PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Five Brown seniors played their final games at the Pizzitola Sports Center on Saturday night. Senior Laurielle Hofer (Laguna Beach, Callif.) had a career night with nine kills and six blocks, but it was not enough as Penn came out on top 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 16-25, 19-25).
Brown's defense was superb on the night, with 12 total blocks and 70 digs, headed by senior libero Annika Gliottone's (Warwick, R.I.) team-high 17, but Penn's offense, which registered 57 kills, found its groove in the third and fourth sets to take the win.
Brown fed off the energy of the Senior Night crowd, jumping out to an early 10-5 lead after a kill from rookie Maddie Lord (La Jolla, Calif.) and a Penn attack error. The Lead would not last however as the Quakers tied the score up with a 5-0 run. The two teams continued to battle to a 20-all tie, but it was Penn who was able reach set-point first an took the first frame on the next point.
Brown faced an early 6-3 deficit in the second, but tied it up at 9-all and never trailed again. The Bears pulled out to 15-10, but could not shake the Quakers as they pulled even at 20-all. Brown stood strong and reached set point first, before tying up the game at with a Gliottone service ace.
The Quakers and Bears continued to fight at the start of the third, deadlocked a 9-9. From there, the Penn offense settled in, using a 10-5 run to pull away and a 6-2 run to take a 2-1 lead.
Brown hung tough in the four, playing to within four, late in the match at 22-18 and 23-19, but Penn was able to close out the match with kills from Amanda Pacheco and Emma White.
Lord finished the game with a team-high 14 kills, while senior Spencer McAndrews (Los Angeles, Calif.) posted a team-high 26 assists.