Sept. 29, 2007
Providence, RI - Freshman Danielle Vaughan (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) tied a top-five mark with a 2.3 blocks-per-game average, as the Brown volleyball team (2-9, 0-1 Ivy) dropped its Ivy opener at Yale (7-3, 1-0), 30-19, 30-28, 30-26. Vaughan's seven blocks and .429 hitting percentage were both match highs, as the Bears gave the Bulldogs all they could handle in games two and three after faltering in the first.
The Bears dug themselves a hole in game one, making 10 errors to go with 10 kills for a .000 hitting percentage while Yale hit .205 to take an easy win. However, Bruno got things straightened out for game two, out-hitting the Bulldogs .238 to .193. Although Yale pulled ahead as much as 24-16, Brown whittled away at the lead, cutting the deficit to one at 27-26 after a block by Vaughan and sophomore Kiana Alzate (Del Mar, CA). A pair of Yale kills followed, although Brown got back to within one after an Alzate kill and a Yale error. However, Yale sophomore Alexis Crusey, last season's Ivy League Rookie of the Year, finished the game with a kill to give her team a big 2-0 advantage.
In a sloppy third game that saw Yale out-hit Brown .038 to .026, things remained tight up to a 24-24 tie. At that point, the home squad took command with two kills, a block, and an ace to go up 28-24. Bruno got two points on a kill and an ace by junior Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR), but the Elis finished the match with a kill and a block to take the three-game victory.
Vaughan, Alzate, and freshman Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) tied for the team lead with eight kills each. Senior libero Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) led four Bears with double-digit digs, notching 16. Yess had 13, with junior Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) and senior Lizzie Laundy (Evanston, IL) adding 11 and 10, respectively. Meyers had 27 assists.
The Bears will hit the road for their first full Ivy weekend next week, when they travel to Harvard and Dartmouth.