Sept. 20, 2008
Providence, R.I. - The Brown volleyball team (7-1) completed a terrific weekend Saturday night, sweeping cross-town rival Bryant College (9-5) to wrap up a perfect 3-0 record in the Brown Invitational. Senior captain Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) keyed the Bears in the victory, compiling a match-high 40 assists and adding four digs and three kills on .750 hitting. With the win, Brown has already matched their victory total from all of last season.
The Bears came out strong in the first set, taking leads of 5-2 and 10-5 early in the action. Holding a comfortable 21-14 advantage, Bruno looked as though it would take the first game easily. The Bulldogs continued fighting hard, however, and rallied back to within 24-23. They were unable to complete the comeback though, and fell just short as Brown went on to win 25-23. Keying on the momentum from their opening victory, the Bears were unstoppable to begin the second set, and jumped to a 14-4 lead. Careful not to repeat their mistake from the first game, the team maintained their focus, never allowing Bryant to gain any ground as they held on to win 25-10. The Bears hit an impressive .583 from the field, while holding Bryant to only a .045 percentage.
The final set was similarly lopsided, as Brown struck early and often, going up 17-7 before finishing off the set and match by a final tally of 25-11. The disparity in hitting was again startling, as the Bears had a .531 percentage while holding Bryant to nothing from the field, as the Bobcats compiled an equal number of kills and errors. The win gave Brown the tournament title and continued the team's impressive beginning to the season.
Sophomore Danielle Vaughan (Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA) continued her strong play in the tournament, with 10 kills on .643 hitting, while senior Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) also played a major role, leading the Bears with 13 kills and adding seven defensive digs. Freshman libero Annika Gliottone (Warwick, R.I.) was also solid, leading the team with 12 digs and chipping in four assists. Gliottone, Meyers, and Vaughan were named to the all-tournament team.
The Bears will be in action again on Friday, when they travel to the Stony Brook Invitational, where they will open play at 4 p.m. against St. Francis (PA).