NEW YORK - Columbia volleyball won its fifth straight match in a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Brown Friday night at Levien Gymnasium. The Lions earned the victory by scores of 24-26, 26-24, 20-25, 25-17, 15-7.
The win kept Columbia (7-4, 2-0 Ivy League) undefeated on its home court as the Lions posted its seventh consecutive win over Brown (3-8, 0-2 Ivy League) dating back to 2009.
The first set quickly built up to a 3-3 tie, but Brown used a 6-0 run highlighted by a pair of kills and two services aces to pull ahead of the Lions, 7-3. A back and forth set ensued, with Columbia taking a slight advantage up to the 23rd point.
Brown tied things up, 23-23, before taking the lead on a kill by Maddie Lord, forcing Columbia timeout. Heather Braunagel came through with a kill for the Lions to even the score once again at 24, forcing set one to go past the 25-all mark. The final two points belonged to Brown to put the Lions down 0-1 in the match.
The second set began as another nail biter, but with the score knotted 7-7, Brown slowly started to take control, building up its lead to as many as seven. With the Bears ahead 20-13, the Lions got hot and embarked on a 7-1 surge to bring Columbia with one point.
A kill by Katrina Post extended the Bears' lead to 22-20 before Columbia put forth a strong offensive unit that resulted in a 5-2 run to close out the set with a victory. Megan Gaughn and Caitlin Brenton recorded two kills apiece and Taylor Voss contributed one during the final surge.
In the third set, Brown used 14-8 kill advantage over Columbia that proved to be the difference in its 25-20 victory. The Lions hit just .031, compared to a .300 hitting percentage by the Bears.
The set began evenly, but a 6-0 run by the Bears forced a Columbia timeout as Brown doubled up the Lions, 10-5. The Lions would tie the score once more at 13-all, but that would be the closest Columbia would get the rest of the way.
Columbia showed up for the win in set four, as the Lions posted a 25-17 victory over the Bears in dominating fashion to force a deciding set.
The Lions battled in the final fifth set as they took the first lead and did not look back the rest of the way en route to a decisive 15-7 victory over the Bears.
Columbia will look to remain in the win column as the Lions take on Yale tomorrow evening for a 5 p.m. match at Levien Gym.