Volleyball Sweeps Fairleigh Dickinson, Manhattan to Open Season

Volleyball Sweeps Fairleigh Dickinson, Manhattan to Open Season

WORCESTER, Mass. – Brown University volleyball swept Fairleigh Dickinson University, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 37-35), and Manhattan College, 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-10), on its opening day on Friday at the Holy Cross Invitational inside the Hart Center.

The Bears (2-0) rallied past the Knights (1-4) in extra points in set three to earn the victory in their first match of the day before topping the Jaspers (0-5) in overtime in set one en route to their second win of the day.

For the afternoon, freshman Gabrielle Moriconi (Naples, Fla.) led Brown with 25 kills alongside 18 digs, including her first collegiate double-double vs. FDU. Between the two matches, senior Shirin Tooloee (San Jose, Calif.) tallied 20 kills, senior Melissa Cairo (Hillsborough, Calif.) tallied 32 digs, and freshman Bailie Salk (Tiburon, Calif.) and junior Elisa Merten (Woodside, Calif.) dished out 41 and 37 assists respectively.

Next, Brown closes out the tournament with a match against host Holy Cross tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 2, at 1:00 p.m.

Match 1: Brown 3, Fairleigh Dickinson 0 (25-18, 25-14, 37-35)

Freshman Gabrielle Moriconi registered a double-double on a match-best 17 kills and 13 digs in her collegiate debut to lead Brown to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 37-35) win over Fairleigh Dickinson in its season opener on Friday afternoon.

Moriconi (Naples, Fla.) posted a .438 hitting percentage to go with her double-double while junior Sabrina Stillwell (Laguna Beach, Calif.) tallied 12 kills. Senior Shirin Tooloee (San Jose, Calif.) totaled 11 kills and seven digs.

Freshman Bailie Salk (Tiburon, Calif.) dished out a match-high 26 assists while junior Elisa Merten (Woodside, Calif.) compiled 19 assists and eight digs. Senior libero Melissa Cairo (Hillsborough, Calif.) notched a team-best 16 digs, and junior Courtney Palm (St. Louis, Mo.) led the match with six blocks.

In the opening set, Brown pulled ahead 9-3 and maintained an edge at 14-12. The Bears then used a 7-2 run to gain a 21-14 lead before closing the 25-18 win. Stillwell landed four kills in the set with Salk and Cairo adding seven assists and eight digs respectively.

The Bears took a 2-0 set lead behind a 25-14 win in set two. After claiming an 11-8 edge, Brown went on a 12-3 run to stake a 23-11 advantage. Moriconi terminated on four kills in the set while Salk and Merten combined for 15 assists.

In the final frame, Brown led 15-11 before FDU rallied to tie it at 18-18. The Knights took a 24-22 lead before Brown knotted the score at 24-24. From there, the period witnessed 10 ties, six set points for Brown, and four set points for FDU before the Bears captured the last three points to take the match. Moriconi registered nine kills in the stanza while Salk had 12 assists.

For FDU, Carly O'Sullivan posted a match-high 17 digs, and Erika Sullivan handed out 24 assists.

Match 2: Brown 3, Manhattan 0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-10)

Freshman Eliza Grover landed a match-high 10 kills on .500 hitting as Brown swept Manhattan, 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-10), in its second game of the day at the Holy Cross Invitational on Friday evening.

Grover (Menlo Park, Calif.) led the Bears attack and committed just one error on 18 attempts. Senior Shirin Tooloee (San Jose, Calif.) tallied nine kills and five aces, freshman Gabrielle Moriconi (Naples, Fla.) posted eight kills and five digs, and sophomore Jacqueline Jacobs (Atlanta, Ga.) registered eight kills and four blocks.

At the setter spot, junior Elisa Merten (Woodside, Calif.) recorded a match-high 18 assists and five digs while freshman Bailie Salk (Tiburon, Calif.) added 15 assists and five digs. Senior libero Melissa Cairo (Hillsborough, Calif.) came up with a match-best 16 digs.

Manhattan held a 12-11 lead in set one before Brown answered with six consecutive points to grab a 17-12 edge. After the Jaspers pulled ahead 23-22 on a 6-1 spurt, the Bears scored four of the set's last five points to win, 26-24. Tooloee terminated on five kills in the set.

In set two, Brown gained a 10-5 margin before Manhattan tied the score at 10-10. The Bears countered with a 9-3 run to re-gain a 19-13 advantage prior to closing out the 25-17 win. Grover and Jacobs each made four kills in the set with Cairo and Salk contributing seven digs and nine assists respectively.

Closing out the match, Brown won 25-10 in set three. The Bears took leads of 7-1 and 16-7 and concluded the frame with eight unanswered points. Grover and Moriconi each converted on five kills in the stanza.

For Manhattan, Alyssa Rehrer charted 12 digs, and Zoe Lindsey posted 11 assists.

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