PHILADELPHIA It was not easy for the Penn volleyball team, but the Quakers fended off a pesky Brown team to earn a 3-0 victory Friday night (30-24, 30-26, 30-25). The Quakers improved to 9-6 (3-1 in the Ivy League), while Brown fell to 2-12 (0-4).
The Quakers jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first game before Brown fought back. The contest seesawed back and forth for much of the action, as the Bears prevented Penn from demonstrating the dominant net defense for which it has become known this season. Both teams had just one block in the first game, but a late run allowed Penn to put the game away. Junior Kathryn Turner had six kills in the first game while sophomore Anne Magnuson and freshman Julia Swanson pounded home four each as the Red and Blue pulled out a 30-24 triumph.
Magnuson, a spot starter for the Quakers, continued to impress in the second game. The Bears once again hung tough and Penn could not establish control until late, but Magnuson kept the team in it with five kills and three block assists in the game. Penn was able to record some rejections in the second game, but Brown did the same. The Red and Blue had five blocks in the contest to Brown’s four. Junior Stephanie Gwin came in and had two key kills to help the Quakers re-establish control. Sophomore Jesse Yeager came off the bench in time to slam home the game-winning kill as Penn held on for a 30-26 victory.
Despite trailing two games to none, Brown continued to hang tough in the third game. Finally, though, the Penn net defense took over. The team registered three crucial blocks, two assisted by sophomore Natalie Drucker, without allowing the Bears to record a rejection. Mainly, though, the third game belonged to Julia Swanson, who pounded down six kills to help put away the Bears. Yeager added three more kills and Magnuson two to help the Quakers chalk up a 30-25 victory. Magnuson finished with a career high eleven kills, second to Swanson’s 14 for the Quakers.
Penn returns to action tomorrow afternoon when they face Yale at 4 p.m. at the Palestra. It will be the Quakers’ last home game until November 2, as they are on the road for five straight games over the next three weeks.