but a .161 percentage would not be enough to turn the tides on their Big East opponents.  


The Bears return to action on Wednesday at Providence College for a non-league match at 7 p.m. Fans can follow the action with live stats as Brown battles the Friars in a crosstown showdown at Alumni Hall.