Volleyball Earns First Win of Season With 3-1 Victory Over St. Peter's

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.

The Bears also had a strong blocking game with sophomore Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles, CA) tallying two solo and five assisted blocks. Freshman Rikki Baldwin (Magnolia, TX) added five assisted blocks.

Senior Kim Highlund (Newark, CA) also tallied 19 digs, while junior Elvina Kung (Dix Hills, NY) added 18 digs.

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.