Providence, R.I. - Behind acareer-high 19 kills from Emma White, Penn easily dispatched of Brown in the third and fourth sets, pulling away for a 3-1 win (25-23, 23-25, 25-16, 25-19)on Saturday evening. White added 19 digs for her team-high eighth double-doublewhile Kristen Etterbeek had 11 kills and 21 digs as well.
The first set swung Penn's way despite 14 attack errors from the Red and Blue. The Quakers were able to get away with those numbers because they simply didn't let the ball hit the ground when Brown was on offense. The Bears managed only six kills in the entire set, compared to 15 for Penn, and despite those Quaker errors, Brown barely outhit Penn in the set, .025 to .019. Dani Shepherd had nine digs in the first set alone, and Etterbeek pitched in with seven. Down 10-5 early on, two kills from Susan Stuecheli were part of a five-point swing in Penn's favor that tied the set at 10-10. Neither team would lead by more than two the rest of the way, but Brown had the upper hand with a 23-21 lead in the late stages. Showing the resiliency they displayed last week at Dartmouth, the Quakers struck back to score the last four points of the set, with the final two coming off Brown attack errors.
Brown equalized the match at 1-1 with a 25-23 win in the second set. Two of White's five kills in the set came during a five-point run that drew Penn even with the Bears at 20-20, however Brown countered with back-to-back kills to re-establish a two point lead. A service error and White's final kill of the set squared things once again at 22-22 until Thea Derrough came through with her only kill of the set for Brown to go back ahead. The teams traded bad sets on the next two points to give Brown a set point at 24-23, and an ace finished the set off.
The match took a decided turn in Penn's favor in the third set. White continued her dominance on the night, leading both squads in kills and digs in the set, with six and seven, respectively. Brown hung with Penn, forcing the sixth tie at 9-9, but the Quakers took over from there on out. A bad set from Brown gave the Red and Blue the lead at 10-9 and Etterbeek quickly upped that advantage with consecutive kills. The key run came after a Brown service error gave Penn a 13-11 lead. Amanda Pacheco chipped in with a kill off an assist from Hilary Ash and Etterbeek delivered an ace on the subsequent serve. A kill from White then put Penn ahead 16-11 and firmly in control. Brown was never able to get closer than three from that point on as the Quakers cruised to a 25-16 win.
The fourth set continued in much the same vein. Etterbeek's attack error on the opening point gave Brown a 1-0 lead but she quickly made amends, tying the match at 1-1. A block from Pacheco and Lauren Davis on the next point gave Penn a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the way. Although Brown salvaged one final tie at 8-8, the Quakers scored the next five, highlighted by kills from White, Etterbeek and Lauren Martin, off assists fromKristin Schoonover. The Bears were simply overwhelmed by the firepower of the Red and Blue the rest of the way. Penn turned in 18 kills to only three errors in the set and ended with a hitting percentage of .385 to close out the match, 25-19.
Shepherd added 26 digs onto her season total and sits with548 entering next weekend. The sophomorewill have the opportunity to set Penn's single-season benchmark, currentlyheld by Madison Wojciechowski (607) in 2009. Shepherd also had three aces in the match, equaling Brown's total on her own.
Returning from injuries, Schoonover had 30 assists, some of which were to the benefit of Martin, who had eight kills in the match.
Penn concludes the 2011 season at home next weekend, hosting Columbia and Cornell. The match with the Lions is set for Friday at 7 p.m., while the Big Red pay a visit on Senior Night, Saturday at 5 p.m.
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