PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Columbia volleyball bounced back from a tough loss to Yale with a 3-0 sweep over Brown Saturday night by scores of 25-13, 25-20, 25-17.
The win was Columbia's fourth straight over Brown (6-14, 2-8 Ivy League) and second of the season as the Lions improved their record to 10-9 overall and 5-5 in Ivy League action.
Reigning Ivy League Co-Player of the week Megan Gaughn once again led the way for the Lions with a match-high 13 kills and team high-tying nine digs. First-year Atlanta Moye-McLaren also recorded nine digs on the night while Colleen Brennan had 31 assists and seven digs.
Columbia shot out to a 4-0 lead in the first set and did not look back in posting its first victory of the night with ease.
The Bears scored first in the second set, but the Lions responded with seven unanswered points to regain their dominance. With Columbia holding a commanding 13-5 lead, Brown rallied with a 5-0 run that included three kills by Thea Derrough. A Gaughn kill halted the Bears from coming any closer than within three points as Columbia scored three straight to make it 16-10.
With the Lions ahead 21-14, Brown attempted to hold on with a 4-0 run to once again make it a three-point match, but Columbia answered with two straight kills by senior Heather Braunagel and another by Gaughn to extend its lead to 24-19. Needing only one more point, Brown came back with a kill by Alexandra Rieckhoff before Caitlin Brenton finished things off with a kill for the Lions.
The third set victory would not come quite as easy for the Lions, as a back-and-forth battle played out that included 11 ties. With the score knotted at 16-16, Columbia took off on a 9-1 surge that began with seven unanswered points to secure the win.
Up next, the Lions will continue their road stretch at Harvard on November 2 at 7 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. match vs. Dartmouth on November 3.