October 26, 2007

Dartmouth Comes Back to Give Bears 3-2 Loss

Oct. 26, 2007

Box Score

Providence, RI - In their first match after coming back from a 2-0 deficit to Cornell last Saturday, the Brown volleyball team (4-14, 2-6 Ivy), suffered the same fate on Friday evening, falling in five games to Dartmouth (13-6, 6-3 Ivy) at the Pizzitola Center. The Bears took a 2-0 lead, winning the first two games 30-27 and 30-22. However, the Big Green were able to slow their momentum in the third game, winning the final three frames 30-21, 30-23, and 15-9.

Brown senior libero and captain Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) tied for the match high with 34 digs, her season high. Freshman outside hitter Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) tied a career high she set last Saturday with a match-high 21 kills, adding 10 digs for the double-double. Junior Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) also had a double-double with 52 assists and 21 digs.

At the outset, Dartmouth quickly took control of game one, going on a 13-1 run to take a 19-9 lead. However, the Bears began to chip away at the lead, cutting it to 24-18, then going on an eight-point run after a Dartmouth kill to go up 26-25. Bruno then pulled away for the win, despite hitting .091 in the game to Dartmouth's .138.

The second game was the Bears' best by far, as they opened with a 9-1 run and hit .242 to easily take the game and seemingly, control of the match. However, that would be the only game in which the Bears hit better than .111, as they hit just .089 combined in the other four games. Dartmouth, on the other hand, improved its percentage in each game, hitting .190, .220, and .235 in the third, fourth, and fifth games, respectively.

On Saturday afternoon, the Bears will shake off the effects from the near-upset to take on Harvard (7-14, 2-7 Ivy) at 4 p.m. at the Pizzitola Center.