Nov. 7, 2008
Providence, R.I. - The Brown women's volleyball team lost a tough match against Cornell on Friday night at the Pizzitola Center, dropping their record to 11-12, and 3-8 in league play. Senior Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) played well in the loss, notching 14 kills and 13 digs for another double-double.
The first game was a hard-fought contest, as neither team was able to establish a significant lead, and the score was tied as late as 22 apiece. However, Cornell managed to run off three consecutive points at that stage in the game, and took the opener 25-22. Playing in front of an enthusiastic crowd, Brown came out strong in the second game though. Despite being unable to pull away, the Bears consistently maintained a small lead throughout the game, and it was enough to propel them to a 25-22 win, reversing the outcome of the first.
With the match even again at one, Cornell came out firing to open the third, and took an early 14-4 lead. After Brown rallied back to within 15-7, the Big Red began pulling away once again. However, the Bears refused to go quietly, and mounted a furious charge at the end of the game, pulling to within four points at 24-20. Cornell was barely able to stop the bleeding though, and got the final point needed for a 2-1 lead. The visitors opened a big lead once again in the fourth, jumping out 16-6 on the Bears. Though they again tried to rally, the Big Red was able to hang on to win the match with a 25-14 victory.
A number of Bears had impressive individual performances, led by freshman Spencer McAndrews (Los Angeles, CA), who was filling in for injured setter Natalie Meyers. McAndrews recorded a career and match-high with 44 assists, and added six digs and a kill. Sophomore Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) also chipped in with 14 kills and eight digs, while classmate Brianna Williamson (Cincinnati, OH) had a match-high 18 digs.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m., when they celebrate the Class of 2009 on Senior Night against Columbia.