Providence, R.I. - The Quakers won their seventh straight Ivy match, beating a pesky Brown squad Bears 25-12, 30-28, 25-23 on Friday evening in Providence.
The Quakers hit .268 to improve to 7-1 in league play and 11-9 overall, while forcing 23 attack errors in holding the Bears to just .122 hitting for the match. Sophomore Amanda Pacheco was the team's most efficient hitter, recording seven kills on just ten attempts for an impressive .700 hitting percentage. Fellow classmate Lauren Martin and Senior Julia Swanson each contributed ten kills.
Defensively, senior Madison Wojciechowski once again led the charge with 19 digs, while Swanson added ten for her sixth straight double-double. The Red and Blue also out-blocked Brown, 6-3, with Martin tying a career high with five total blocks and Pacheco adding three.
Penn jumped all over the Bears in the first set, turning a 3-3 match into an 11-3 advantage with eight straight points. Two straight by Brown closed the gap but a 10-3 run put the set out of reach as the Quakers won it 25-12.
Brown rebounded in the second, jumping out to a 13-5 lead. Much like last weekend, the Quakers fired back, scoring seven straight, including three kills from Swanson and two from Martin, to take an 18-16 lead. The Red and Blue pushed its advantage to 23-19 but a 5-1 run by the Bears tied the set up at 24 apiece. The teams traded the next seven points, leaving Brown on top 28-27. A kill by Martin tied it up once again before a Swanson kill and an attack error by the Bears gave the Penn the 30-28 win.
The Red and Blue built up a 15-9 lead in the third and pushed it to 20-11 courtesy of four Brown attack errors. Trailing 21-12, the Bears went on an 8-2 to cut the deficit to 23-21 and prompt a Quaker timeout. Penn regrouped out of the break and finished off Brown for the 25-23 victory.
Senior Megan Tryon dished out a team-high 31 assists with six digs and two kills in the win, while Logan Johnson added seven digs. Penn has now won ten consecutive Ivy road matches going back to last season and eight straight overall.
The Quakers return to action Saturday at 6 p.m. when they take on Yale, with sole possession of first place on the line. The Bulldogs defeated Princeton 3-0 on Friday to drop the Tigers into third place tie with them at 6-2 while they improved to 7-2. Penn remains a game in front at 7-1.