Oct. 25, 2008
Ithaca, N.Y. - The Bears were dealt a setback in their Ivy League hopes on Saturday afternoon, dropping a very tight match to Cornell 3-1. Senior Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) led a number of good individual performances for Brown, recording a double-double with 14 kills and a team-high 16 defensive digs. The loss moves Brown to 11-9 on the season and 3-5 in the Ivy League, while Cornell improves to 7-11, with an impressive 6-2 league record.
The first game started out well for Bruno, as the team used a 6-0 run to turn a 5-5 tie into an 11-5 advantage. Though neither team was particularly sharp on offense, the Bears were able to unleash their superior defense on the Big Red, and maintained their lead en route to a 25-18 win to open the match. On the heels of an impressive win Friday night against Columbia, the Bears looked poised to take control of the match, but Cornell came out swinging in the second game, refusing to go down easily on their home court. With the action very close through much of the game, the Big Red was able to capitalize on even small errors by Brown, and the hosts were able to eke out a 25-21 win to draw the match even at a game apiece.
With the third game looming as a critical one in deciding the match, both teams came out playing hard, and the result was perhaps the best-played game of the day. Though Cornell was able to take an early 7-3 lead, the Bears remained unfazed and continued fighting back throughout the game, eventually forcing it into overtime with a 3-0 run to tie it at 25. Unfortunately, however, the comeback may have taken a little too much out of the Bears, and Cornell was able to take the third game 27-25.
Having seized the momentum with two consecutive wins, Cornell came out determined to finish the match in the fourth. Despite strong play from Brown throughout the game, the Big Red had their strongest offensive game of the day, and took the match with a 25-23 win.
In spite of the loss, Brown had a number of players turn in terrific individual days. Senior captain Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) recorded a season high 54 assists and five defensive digs, while sophomore Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) notched a team-high 17 kills and eight digs, capping off an impressive weekend. Classmate Brianna Williamson (Cincinnati, OH) led the team with a .308 attack percentage, and added 15 kills and six digs.
The Bears will be in action again on Friday, when they continue their Ivy campaign at Dartmouth at 7 p.m.