October 20, 2006

Milestones Propel Bears to 3-1 Upset Over Princeton

Oct. 20, 2006

Box Score

Providence, RI - Propelled by a highly efficient offensive attack, the Brown volleyball team (7-12, 3-4) defeated Princeton in four games, 30-20, 23-30, 30-27, 30-19, at the Pizzitola Center Friday night. Playing some of the best ball they have all season, the Bears had a .253 hitting percentage while holding the Tigers, who had lost just once this season, to just .119. During the match, junior libero Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) recorded her 1,000th career dig, while junior Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL) had three blocks to move into third in career blocks at Brown.

The Bears came out firing, pulling away during the first game to take a 24-18 lead and eventually win by 10 points. Setting the tone for the match, Brown hit .351 while the Tigers only managed .043. To their credit, the Tigers came back in the second game, riding a 15-4 run to an easy win after being down 18-14.

Brown took the loss in stride, however, dominating the first half of the third game. After taking a 15-9 lead, the Bears held through a strong Princeton charge, withstanding two 4-0 runs before anything could be made of them. Bruno then came back from a deficit midway through the fourth game, 14-11, winning 19 of the final 24 points of the game, a span during which senior Rikki Baldwin (Magnolia, TX) had six of her team-high 21 kills.

Joining Baldwin with double-digit kills were Mandolini-Trummel, who had 14 kills and a .357 hitting percentage, and senior co-captain Shawn-Elyse Tulac (Claremont, CA), who had 13 and a .289 percentage. Tulac also had 10 digs, joining Lapinski, who had a match-high 28 digs, and sophomore Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR), who had 21, in double-digits. Senior co-captain Jessica Kondrick (San Diego, CA) had a solid game at the net with six kills for a .308 hitting percentage and four blocks. Sophomore setter Natalie Meyers (Huntington Beach, CA) had a match high with 56 assists.

On Saturday, the Bears will host Penn at 4 p.m. at the Pizzitola Center.