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
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.