Nov. 13, 2007
Providence, RI - The Brown volleyball season came to an end on Tuesday evening, as the Bears (7-17, 5-9 Ivy) lost in four games to Yale (16-7, 10-4), 30-25, 26-30, 30-18, 30-27. Yale's strong play at the net, which resulted in a 14-5 advantage in blocks, proved to be the difference.
Senior Julie Mandolini-Trummel (Crystal Lake, IL) and junior Lillie Cohn (Seattle, WA) tied for the team lead with 14 kills each, with Mandolini-Trummel adding four blocks, two of them solo. Senior Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) had 21 kills to lead the team, while junior Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) was right behind with 20. Junior Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) and senior Rachel Lipman (San Diego, CA) had 18 digs apiece, with Meyers adding 44 assists.
In the first game, the Bears held a slim lead until Yale tied the match at 13-13. The game remained close up to 25-25, when an ace, two kills by Kristen Wilk, and two Brown errors gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage. Game two was also close most of the way, but this time the Bears closed the game out. Up just 26-25, the Bears took four of the last five rallies on a kill by Cohn, a Yale error, and a kill and an ace from Yess.
The third game, as it tends to be, was the pivotal one in this match as well. The Bears remained close midway through, down 16-14 despite Yale jumping out to a 6-0 lead and getting another 5-0 run. However, the Bulldogs then won nine straight rallies, going up 25-14 before a Brown point and effectively ending the game. The fourth game was again close, tied at 20-20 and still as close as two at 28-26, but Yale eventually took the game and the match. In the third and fourth games, the Elis had four and five blocks, respectively, not including their many blocks that were kept in play by the Bears.
With the season ended, so too have the careers of seniors Lapinski, Lipman, Mandolini-Trummel, and Lizzie Laundy (Evanston, IL). Lapinski and Mandolini-Trummel etched their name into the Brown record books numerous times. Lapinski set a new record for career digs-per-game average at 4.79, completely shattering the old mark of 3.85 set by Tomo Nakanishi '00. She also sits second all-time in career digs at 1,728, just 34 behind Nakanishi's mark. With two aces this evening, she claimed sole possession of fifth all-time in that category with 82 career aces. Finally, her 2007 marks of 5.71 digs per game and 525 digs are second and third-best all-time, respectively.
Mandolini-Trummel also set a new high mark, finishing her career with a .278 hitting percentage, .014 higher than the old mark set by Leyla Goldsmith '98. She also finishes with the third-best career marks for blocks (312), and blocks per game (0.85).