Sept. 27, 2003
PROVIDENCE, RI - In their second match of the 2003 Brown Invitational, the Brown volleyball team picked up its first win of the season, defeating St. Peter's 3-1 (30-19, 34-32, 26-30, 30-22) in the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday afternoon.
Freshman Liz Cvitan (Malibu, CA) led the way for Brown with 16 kills and a .591 hitting percentage, while sophomore Karalyn Kuchenbecker (Los Angeles, CA) notched 15 kills and freshman Shawn Tulac (Claremont, CA) added 10 kills. Kuchenbecker hit .261 and added a match-high 19 digs for her fourth double-double of the season, while Tulac hit .241 to help lead the Brown attack.
After St. Peter's built a 7-4 lead in game one, the Bears came back to tie it at 7-7, before the two teams traded points with ties at 8-8, 9-9, 12-12, and 13-13. The Brown attack began to gel, going on a 13-4 run, ending with a kill from Cvitan to give the Bears a 28-17 lead. After the two teams traded points once more, Kuchenbecker ended the game at 30-19 with a kill.
In game two, Brown again fell behind, 8-4, but came back to tie the game at 8-8. St. Peter's would then go on an 18-14 run to take a 26-18 lead. The two teams traded points again and again, as Brown clawed back to make the score 29-24, in favor of St. Peter's. Strong serving from freshman Victoria Kasten (Norwalk, OH) helped the Bears gain a 30-29 advantage, but St. Peter's wouldn't quit and the score was knotted at 32-32. Martin clinched the game for Brown, serving up two straight aces.
The two teams traded point back-and-forth in the third game until the Bears grabbed an 11-8 lead on a Cvitan serving ace. The Bears never led by more than two points as St. Peter's kept clawing back, eventually taking a 15-14 lead. Again, the teams traded points, tying the game at 19-19. But St. Peter's closed the game with an 11-7 run, winning 30-26.
However, the Bears would not be outdone, starting the fourth game with a 5-0 run. Brown held leads of 6-1, 10-5, 16-10, 19-12 and 24-15, the Bears' biggest lead of the match, and St. Peter's could get no closer than five points as Brown clinched the win, 30-22.
Brown will be back in action tonight, hosting Georgia State in the Bears' final match of the Brown Invitational.