PHILADELPHIA – In front of the largest home crowd this season, the University of Pennsylvania notched a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 25-23, 25-21) of Brown on Saturday night in The Palestra. The Quakers improve to 3-4 in the Ivy League this season, as well as 7-3 in home matches.
Inside the Numbers
The trio of Hayley Molnar, Caroline Furrer and Courtney Quinn powered the Quaker offense, while Sydney Morton orchestrated the attack. Quinn and Furrer each tallied 10 kills, while Molnar followed with nine. Morton registered 29 assists and 11 digs, while Quinn was also a double-double scorer with 14 digs of her own.
Junior libero Michelle Pereira picked up a team-best 22
digs, to go along with six assists. Junior captain Kendall Covington added seven
put-aways, as Penn outhit Brown by a .207-.147 margin.
How it Happened
Although it was the Quakers’ second sweep of the season, all sets between Penn and Brown were tight battles. Penn closed strong in all frames, beginning with a 25-22 first-set triumph. Penn finished the set on a 5-2 run, with Molnar and Furrer totaling eight put-aways in the game. Back-to-back kills from Quinn following a Brown timeout ended the game.
It was again a late spurt that was the difference maker in the second set. The lead never shifted to more than three points on either side, and eventually landed at ties at 21, 22, and 23 all. Quinn registered the put-away to knot the score at 23, while a bad set and an attack error closed the door on the Bears, 25-23.
The final game ended up being the least competitive, but
still ended tightly at 25-21. The Quakers used a 7-2 stretch to take a 23-18 advantage.
Zoe Macartney provided a spark with all three of her kills coming in the final
game. Put-aways from the freshman resulted in leads of 16-13 and 20-17.
Although Brown cut the deficit to 23-21, the Red and Blue once again closed
strong. Covington provided the match-point opportunity, while a final handling
error from Brown clinched the win for Penn.
The Quakers will make the short trip to Princeton next Friday night. Penn and the first-place Tigers (7-0) are set for a first serve of 7 p.m. at Dillon Gym.