Oct. 11, 2008
Providence, R.I. - The Brown volleyball team (9-7) fell to Ivy rival Dartmouth (5-9) at the Pizzitola Center on Saturday afternoon, giving them a split on the weekend after a Friday night victory against Harvard. Although the defense for Bruno was solid for most of the match, as five different players reached double digits in digs and the Big Green hit only .242, Brown struggled to consistently get their offense rolling. Senior captain Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) led the way for the Bears in the loss, recording six kills with no errors and a .545 attack percentage, and adding a team-high 38 assists and 15 defensive digs.
Coming off a big win against Harvard the previous night, Brown came out with a strong start, grabbing a quick 8-2 lead against the Big Green. However, Dartmouth was not to be deterred, and was able to come back and even the game at 14 before taking 11 of the final 13 points to win the opener 25-16. Dartmouth was able to continue that momentum as the teams entered the second game, and although Brown was able to hang close early in the game, the Big Green eventually took a 23-16 lead. Staring at an 0-2 hole, the Bears responded with some of their best play of the match, and ran off six consecutive points to close to 23-22. Already having exerted a tremendous amount of energy in the comeback, however, Brown was unable to sustain it and Dartmouth was able to close out the set 25-22.
Once again in the third set the Bears found themselves behind early, as Dartmouth seized a 10-5 lead. Already having proven their ability to come back, however, Brown upped its focus and came back to tie the game at 15. Though both teams fought hard for the remainder of the game, Brown was able to battle out a 25-22 victory and keep their chances for a comeback win alive. Unfazed by the late loss in the previous game, however, the Big Green came out firing in the fourth, building a 13-3 lead. Though Brown continued trying to come back one last time, closing to 16-12, Dartmouth was this time able to finish off the match with a 25-19 win.
Senior Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) also provided solid play for Brown, as she recorded a double-double with a team-high 18 kills and 18 digs, while adding four assists and two block assists. Freshman Spencer McAndrews (Los Angeles, CA) and junior Kim Bundick (St. Charles, IL) each contributed to the defensive effort, combining for 35 digs on the day.
The Bears will be in action again on Friday, October 17, when they will host fellow Ivy member Penn at 7:00 p.m.