PROVIDENCE, R.I. After losing to the Ivy League’s first-place team Friday night, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team displayed plenty of resiliency Saturday despite losing to Brown, 3-2.
Penn (7-11, 2-5) won Game 1, 30-25, but fell by the same score in Game 2. Brown (8-12, 4-4) won Game 3, 31-29,before the Quakers forced a Game 5 by winning the fourth stanza 30-27. The Bears won the decisive fifth game, 15-7.
With the score tied at 23-all in Game 1, Penn used three consecutive kills (one by Laura Black and two by Anna Shlimak) to go up 26-23.Brown pulled within one, but the Quakers scored the final four points, including a kill by Linda Zhang and a service ace by Black, to take a 1-0 lead.
Brown took Game 2 easily thanks to a lead as big as 10. The third set provided lots of excitement, as thegame went back and forth. The Red and Blue held a 29-26 lead thanks to kills by Kathryn Turner on two of the previous three points. However, after a Penn attack error, Brown connected on three consecutive kills to pull off the comeback.
Penn held a comfortable 25-15 lead in Game 4 and held off two late runs by the Bears to win the game and force Game 5. However, in that decisive game Brown built up a three-point lead, andPenn could only get as close as two. Brown scored four of the final five points to take the match.
Black notched a team-high 20 kills. Turner and freshman Elizabeth Semmens added 12 each. Semmens also added 14 digs for her first career double-double. Shlimak contributed 11 kills and 11 digs.
Penn returns home next weekend, hosting Dartmouth Friday at 7 p.m. and Harvard Saturday at 4 p.m. at The Palestra.