Nov. 15, 2003
The Brown Bears were swept in three straight sets by the Big Red of Cornell on Saturday afternoon at the Pizzitola Center, by scores of 30-23, 30-24, 30-26, in favor of Cornell.
Game one remained close early on with neither team gaining more than a two-point advantage. Brown consistently held the lead until Cornell went ahead at 17-16. Both teams battled back and forth until Cornell broke away at 22-20, and held Brown there on a six point run to make it 28-20. The Bears were able to sideout twice more, but finally fell 30-23.
Brown jumped out to an early 5-1 lead to start the second game. Tough serving by Cornell quickly closed the gap to tie the score 9-9. After the run by Cornell the two squads stayed close for the rest of game. Down a point, Cornell called a timeout at 22-23 and then rallied for a five point run. Brown then took its first timeout of the game trailing 27-23 and the Bears came back to score the next point with a big kill on the outside from freshman Rikki Baldwin (Magnolia,TX). Though not going quietly, Brown was unable to fend off Cornell's offensive attack and lost the match 30-24.
Down two losses going into game three, Brown again gained an early 6-2 lead. Cornell was able to hold the Bears there to tie the game at six-all. Unforced errors by the Bears pumped the score to 11-7, but superb serving by Jessica Kondrick (San Diego, CA) brought Brown back into the game at 11-11. Cornell went ahead again, but a straight-down block by Liz Cvitan (Malibu, CA) and Lauren Gibbs (Los Angeles,CA) gave Brown back the lead at 14-13. After a service error by Brown at 16-16, Cornell took the momentum and never trailed again. Cornell closed out the game and the match at 30-26 after a serving ace for game point.
Baldwin hit .368 and led the team with 16 kills while Gibbs added 12 kills on the night. Freshman Cvitan chipped in 7 kills and hit .400.
The Bears complete their 2003 Ivy League schedule at home next Wednesday, Nov. 19, hosting the Yale Bulldogs at 7:00pm in the Pizzitola Center.