NEW YORK, N.Y. – Senior Shannon Frost posted eight kills and seven digs, but Brown University volleyball fell at Columbia University, 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-16), on Friday night at Levien Gymnasium.
The Bears (10-11, 4-5 Ivy) nearly took the first set before the host Lions (6-12, 4-5 Ivy) captured the frame and used that momentum to gain the second and third stanzas.
Frost (Santa Ana, Calif.) tied for the team highs in both kills and digs while sophomore Shirin Tooloee (San Jose, Calif.) tallied eight kills, and freshman Elisa Merten (Woodside, Calif.) notched seven digs. Senior Rachele Killian (Laguna Beach, Calif.) tossed out a team-best 13 assists.
Both teams matched each other point for point in set one with Columbia garnering a 20-17 lead late in the set. The Bears used a 5-2 spurt to tie the set at 22-22, but the Lions took the last three points for the 25-22 set win.
In set two, the Lions staked themselves to a 15-6 advantage to open the set. The Bears could pull no closer than six points for the remainder of the frame as the hosts grabbed a 2-0 set lead with the 25-15 set win.
The hosts earned a 13-6 lead to start the third set and maintained an edge at 21-12 en route to the 25-15 set victory. The Lions recorded a .517 hitting percentage in the period.
For Columbia, Katarina Jovicic registered match highs with 12 kills and seven blocks while Anja Malesevic terminated on 11 kills. Alex Reale distributed a match-best 37 assists.
Four different Lions contributed double-digit digs – Cassie Wes (14), Reale (11), Natasha Kosowicz (10), and Lanti Moye-McLaren (10).
Next, Brown plays at Cornell tomorrow at 5 p.m.