Philadelphia, Pa. – Despite a 2-0 deficit, Brown fought back at Penn to take the third set 25-23 after two close losses, and then made it three-straight wins as the Bears picked up their second Ivy League win of the season, 3-2 (21-25, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23, 15-13). Bruno was led by sophomore outside hitter Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) who tallied a season-high 19 kills.
The two teams played a hard-fought first set, with neither squad taking more than a two-point lead until Brown (6-11, 2-4) went up 18-15 on a Quaker attack error. Penn (6-10, 2-4) battled back however, tying up the frame at 19, and then 20-all, before closing out the game on a 5-1 run for a 1-0 lead.
Brown jumped out to an early 6-3 lead in the second set on a kill by Derrough, but once again Penn fought back to tie the set at seven and then later at 16-all. From there, the Quakers took to a three-point lead of their own at 20-17. The Bears remained poised and tied the game at 21-all, highlighted by a kill from freshman Maddie Lord (LaJolla, Calif.), and a block by freshman Taylor Bantle (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and sophomore Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.).
The tight-rope second set continued with Penn taking the lead at 22-21 on a kill from Kristen Etterbeek. After a Bruno attack error, the Bears got one back on a kill from Bantle, but were quickly answered on a Penn Block. A Quaker service error kept Brown in the frame, but Penn closed out its 2-0 lead on a kill from Amanda Pacheco on the next point.
Even though Brown faced a 2-0 hole on the road, the Bears continued to fight, jumping out to a 6-1 lead. Bruno held at least a two-point advantage throughout the set from then on, as junior middle blocker Kathryn Glickman (San Francisco, Calif.) came up with three big kills late to force a fourth game.
With Penn looking to end the match early and Brown being sparked by its game three performance, the fourth set proved to be a back-and-forth affair. Points were traded to start the frame and in spite of an early Quaker lead, the Bears were able to tie up the set at 15-all on a kill from Lord. Still tied at 21-all, Brown took the first lead on a kill from Derrough and never trailed again, closing out the set on kills from Lord and senior Laurielle Hofer (Laguna Beach, Calif.).
In the final set, Penn led early at 2-1, but Brown would not be denied its comeback, taking control with a 4-1 run, capped on a kill by Lord. The Quakers did tie the frame at nine-all, but Bruno took the next point on a kill from freshman Brittany Link (Hinckley, Ohio), who finished with a season-high 10 kills, and did not trail again, closing out the win with a final kill from Lord.
In addition to her match-high 19 kills, Derrough double-doubled with 14 digs. Lord was second on the team with 18 kills and also added nine digs and two blocks. Rieckhoff also posted a match-high with 61 assists.
Brown continues its Ivy League slate tomorrow at 4 p.m., when the Bears take on the Tigers at Princeton.