PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman Sabrina Stillwell recorded 13 kills on a .524 hitting percentage, but Brown University volleyball fell to Providence College, 3-0 (25-16, 28-26, 26-24), on Tuesday night at Alumni Hall.
The Bears (2-2) nearly rallied to take set three from the Friars (4-4) before the hosts held off their visiting crosstown rivals in extra points after taking set two in overtime.
Stillwell (Laguna Beach, Calif.), who earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors earlier in the day, posted her 13 kills on 21 swings with just two errors. Junior Payton Smith (Atherton, Calif.) supported her with eight kills on .389 hitting.
Sophomore libero Melissa Cairo (Hillsborough, Calif.) tied for the match high with 16 digs while, at the setter spot, junior Sarah Lucenti (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and senior Rachele Killian (Laguna Beach, Calif.) each notched 18 assists.
PC took set one, 25-16, closing the stanza with a 7-1 run. Tied at 5-5, the Friars used a 9-1 streak to claim a 14-6 edge. The Bears responded, claiming seven of the next eight points to pull within 15-13 before the hosts gained separation. Stillwell paced the visitors with four kills in the set while Cairo had six digs.
The two sides played within three points of one another over set two's first half before the Bears rattled off a 7-1 run to capture a 21-16 advantage. PC came back to seize a 24-23 lead with a 5-1 streak before holding on for the set win in extra points, 28-26. Stillwell and Smith landed four and three kills apiece in the stanza.
In set three, both teams traded leads before the Friars built a 14-10 edge on a 5-1 burst. The Bears methodically worked their way back into the frame, going ahead 22-20 on a 6-1 run. The hosts countered the Bears' charge though winning the final four points. Stillwell fueled Brown's late rally with four kills on the visitors' last six points.
Next, Brown begins play at the NMSU-UTEP Borderland Classic on Friday with matches at UTEP (1 p.m. ET) and at New Mexico St. (9 p.m. ET). The Bears then play on Saturday at NMSU vs. Robert Morris (4:30 p.m. ET) and Denver (9 p.m. ET).