Volleyball Edged by Brown, 3-2

Brown 3, Penn 2 Box Score

PROVIDENCE – Penn headed to Brown on Friday night hoping to pick up its second Ivy League win of the season, but was unable to do so, dropping a five-set match to the Bears, 3-2(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 17-25, 15-10). With the loss, Penn’s record now drops to 5-11 overall and 1-3 in Ivy League play.

Penn was balanced on the offensive attack as four players registered 10 or more kills. Sophomore Julia Swanson led all players with 23 kills. She was joined in double figures by Kathryn Turner (13), Elizabeth Semmens (11) and Anne Magnuson (10).

Ashley Hawkins added six kills – without committing an error. She was a presence on the defensive side of the net, blocking three Brown attacks by herself.

The match turned on Brown’s ability to serve the ball where it wanted. The Bears finished the match with 10 service aces to just two for the Quakers. In addition, Brown’s two primary attackers were relatively clean on offense. Megan Toman and Brianna Williamson committed only three errors on the attack while scoring 36 kills between them.

The first set was back and forth until the midway point when the Bears went on a seven-point run to turn a 12-10 lead into a 19-10 advantage, cruising to the 25-0 win.

Penn was trailing in the second set, 16-12, when Penn rallied to score six of the next seven points after a timeout to take a lead they never relinquished in the set. A kill from Turner gave Penn a 19-18 lead and Penn went on to even the match with a 25-19 win in the second frame.

The third set belonged to the Bears as they turned a 6-5 Penn lead into a 15-9 advantage for the home team.

With their backs against the wall, the Red and Blue put together one of their finest sets of the season, never trailing en route to a 25-17 decision to force a fifth and deciding set. The Quakers led by as much as 10 at 24-14 before a Semmens kill finished things off for Penn.

The Quakers held a lead early in the final set at 3-1 before Brown came back to take a 5-3 lead. Three attack errors from Penn offensive players contributed to the lead change. The Bears never gave the lead back, sealing the match with a kill from Toman.

The Quakers are back in action Saturday afternoon at Yale. Match time is 4 p.m.