PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers won the first set and dropped the second on Saturday, but took care of business over the final two with a 25-20, 18-25, 25-16, 25-22 victory over Brown at the Palestra.
Sophomore Amanda Pacheco was Penn's top hitter on the evening, firing at a .450 clip with 11 kills. She also added four total blocks and six digs. Senior Megan Tryon also played well, finishing with 42 assists, five digs, three kills and two service aces.
The Quakers out-hit the Bears .204 to .160 and also recorded five service aces and 67 digs. With the win Penn improves to 2-1 in the Ivy League and 6-9 overall. Brown meanwhile falls to 0-4 in the Ancient Eight.
The Red and Blue came out like gangbusters in the first set, jumping out to a 10-4 lead. Brown responded with a 10-4 run of their own to tie it at 14, prompting a Penn timeout. The Quakers came out of the break firing, as they scored seven of the match's next eight points, including three kills from Julia Swanson to make it 21-15. The two teams traded points for the remainder of the set with the Red and Blue coming out on top 25-20.
Penn couldn't get it going in the second as the team found themselves in a 5-1 deficit. The Red and Blue tied it up midway through the set at 14 but couldn't take the lead, and eventually fell 25-18.
The Quakers rebounded in the third with their best hitting of the match. Penn fired 18 kills, four courtesy of Lauren Martin, while hitting at a .378 clip to go up 17-11 and cruise to a 25-16 victory.
The Red and Blue appeared on the way to an easy victory up 17-11 in the fourth, however the Bears wouldn't give in, clawing back to get within two at 21-20. Pacheco ended the run with a kill and Swanson made it 23-21 with one more. A Brown kill brought the team back within one, though an attack error and Tryon ace ended the match in favor of the Quakers.
The victory gave head coach Kerry Carr the 100th Ivy win of her career and ties her with former head coach Joe Sagula for the most victories in program history with 203.
In addition to Pacheco, Swanson and Martin also reached double figure kill totals, with 14 and 10 respectively. Senior Madison Wojciechowski led the defense with 21 digs while Swanson added ten for her seventh double-double of the year.
Penn returns to action next Friday at 7 p.m. when it takes on a Dartmouth squad which is a perfect 3-0 in Ivy play this season.