Sept. 26, 2007
Kingston, RI - In a match for in-state bragging rights, the Brown volleyball team (2-8) defeated the University of Rhode Island (8-8) in three games, 30-21, 30-24, 30-26. The Bears got big matches from upperclassmen Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL), Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL), and Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) after being led by the team's freshmen for most of the season.
Senior middle blocker Mandolini-Trummel led the way offensively with 14 kills and a .565 hitting percentage, making just one error in 23 attempts. Senior libero Lapinski had 26 digs to lead the Bears' defensive effort, while junior setter Meyers recorded a double-double with 43 assists and 10 digs.
That's not to say that the freshmen did not contribute. Right-side hitter Brianna Williamson (Cincinnati, OH) had the best game of her young career, finishing with 13 kills and a .500 hitting percentage (13-2-22). Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) had 10 kills to give Bruno three players in double-digits, while Danielle Vaughan (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) led the team with three blocks, one solo.
The Bears jumped out to a 1-0 lead behind a strong first game from Williamson, who had 6 kills. Lapinski had 11 digs in the game to pace the Brown defense. Brown then took its first 2-0 lead of the season after building an early lead and withstanding a Rhody run that erased much of it. Mandolini-Trummel had five kills in the game to lead the Bears, while Meyers had 14 assists for the second straight game.
The third game was much closer, however, and the Rams eventually went on a 6-1 run to take a 23-20 lead. With URI about to take control, the Bears went back ahead with a 4-0 run keyed by two kills by Mandolini-Trummel and one by Williamson. Then, with the game tied at 26-26, Brown pulled away for good with four straight points, including a kill by Toman.
On Saturday, the Bears will open Ivy League play when they travel to New Haven, Conn., to take on Yale.