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Sweeping, swept: Volleyball splits

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Sports Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The volleyball team split this weekend, sweeping Dartmouth 3-0 for its first Ivy League win of the season and falling to Harvard, also by a 3-0 score.

Brown moved to 5-13 on the season and 1-6 in the Ivy League.

Harvard 3, Brown 0

The Brown-Harvard matchup was close in the early going, as the teams fought back and forth in the first set. Tied at 21, the Crimson (8-11, 4-4 Ivy) narrowly clipped the Bears after capturing two tightly contested points for a 25-23 victory and a 1-0 lead.

Harvard’s steam carried through the second set, which they took with a 25-17 win. The Crimson took an early 10-4 lead in the third, but Brown came storming back, at one point down only one at 20-19. But Harvard pulled away for a 25-21 victory.

“We have been working really hard and we are really proud to have our first Ivy win,” said Katrina Post ’13. “We are looking forward to starting the second round of Ivies.”

Post notched a career-high 16 kills to lead the Bears offense, and Christina Berry ’13 added an additional 11 kills.

Carly Cotton ’13 and Bailey Wendzel ’13 held down the defense with 23 and 11 digs, respectively.

Brown 3, Dartmouth 0

Back in action the following day, the Bears earned their first Ivy win of the season against another Ivy-League rival, Dartmouth (7-11, 3-5 Ivy).

Behind the service of Cotton, the Bears overcame a 10-8 deficit with seven straight points to take a 15-10 lead in the first set, which they went on to win 25-22.

The Bears’ momentum carried into the second set as they won the first four points. Through strong defense and excellent hitting, the Bears took a 21-13 lead, a gap the Big Green could not overcome. Brown went on to win the set 25-18.

The Bears offense stepped up in the third set, hitting .357 compared to Dartmouth’s .061. Although Dartmouth held on in the beginning, down by only one at 13-12, the Bears pulled away from there for a 25-14 win.

Megan Toman ’11 scored a team-high 10 kills, and Brianna Williamson ’11 followed up with nine kills as well as eight digs.

Co-captain Danielle Vaughan ’10 had a strong performance, scoring the final point of the match and recording three blocks to bolster Brown’s defense. Cotton added a team-high 16 digs.

“I was disappointed with the loss on Friday, but it was good to see the team come back on Saturday for our first Ivy victory,” said Head Coach Diane Short. “I thought we played with a lot more heart. It was a full team effort, our defense and offense really came together and we had our highest hitting percentage of the year as well.”

The Bears are on the road this weekend as they take on Princeton (6-12, 4-3 Ivy) Friday night and league-leading Penn (16-4, 7-0 Ivy) the following afternoon.