Oct. 12, 2007
Philadelphia, PA - In what seems to be a recurring theme, the Brown volleyball team (2-12, 0-4 Ivy) dropped three close matches to an Ivy League opponent, falling to Penn (9-6, 3-1) at the Palestra, 30-24, 30-26, 30-25. The first two games were tied at 22-22 and 26-26, respectively, before the Quakers were able to pull away for crucial wins.
Junior Lyndse Yess (Eugene, OR) led the Bears with 12 kills and tied for the team lead with 14 digs for her first double-double of the season. Senior captain Katie Lapinski (Niles, IL) matched her total with 14 digs of her own, while freshman Megan Toman (Newport Beach, CA) was right behind Yess with 11 kills. Junior setter Natalie Meyers (Seal Beach, CA) had 34 assists, while freshman Danielle Vaughan (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) led the Bears with four total blocks, one solo.
Penn took a quick lead in game one, going up 4-0. After the Bears cut the lead to one, another four-point run gave the hosts a 14-9 advantage. Again Brown cut into the lead, eventually tying the game 20-20. The teams went back and forth until 23-23, when Penn took seven of the next eight points on five kills and two ball-handling errors to close out the game.
The second game was more of the same, with neither team leading by more than two points until Penn took a 22-19 lead. That lead got up to four points before a Brown rally tied the game at 26-26. Once again, Penn was able to close out the game, this time on four consecutive kills, including three by freshman Julia Swanson.
The third game was tied at 15-15 when the Quakers began pulling away, eventually extending their advantage to six points at 25-19 and holding on for a 30-25 match-clinching win.
The Quakers were led by Swanson's 14 kills and 18 digs, both game highs.
On Saturday, Brown will travel to Princeton for a 4 p.m. showdown with the Tigers.