Volleyball Entertains Princeton, Penn, Hosts Spike ALS Match

Volleyball Entertains Princeton, Penn, Hosts Spike ALS Match

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University volleyball hosts its first Ivy League home matches of the season when the Bears take on Princeton University on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. with Friday's contest against the Tigers serving as the team's Spike ALS Match.

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Brown's match against Princeton on Friday at 7 p.m. will serve as the Bears' Spike ALS Match as Brown works to support research and awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. The Bears will don red apparel for the match in support of the cause.

ALS has affected the family of Brown head coach Diane Short. Coach Short's mother and aunt have both passed away from the disease while her brother and sister currently have ALS. Fans can donate to the cause through the Brown Volleyball Spikes ALS page on the ALS Association's website. 

Video of all home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing yearly, monthly, or daily packages. 

Junior Sabrina Stillwell (Laguna Beach, Calif.) ranks eighth in the Ivy League in kills per set (2.66) and seventh in the conference in hitting percentage (.315) while sophomore Jacqueline Jacobs (Atlanta, Ga.) stands second in the league in blocks per set (1.30).

Senior Shirin Tooloee (San Jose, Calif.) has tallied 2.23 kills per set while a trio of freshmen – Gabrielle Moriconi (Naples, Fla.), Camberly Moriconi (Naples, Fla.), and Eliza Grover (Menlo Park, Calif.) – have added 2.19, 2.10, and 1.70 kills per set respectively. 

Senior Melissa Cairo (Hillsborough, Calif.) ranks third in the Ivy League with 3.73 digs per set while freshman Joanne Won (Newport Beach, Calif.) has notched 2.41 digs per set and totaled double-figure digs in three of her last four matches. Senior Shirin Tooloee (San Jose, Calif.) has tacked on 2.20 digs per set.

At the setter spot, freshman Bailie Salk (Tiburon, Calif.) has registered 4.75 assists per set, junior Elisa Merten (Woodside, Calif.) has posted 3.86 assists per set, and freshman Emma Chow (Boulder, Colo.) has chipped in 3.18 assists per set. 

Brown opened its season with a tournament title, taking the Holy Cross Invitational with wins over Fairleigh Dickinson (3-0), Manhattan (3-0), and the host Crusaders (3-1). With the tournament championship, the Bears started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2008. 

At the Holy Cross Invitational, freshman Eliza Grover (Menlo Park, Calif.) earned Tournament MVP and All-Tournament Team honors while junior Elisa Merten (Woodside, Calif.) and freshman Gabrielle Moriconi (Naples, Fla.) joined her on the All-Tournament Team. Junior Sabrina Stillwell (Laguna Beach, Calif.) garnered a spot on the All-Tournament Team at Bryant's Hampton Inn-vitational while freshman Joanne Won (Newport Beach, Calif.) claimed a spot on the All-Tournament Team at the Sacred Heart Invitational. 

Princeton enters the weekend with an 8-3 overall record and a 1-0 mark in Ivy League play. The Tigers defeated Penn in their Ivy opener, 3-0, and claim non-league wins over Boston College, Seton Hall, Villanova, and Connecticut. Natasha Skov and Maggie O'Connell both rank in the top four in the Ivy League in kills per set with 3.61 and 3.49 kills per set respectively.

Penn brings a 5-5 overall mark and a 0-1 Ivy League record into the weekend following a 3-0 loss to Princeton in its Ivy opener. In the Ivy League rankings, Parker Jones stands fifth with 3.23 kills per set, Sydney Morton sits third with 9.82 assists per set, and Kendall Covington ranks second with a .385 hitting percentage. 

Brown head coach Diane Short enters her 25th season in 2017 as the leader of the Bears. Since becoming head coach of the Bears in 1993, she has twice led Brown to the NCAA tournament and has captured three Ivy League titles. Short has coached 27 All-Ivy players, three Ivy League Players of the Year, and two Ivy League Rookies of the Year. 

After hosting Penn, Brown remains at home to face Cornell (Oct. 6, 7:00 p.m.) and Columbia (Oct. 7, 5:00 p.m.).