November 10, 2007

Bears Nearly Upset Penn, But Can't Hold On In 3-2 Loss

Nov. 10, 2007

Box Score

Providence, RI - For two games, the Brown women's volleyball team (7-16, 5-8 Ivy) dominated the second-place Penn Quakers (17-8, 10-3), seemingly en route to an upset victory on Senior Day. However, it was not to be, as Penn rallied to win in five games, 20-30, 23-30, 30-26, 30-27, 15-12. Fittingly, the Bears were led by two seniors, as middle blocker Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL) had match highs with 22 kills and a .462 hitting percentage (22-4-39) and libero Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) had 33 digs.

Brown took advantage of a Penn team that looked dazed after losing to Yale the night before and being knocked out of the Ivy title race, taking a 4-0 lead and never looking back. Mandolini-Trummel led the charge with eight kills and no errors in 10 attempts.

It looked like Penn would similarly take charge in the second game, taking a 5-0 lead, but after Brown Head Coach Diane Short called a time out, Brown went on an 11-1 run, not only coming back but regaining the upper hand. Penn was able to tie the score at 14-14 and 15-15, but the Bears closed out the game for the commanding 2-0 lead. Lapinski led the effort in this game, notching 10 digs.

In an effort to shake things up, Penn shuffled its starting lineup for the third game, and that may have done the trick. After hitting just .116 in the first two games, Penn hit .225 in the final three. There were a match-high 12 tie scores in the third game and 11 more in the fourth, as the Bears fought mightily to put the Quakers away. Brown got to within one point at 25-26 in the third game and had a chance with the fourth tied at 27-27, but both times Penn pulled out wins.

In the fifth game, Penn was able to get an advantage, using a 6-1 run to take a 9-4 lead. The Bears got back to within one at 11-12, but Penn was able to take the match with three kills in the last four points.

Juniors Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) and Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) had solid games for the Bears. Yess finished with 11 kills and 21 digs, while Meyers had 20 digs to go with 57 assists. Seniors Rachel Lipman (San Diego, CA) and Lizzie Laundy (Evanston, IL) had 15 and 12 digs, respectively. They were honored along with Lapinski and Mandolini-Trummel after the match.

On Tuesday, the Bears will play their final match of the season, when they host Yale at 7 p.m.