Oct. 20, 2007
Providence, RI - In an exciting match that thrilled the raucous Pizzitola Center crowd, the Brown volleyball team (4-13, 2-5 Ivy) came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Cornell (6-11, 3-4) in five games, 26-30, 20-30, 30-24, 42-40, 16-14. While it looked early on like the Big Red would coast to a victory, the Bears reached down and gutted out a big win, including recovering from being down 27-20 in the epic fourth game.
The Big Red came out firing early, hitting .374 in the first two games to Brown's .196. However, the Bears improved their defense of the Cornell attack in the third game, holding the lead the entire way and holding Cornell to .130 hitting.
It was the fourth game that turned things in the Bears' favor though. Brown started slowly and Cornell took advantage, getting out to a seven-point lead at 19-12 and holding on to most of it until 27-20. Just three points away from a loss, Bruno stormed back, eventually tying the game 29-29. From there, the teams traded the lead back and forth, with each missing on six game points before the Bears got the final three points on kills by sophomore Kiana Alzate (Del Mar, CA), junior Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR), and senior Lizzie Laundy (Evanston, IL). Yess had eight kills in the game.
The fifth game felt like a continuation of the extra rallies in the fourth. It looked like Cornell would pull out a win when the visitors took a 12-8 lead, but again Brown came back, winning eight of the next 10 rallies, including the final three again, to pick up the win. Freshman Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA), who had a team-high 21 kills, notched seven in the final game, including Brown's ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th points to tie the game.
Toman, who also had 13 digs, and Yess, who finished with 11 kills and 21 digs, both notched double-doubles. Junior Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) had 21 digs to go with her 70 assists. Middle blockers Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL) and Danielle Vaughan (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA), who led the offense on Friday night, were again solid. Senior Mandolini-Trummel had 15 kills and four total blocks, while the rookie Vaughan had 13 kills on .321 hitting.
On the back line, senior Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) led the Bears with 24 digs, moving back to libero in the third game after playing as a defensive specialist on Friday night and the first two games Saturday. Senior Rachel Lipman (San Diego, CA) was the fifth Bear with double-digit digs, finishing with 13.
Now on a two-match winning streak, the Bears will play host to Dartmouth and Harvard next weekend, completing a four-game home stand.