October 31, 2009

Bears Fall to Penn by 3-1 Margin

Despite an impressive game from sophomore setter Annika Gliottone, the Bears dropped a 3-1 match to Penn on Saturday afternoon, as the league-leading Quakers played a strong match on their home floor. With the loss, Brown falls to 5-15 on the season and 1-8 in league play, while Penn improves to 18-4 overall and 9-0 in the Ivy League.

The Quakers came out strong early in the match, taking the first two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-16 respectively.  It looked as though Penn would again prevail in the third after the hosts went up 17-13, but the Bears gamely fought back, chipping away to come back and tie the set at 21 apiece.  The teams then traded points back and forth, with Brown rallying again to force extra points.

Bruno was then able to force a pair of attack errors on Penn, taking an exciting 28-26 win in the third set, and pulling back to within 2-1 for the match.  However, the Quakers showed why they lead the Ivy League, pulling together to play another strong set in the fourth, and putting Brown away with a 25-18 win.

Gliottone led the Bears, who hold Penn's impressive attack to just a .214 team hitting percentage.  The sophomore setter notched a double-double with 13 assists and 17 digs, leading three Brown players with double digit digs.  Junior Brianna Williamson had 10, to go with eight kills, while rookie Carly Cotton racked up 26 digs.  Junior Megan Toman was also strong offensively, with a team-high 11 kills and two aces.

The Bears will be back in action on Friday, November 6, when they travel to Hanover to take on the Dartmouth Big Green at 7:00 p.m.