Sept. 19, 2008
Providence, R.I. - Seniors Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) and captain Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) carried the Brown volleyball team (5-1) to a hard-fought win at Pizzitola Gymnasium on Friday night, as the Bears narrowly edged out Stony Brook (4-8) 3-2 in their home opener. Yess had a double-double with 19 kills and 14 defensive digs, while Meyers amassed an impressive 52 assists and 19 digs, both team highs, to help the Bears win their opening game of the Brown Invitational.
Brown looked strong in the first set, jumping out to a 10-5 early lead and then holding on to win 25-18, while hitting an outstanding .486, with only one error. The second set again had the Bears looking strong, as the two teams traded points in the early going, until Brown went on a 4-0 run after being tied at 13, giving them a 17-13 advantage. They were then able to maintain the lead for a 25-19 victory. The Bears' defense was tremendous, allowing Stony Brook to hit only .065, and adding to their Ivy League-leading numbers.
Looking to complete the sweep, the Bears came out fighting in the third set, and took a 16-14 lead. Not ready to go down easily, however, the Seawolves rallied back to tie the game at 17 and then pulled away for a 25-20 win. The action was similarly competitive in the fourth set, as Stony Brook continued holding on. Both teams came out strong, as there were 11 separate times that the score was tied in the game. Brown looked to have the momentum when the team took a 19-17 lead late in the set, but the Seawolves again came back to tie it at 21, and then were able to go on a 4-1 run to take the game 25-22.
With Stony Brook smelling a comeback upset and the Bears looking to escape with a win, the final set kicked off with sharp play from both sides. The teams traded points until they found themselves tied at 10, at which point Stony Brook was able to knock off three consecutive points. Then, with the crowd cheering every shot, Brown came storming back behind the attacking of Yess, who recorded two kills in a row as Bruno took a 14-13 lead. Though the Seawolves were able to eke out one more point to force the set into overtime, Brown ultimately took the set and match, winning 16-14.
Sophomore Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) also had a big game Friday, registering a match-high 20 kills and five defensive digs while tallying only four errors in 49 attempts. Freshman Laurielle Hofer (Laguna Beach, CA) had a breakout game against the Seawolves, recording nine kills, tied for third on the team, and four total blocks.
In earlier action on the day Bryant College (9-3) defeated Quinnipiac (1-11) 3-0 as Hilary Andrews had 16 kills and 11 digs.
The Bears will be in action again on Saturday as they take on Quinnipiac at 10 a.m. and Bryant College at 7 p.m.