Sept. 24, 2003
Brown Volleyball took on their in-state rivals the University of Rhode Island at Keaney Gym on Tuesday night. It was a roller coaster ride. The Bears started off well in Game 1, jumping out to a quick lead over their hosts. Unfortunately they suffered another mid-game swoon, allowing the Rams to surge ahead to what would end up being a fairly comfortable win, a 30-21 victory.
Game 2 was be a much better story. On the back of better defense and an improved attack, Brown fought back. In what was a see-saw battle the whole way, the Bears claimed their first game victory of the 2003 campaign in close fashion, 30-28.
The good feeling of getting their first game win didn't carry into Game 3. Instead, the Rams jumped out to a commanding 10-2 lead, eventually winning the game, 30-19 with a .464 hitting percentage.
Again, though, Brown fought back in Game 4. The defense was able to pick up the pace, and the block made itself felt. Some very scrappy play and a string of URI serving errors helped the Bears to a 20-12 lead. Unfortunately, Brown too had some serving woes that helped keep the host side in the match. Rhode Island went on to win the deciding game 30-27.
The Bears had their best blocking performance, with 9 total blocks. Their 8 aces were also tops for the year to-date. Sophomore Karalyn Kuchenbecker posted her second double-double as she led the team in both kills (12) and digs (16). Freshman Liz Cvitan set new personal bests with 10 kills, a .368 hitting percentage, and 5 blocks. Senior Kim Highlund's 11 digs were second on the team for the night and moved her closer to a spot in the record books.
Brown's next challenge will be this weekend when the Bears host the Brown Invitational. New Hampshire will be the first opponent at 7:00PM on Friday, with St Peter's following on Saturday at 1:00. Brown will conclude tournament play on Saturday evening with a match against Georgia State at 7:00.