PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania women's volleyball team lost in three games to Brown Saturday at The Palestra. The Quakers were defeated 30-28, 30-16, 30-27.
Penn (6-11, 3-4 Ivy) gave Brown (7-10, 4-3) allit could handle in Game One. The game featured nine ties and eight lead changes, and neither team scored more than four consecutive points. A crucial stretch came late in the set when Penn scored four straight to take a 25-24 advantage. Brown took the next three points to go upby two,but the Red and Blue scored three points in a row to lead 28-27 whenKathryn Turner’s kill gave Penn the lead. However,it would prove to be theQuakers'last point of the game, as the Bears took the final three points to win game one.
Game Two was close until Brown reeled off six points to take a 14-6 lead which served as the springboarded to the Bears' win.
The Quakers led early in the night’s final game, butBrown battled back to tie the game at eight and then the teams went back and forth until Penn took three straight points to go up 17-14. The Red and Blue held the lead until Brown mounted its final comeback of the night. This time the Bears took six consecutive points to take a 26-25 lead. Brown then tookfour of the finalsix points to wrap up the match.
Cara Thomason ledPenn with 11 kills, and sophomore Anna Shlimak added 10. Thomason, Linda Zhang, Laura Black and Elizabeth Hurst all registered double-figures in digs.
Penn will try to put a halt to its five-match losing streak next weekend when they take on two of the teams they have already beaten in Ivy play this season. On Friday, the Quakers play at Dartmouthfor a7 p.m. match; they defeated the Big Green 3-1 at The Palestra on Oct. 8. The Red and Bluethen travel to Cambridge, Mass. to play HarvardSaturday at 4 p.m.; Penn defeated the Crimson 3-1 on Oct. 7.
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant