October 6, 2007

Bears Edged Out By Dartmouth In Three Games

Oct. 6, 2007

Box Score

Hanover, NH - For the second straight match, close losses in early matches proved to be the difference, as the Brown volleyball team (2-11, 0-3 Ivy) was swept by Dartmouth (11-3, 4-0), 30-27, 30-27, 30-23. Junior setter Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) recorded her second double-double of the weekend with 32 assists and 12 digs. Meyers also had six kills on seven attempts for a .857 hitting percentage.

The Bears had the first game within their grasp, holding a 18-14 lead at one point. However, the Big Green rallied for eight straight points, taking a 22-18 lead. Brown was able to get back within one at 27-26 and 28-27, but two Dartmouth kills sealed the game.

Dartmouth went on a similar run in game two, taking six straight points to take a 26-19 lead. However, this time Brown answered right back, winning the next six rallies, including three consecutive kills by sophomore Kiana Alzate (Del Mar, CA), to pull back within one at 26-25. After the teams traded points, Dartmouth pulled away for good again, winning three of the last four points. Game three was not as close, as the Big Green had early runs five and six straight points to go up 17-9, holding on to much of that lead for the win.

Alzate led the Bears with nine kills, making just one error in 24 attempts for a .333 hitting percentage. Four other Bears had at least six kills, with freshman Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) adding eight and freshman Brianna Williamson (Cincinnati, OH) adding seven. Senior Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL) matched Meyers' six kills, also finishing with four total blocks, two solo. Senior libero Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) led the Bears with 15 digs.

Next week, Brown will hit the road again, traveling south to Penn and Princeton.