PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's volleyball team continued its perfect run in the Ivy League this season, dispatching Brown in four sets to improve to 9-0 in the conference on Saturday at the Palestra.
The Red and Blue looked on its way to sweeping the Bears on Saturday, taking the first two sets 25-18 and 25-16, before stumbling in the third set 28-26. The Quakers came back and captured the final set 25-18 for the victory. The nine wins to start Ivy play is the most since the 2003 Quakers opened with nine straight on their way a 13-1 finish and a conference title. Penn's 18-4 record is also the best since going 20-7 in 2003.
The Quakers were led by a pair of juniors in Megan Tryon and Madison Wojciechowski. Tryon had 45 assists, 18 digs, three kills, two service aces and three total blocks, while Wojciechowski had her first career double-double with ten assists and 31 digs.
Freshman Lauren Martin was again the focal point of the offense as she totaled a match-high 15 kills in three sets of work while hitting .444. Junior Julia Swanson was second on the team with 13 kills and also added 13 digs.
Penn opened play with a 4-1 lead, though Brown scored four of the next five to tie it at five. The two teams traded points until a Martin kill gave the Quakers a 13-11 advantage. The Bears closed within one, but couldn't draw even. Eventually, an Amanda Pacheco kill pushed the lead to three at 18-15.
Brown scored two straight to close within one, however, a kill by Britt Danneman and two more from Martin pushed the lead to 21-17. After a Brown kill, Penn scored the final four points of the set, with Martin collecting her eighth kill of the set on the final point.
In the second set, the two teams went back and forth early. It was 7-6 Penn before two kills apiece from Martin and freshman Ellie Radich pushed the lead to 11-6. The lead remained five at 15-10, before six consecutive points put the set out of reach at 21-10. The Quakers finished with the 25-16 win, capped off by Radich's four kill of the set.
Penn mixed up the starting lineup in the third set, as the two teams battled through a set which featured 14 ties and six lead changes. The Red and Blue were the first to try and pull away, going up 17-13 and then 20-15. A 9-3 run by the Bears erased Penn's lead and put them on the verge of victory, at 24-23. Swanson got a kill to tie it at 24, though Penn wouldn't lead the rest of the way in dropping the set 28-26.
Brown carried its momentum into the fourth set, taking a 6-2 lead on the Red and Blue. The Quakers fought back to tie it at ten but couldn't take a lead greater than one as the two teams drew even again at 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. A block by Pacheco and Swanson put Penn up two at 17-15 fell in the midst of a 5-0 run which left the Bears down 20-15. The Quakers went up 22-17, before taking three of the final four points for the victory.
Though Penn hit just .202 overall they held Brown to .054 in the match and .000 with just nine kills in the final set. The Red and Blue also out dug the Bears, 89-74. The Quakers return to action on Friday when they take on Columbia in New York at 7 p.m.
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