|Kills||S. Tooloee (8)||A. Malesevic (22)|
|Assists||B. Salk (14)||A. Cheng (30)|
|Aces||Two Players (1)||A. Malesevic (4)|
|Digs||J. Won (12)||K. Wood (14)|
|Blocks||Two Players (2)||C. Ikwuazom (6)|
NEW YORK — In the penultimate match of the 2017 Columbia Volleyball season, the Lions cruised to a 3-0 victory over Brown at Levien Gymnasium.
With the win, Columbia improves to 10-12 overall and 5-8 in Ivy League play, and have a chance to match last year's 6-1 home record tomorrow during the season finale.
The Lions took four of the first five points in the first set, which featured the first of 12 kills on the night for Chichi Ikwuazom. Brown trimmed the lead to 10-8 with back-to-back points, but the Columbia lead would grow to 21-11, thanks to an 8-3 run in the middle of the set.
The Bears took back the serve on set point, but Anja Malesevic dropped a kill right between the front and back lines to give the Lions a 25-15 set victory.
In the second set, Brown came out hot, taking a 6-4 lead at the forefront. The advantage would not last long, as Columbia posted eight straight points on Malesevic's serve, including two aces by the senior, forcing a timeout by the Bears after a 15-8 Lion lead.
The visitors cut the lead to 18-14, forcing a Columbia timeout, which gave the home team back some momentum. Holding a 22-18 lead, two more kills from Ikwuazom and another from Malesevic helped the Lions take the second set, 25-19.
Columbia gained further momentum in the start of the third, leaping out to an 8-0 lead behind Malesevic's serve. Brown fought back to make it a 10-6 match, but the teams traded points for most of the rest of the set, until Columbia tallied four straight, including an ace from Luciana Del Valle.
Brown took six of eight points, cutting the Lion lead to 24-22, but an impressive kill from Del Valle ended the match, as Columbia triumphed in straight sets.
The 2017 season closes out tomorrow in a 5 p.m. match against Yale. Prior to the start of the contest, Malesevic will be honored in the final home match of her career.