Sept. 8, 2007
Coral Gables, FL - Behind a solid team effort, the Brown volleyball team (1-2) picked up its first win of the season in its second game of the day at the Hurricane Invitational, beating Loyola University of Chicago (2-7), 3-1. Three Bears recorded double-digit kills in the win, while three others recorded double-digit digs. In earlier action, Brown fell to host Miami (5-3), 3-0. At the conclusion of the tournament, freshman outside hitter Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Against Loyola, freshman Toman led the Bears for the third time in three matches in kills with 14. Senior Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL) and junior Lillie Cohn (Seattle, WA) had 10 kills apiece as well. On the back line, senior captain Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) and junior Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) both had 17 digs, with sophomore Kiana Alzate (Del Mar, CA) right behind at 16. Meyers also chipped in 42 assists, with middle blockers Mandolini-Trummel and freshman Danielle Vaughan (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) combining for seven total blocks.
In game one, Loyola took a six-point lead early before Bruno stormed back to tie the game at 21-21. With the game still close at 26-25, three straight Loyola errors gave the Bears a cushion before Toman put the game away for a 30-26 Brown win. Loyola won the second game, 30-27, but the Bears took two close 30-28 wins to close out the match, despite a 30-kill performance from Loyola's Dana van Diggelen.
Earlier in the day, the Bears became the third-straight shutout victims to a red-hot Hurricanes squad, falling 30-15, 30-23, and 30-23. Head Coach Diane Short got 13 players into the match, getting experience against a top national team. Lapinski recorded 24 digs in just three games to lead all players, while Mandolini-Trummel had three blocks, one solo.
For the weekend, Toman had a team-high 3.64 kills-per-game average, with Mandolini-Trummel (2.40) and Cohn (2.36) also above two per game. Lapinski set herself on pace for another record-breaking season, leading the team with 6.36 digs per game. Meyers averaged 9.82 assists per game, while Mandolini-Trummel posted team-highs with a .320 attack percentage and 0.90 blocks per game.
The Bears will continue play next weekend at the UAlbany Classic, where they'll take on Northeastern and Eastern Michigan in addition to the host Great Danes.
2007 Hurricane Invitational Awards
Ashley Woods, Miami
Alyse Serritella, Loyola
Bridget Bomhack, Miami
Katie Gallagher, Miami
Stephanie Berry, Delaware
Megan Welch, Delaware
Megan Toman, Brown