Volleyball Rallies, Drops Five-Set Decision to Princeton

Volleyball Rallies, Drops Five-Set Decision to Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. – Brown University volleyball rallied to win the fourth set and came back to force extra points in the fifth frame but fell to Princeton University, 3-2 (22-25, 25-17, 25-18, 19-25, 21-19), inside Dillon Gymnasium on Friday night.

The Bears (6-10, 1-3 Ivy League) erased a 7-1 deficit in the deciding set and gained match point on three occasions, but the host Tigers (9-5, 4-0 Ivy League) staved off defeat each time to remain unbeaten in conference play.

Senior Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) recorded a team-high 15 kills to go with 11 digs for her first double-double of the season. Sophomore Payton Smith (Atherton, Calif.) and senior Brittany Link (Hinckley, Ohio) each tallied 10 kills.

Sophomore Sarah Lucenti (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) posted a double-double of her own on 25 assists and 16 digs while senior Maryl Vanden Bos (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) notched 25 assists, junior Shannon Frost (Santa Ana, Calif.) made 21 digs, and senior Kathryn Conner (Newport Beach, Calif.) had 20 digs.

The Bears won the first set, 25-22, taking a lead at 17-16 and holding an advantage the rest of the way. After Princeton took an early 5-1 edge, the Bears went on a 5-1 run to tie the score at 6-6. The two teams played within two points of one another until the Bears went up 22-19.

Neither side held a lead larger than three points in set two until the Tigers grabbed an 18-14 edge. Brown responded with three straight points to pull within 18-17, but Princeton claimed the frame's last seven points for a 25-17 win.

Brown held a 12-9 advantage in set three before Princeton recorded six straight points to take a 15-12 edge. The Bears cut their deficit to 18-17, but Princeton closed the game on a 7-1 run.

The visitors responded with a 25-19 victory in set four, keeping the Tigers at bay over the stanza's second half. After Princeton tied the set at 15-15, Brown pulled ahead 18-15. The hosts sliced the margin to 19-18 before the Bears finished the frame on a 6-1 streak.

For Princeton, Kendall Peterkin charted a match-best 26 kills while Nicole Kincade followed with 16 kills. Ginny Willis led all players with 63 assists, and Sarah Daschbach contributed 21 digs.

Next, Brown plays at Penn tomorrow at 5 p.m.