Brown-Penn Box Score
PHILADELPHIA - Penn fell Friday night to Brown at the Palestra, 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 23-25, 13-15. Junior Amanda Pacheco led the Quakers with 18 kills and a .405 hitting percentage while Emma White added her fourth straight double-double with 10 kills and 19 digs.
The early sets were a battle but Penn was able to go up 2-0 and appear to be on its way to victory. Kristen Etterbeek was at her best in the first set with six of her 14 kills and the Quakers rode a .279 team hitting percentage to the win. Trailing 19-17, Penn scored six of the next seven points as the Bears tried in vain to hold onto the lead. Brown's comeback efforts were thwarted by a solo block from Pacheco in the late stages and then a second block courtesy of White and Susan Stuecheli on set point.
It was more of the same in the second set as the two teams could gain little separation from one another. Brown twice held leads of three points, but on each occasion the Quakers rallied with three straight to knot the score. The set remained deadlocked all the way to 21-21 before an Etterbeek kill and a Brown attack error gave Penn the advantage. Pacheco and Elizabeth Horner teamed up for a block that gave the Red and Blue a set point at 24-22 and Pacheco was able to finish it off a point later, sending the Quakers into the break with a 2-0 lead.
Brown established control of the third set early on, turning a 1-1 tie into a 6-1 lead. The Bears would stretch their edge to 14-5, the largest of the set, before the Quakers began a furious rally. Taylor Smith was part of two consecutive blocks, combining once with Horner and once with Trina Ohms, to begin to turn the tide in Penn's direction. The Red and Blue continued to chip away throughout the set, but Brown still had a working margin of 22-17 until a kill from Tori Manix and an ace from Meghan Connolly forced the Bears to burn their final timeout of the set. Trailing 24-21, Penn erased two set points off an Etterbeek kill and Brown attack error, but could not force the tie, falling 25-23 after an attack error of its own.
The fourth set was much like the first two, only Brown managed to come out on top. Penn held the largest lead of the set at 10-7 but the Bears reversed the momentum coming out of a timeout and closed the gap. The set's 16th tie, coming on the second of consecutive kills from Ohms, brought the teams even at 23-23, but Brown closed the fourth out with kills from Maddie Lord and Laurielle Hofer to force a decisive fifth set.
The script continued into the final stanza as neither team could grab control for much of the set. While the teams switched sides with Brown leading 8-5, Penn quickly tied the set at 9-9 and again at 11-11 before the Bears asserted themselves. Trailing 14-12 and facing two match points, the Quakers erased one after a Brown attack error but the Bears were successful on their second try, a kill from Lord that gave them the 15-13 win.
Splitting the setter position with Hilary Ash (27 assists), Connolly produced a double-double of 31 assists and 11 digs. Dani Shepherd was solid once again with 34 digs in the match.
Penn falls to 6-10 (2-4 Ivy) with the loss. The Quakers next will face the Yale Bulldogs, Saturday at 5 p.m. inside The Palestra.