PHILADELPHIA - For the fourth-straight match, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team found itself ina five-game match Friday night versus Brown. And for the third-straighttime, the Quakers came out on top.
Penn (10-11, 5-5) took a 2-0 lead after winning Game 1, 30-24 and Game 2, 30-20. Brown (8-15, 4-7) answered back by taking Games 3 and 4, 30-21 and 30-26. The Quakers came back to take the fifth game 15-10 to extend its win streak to three.
Game 1 was tied at 1-1 and after a kill by Laura Black, the Quakers led for the rest of the set. Although the Bears never trailed by more than seven, Penn was able to keep them at bay.
The Red and Blue were sparked by Anna Shlimak’s four services aces in Game 2. Penn went on a 7-0 run, spurred by two aces from Shlimak to go up 24-14. The Quakers were able to close out Game 2 easily and it looked as though Penn might cruise to an easy victory, but Brown did not give up just yet.
The Bears got out to a 12-4 lead in Game 3 thanks to five straight points. Penn could not manage to get back on track and Brown was able to thwart any threat of a Penn run.
Despite trailing again in Game 4, Penn managed to come back and tie the score at 21-21. A Brown attack error gave the Quakers the lead, but the Bears scored the next two points to go back on top 24-22. Two kills by Black, followed by two Brown kills kept it a two-point advantage for the Bears. A Penn ball-handling error gave the Bears a 28-25 lead that proved to be too much for Penn to overcome and forced yet another Game 5 for the Red and Blue.
Game 5 was a grudge match that did not see either team pull away until Penn got back-to-back kills from Black and Kathryn Turner to go on top 11-9. After a service error by the Quakers they scored the final four points, fueled by two kills from Turner, to win the match.
Black led Penn with 15 kills and 16 digs. Turner and Shlimak chipped in with 14 kills each. Elizabeth Hurst matched her season-high with 29 digs.
Penn hosts Yale Saturday at 4 p.m. at The Palestra. Prior to the match Hurst and fellow senior Meredith Damore will be honored in their final home match.