PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- After a strong start and a 2-0 lead, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team dropped the next three sets to Brown Friday night to fall to the Bears, 3-2 (20-25, 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 19-17).
Three Quakers reached double-digit kills. Junior captain Alexis Genske led the way with 19 kills and added 20 digs for her ninth double-double on the season and fourth in a row. Fellow junior Alex Caldwell recorded her fifth triple-double of the season with 15 kills, 26 assists, and 10 digs. Senior Kendall Turner added 10 kills of her own and added six blocks. Freshman Emmy Friedler matched her single-match high of 34 digs, which she recorded earlier this season against Brown.
After a block by Caldwell and Turner for the second point in set one, the Bears recorded four more attack errors to give the Red and Blue a 5-1 lead. After a Brown timeout, Turner recorded a kill to extend the lead, but the Bears made a comeback and kept it a tight set. After a service error by each team to make it 19-19, freshman Kendall Covington, Turner, and Genske each had killswhich forceda Brown timeout. Coming out of the break, Emma Thygesen put the Bears within two with a kill, but Turner and Caldwell responded with kills of their own. Turner then ended the set with block to give Penn the25-20 win.
Brown jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the second set, but Penn went on a six-point run to take a 9-7 lead that the Quakers never relinquished. Brown gotwithin a point once, at13-12,but Pennrecorded 12 of the next 15 points to take the set 25-15.
The Bears once again took an early lead in the third set, 8-3,and theywould find success this time. Even though the Red and Blue responded well and even held a 16-15 advantage, Brown took the lead once again andended up winningthe set, 25-22.
Sets four and five went much like the third, going down to the wire but endingin favor of the home team. Penn scored four points in a row after being tied at 9-9 for a 12-9 lead. Caldwell recorded after back-to-back kills and added a block with Covington. Freshman Hayley Molnar added the fourth point with a kill which forced the Bears to call a timeout. The two teams battled back and forth and Brown ended on top, 25-22.
Covington and Molnar helped the Quakers to a 4-1 lead to begin set five with back-to-back kills, while Covington added another to make the score 3-1. Senior captain Meghan Connolly tacked on a service ace to continue pushing the Red and Blue ahead. However, Brown made a comeback and tied the score at 5-5. Penn held onto the edge as the set went into extra points, holding an advantage at 17-16.but were unable to hold on to it as the Bears took the next three points for a 19-17 win victory.
Penn will close out its season tomorrow against Yale on the road at 7 p.m.
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