Volleyball Downs Brown in Straight Sets
NEW YORK - The Columbia volleyball team downed Brown in straight sets on Friday night in Levien Gymnasium by set scores of 25-18, 25-17, 25-20.
The Lions and Bears moved into a tie in the Ivy League standings with both teams owning 3-3 records. Columbia improved to 5-10 on the year, while Brown fell to 7-10.
The Lions were led on the attack by sophomore Bailey Springer, who was the only player to post double-digit kills with 10 overall to go with a .333 hitting percentage. First-year Zoe Jacobs also had a strong performance with eight kills, including the game-winner and final three kills of the third set.
Overall, Columbia outkilled Brown 35 to 26, and dominated defensively by outblocking the Bears by a 17 to 4 margin. Sophomore Katarina Jovicic led the Lions at the net with a six blocks (two solo).
The Bears got things started in the first set with a kill by Sarah Lucenti, but Columbia responded with five straight points to take the lead and force an early Brown timeout. The Bears trimmed their deficit midway through, building up to a 10-10 tie before taking the lead after a Columbia attacking error.
A serving error by Brown knotted the score once again, but a kill by Lucy Tilton would give the Lions the momentum they needed to carry the lead throughout.
Both teams were relatively even on the attack in the second set, with Columbia recording 11 kills and Brown posting 10. The difference came at the net, with Columbia making seven blocks while the Bears came up empty.
In was a tight battle early on in the third set, with the score tied on 14 occasions in addition to five lead changes. Following a 15-all score, the Lions broke loose once and for all following kills by Alex Reale and Kesi Neblett. Jacobs added the final exclamation point of the night by smacking three straight kills, including the game-winning kill to lift the Lions to victory.
Columbia returns to action tomorrow night for a 5 p.m. match against first-place Yale in Levien Gym.