PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Seniors Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) and Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.) combined for 35 kills to help the Brown volleyball team finish 2-1 at the Temple Invitational as the Bears beat Delaware State, 3-1 (26-24, 25-27, 25-20, 25-22), and fell to Temple, 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-21), on Saturday. Brown moves to 4-6 overall while the Hornets slip to 1-7 and the Owls improve to 9-2.
Rieckhoff added 27 digs to her offensive performance, while freshman setter Sarah Lucenti (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) dished out 30 assists. First-year Carly Wagenbach (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) delivered a season-high 20 assists in game one and classmate Payton Smith (Atherton, Calif.) added seven kills and nine block assists in the morning victory.
Brown took advantage of 12 Delaware State attack errors to edge out a 26-24 win in set one before the Hornets hit a match high .233 to win the second set, 27-25. The Bears then used a 5-0 run to finalize a 25-20 win in the third set before outlasting a late fourth-set Delaware State rally to take the deciding set, 25-22.
The Owls used a .280 hitting percentage and stifling defense at the net for 14 blocks in a straight-set win over Brown in the afternoon contest. Gabriella Matautia provided fierce offense with a match-high 18 kills for Temple, which doubled Derrough's team-leading nine kills for the Bears. Rieckhoff and junior Kathryn Conner (Newport Beach, Calif.) fought to slow the Temple attack with a combined 26 digs, but the Owls made just 11 errors all match and hit at a .341 clip in the third set to put the game away. Brown's best effort came in the second set when the Bears cut a five-point deficit to one (19-18), but the Owls narrowly escaped with the final six points.
The Bears open Ivy League play on Saturday, Sep. 28, when Brown heads to defending Ivy League champion and NCAA Tournament participant Yale for a 5 p.m. contest.