November 3, 2007

Brown Stays Hot, Beats Cornell 3-2 Again

Nov. 3, 2007

Box Score

Ithaca, NY - For the second time in two weeks, the Brown volleyball team (6-14, 4-6 Ivy) defeated Cornell (6-15, 3-7 Ivy) in three games on Friday night, this time in the Big Red's own Newman Arena, 28-30, 30-19, 33-31, 30-23, 15-11. The win, the Bears' fourth in five matches, moved the Bears past Cornell into fifth place in the Ivy League.

Freshman Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) and junior Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) both turned in double-digit kill and dig totals. Toman again served as the Bears' closer, recording three of her match-high 22 kills in the match's last four points, icing the win for the Bears after the fifth game was tied 11-11. Toman also added 14 digs and four service aces. Yess had the Bears' second-highest kill total with 17 and second highest dig total with 20. Senior captain and libero Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) tied her season high with 34 digs in the contest.

The first game was a preview of how the entire match would go, as neither team gained a lead of more than four points. With the game tied 28-28, the Big Red took the last two points for a 1-0 lead. However, Brown came right back, using three runs of at least five points to take an easy 11-point victory.

The third game was another close one. An early run put the Bears up 11-3, but the Big Red came back, tying things up and taking a 21-18 lead. Again, the game was tied 28-28, but this time the teams traded points up to 31-31. A Toman kill and a Cornell error gave Brown a key 33-31 win.

Cornell recovered, as Brown had in game two, rolling to an easy win in the fourth game. The Bears jumped out to a lead in the deciding game, only to have Cornell tie it at 11-11. However, Toman's three kills and a Cornell error sealed the win for the Bears.

Junior setter Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) had 58 assists and 12 digs. Senior middle blocker Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL) had five total blocks to go with seven kills.

On Saturday, the Bears will take on Columbia in New York at 4 p.m.