HANOVER, N.H. – Senior Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) and junior Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) each crushed 14 kills to snap a two-match losing streak and propel the Brown volleyball team to an Ivy League victory at Dartmouth in straight sets (25-23, 26-24, 28-26). The Bears improve to 9-12 overall and 5-5 in league action while the Big Green drops to 10-12 on the season and 3-7 in the Ivy League.
Sophomore Shannon Frost (Santa Ana, Calif.) matched a career high with 10 kills and hustled for 13 digs to complete the double-double, while junior Kathryn Conner (Newport Beach, Calif.) recorded a match-best 14 digs. Freshman Sarah Lucenti (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) handed out 24 assists and junior Maryl Vanden Bos (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) provided 22 helpers as the Bears posted a hitting percentage of .279 for their best mark in six matches.
For Dartmouth, Elisa Scudder matched Derrough and Lord with 14 kills on a sharp .632 hitting percentage. Julia Lau led her team with 14 digs and Stacey Benton paced all setters with 37 of her team's 39 assists.
Despite the shutout, none of Brown's victorious sets came easily and two of them needed extended play to decide a winner. Lucenti got the Bears started on the right foot with an ace to open the match and three kills apiece for Derrough and Frost led to a 13-13 tie. The Bears surrendered the lead briefly and trailed by as many as three points, but a kill by freshman Payton Smith (Atherton, Calif.) tied things at 22-22 and Lucenti's second service ace put Brown back in front, 23-22. Derrough cracked two more kills to finish the set, 25-23.
In set two, Lord and Scudder battled back and forth for position, but Brown owned an early 12-8 lead on a Lord point. Dartmouth rallied back to tie things at 14-14 and jumped in front by two on a Scudder attack and Brown error to hold a narrow lead into the final rallies. Despite reaching the 20-point mark first, the Big Green could not silence the swings of the visiting Bears and Lord struck twice to push a 23-23 deadlock. Lord followed up with an ace and Frost answered a Dartmouth point with back-to-back kills to win the set, 26-24.
Brown looked as though it would run away with set three after mounting a 7-3 advantage, but the Big Green stormed back to take a 9-8 lead on several Bear miscues. A 6-2 run shifted Dartmouth in front, 15-11, which prompted Lord and Derrough to regroup and swing the Bears back to a 17-17 tie. Lucenti's third ace spelled a 21-21 stalemate and the teams traded points over the next three possessions. A pair of Derrough kills kept pressure on the Big Green with match point, but it was Frost again who came through in the clutch with consecutive kills to end the contest, 28-26.
Brown returns home for its final regular season weekend stand next Friday when the Bears host Penn in Ivy League action at 7 p.m.