PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman Emma Pastore (Los Angeles, Calif.) tallied a game-high 11 kills, but it was not enough as Ivy League-leading Penn (11-9, 7-1) topped the Bears (7-14, 1-8) in three sets (12-25, 28-30, 23-25).
Senior Megan Toman (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Brianna Williamson (Cincinnati, Ohio) both had all-around games for the Bears. Toman racked up eight kills, six digs and a service ace while Williamson chipped in nine kills, four assists, and five digs.
Penn came out strong in the first set as the Quaker frontline of Julia Swanson, Lauren Martin and Kristen Etterbeek set the tone for much of the game.
Brown refused to let a first set slipup deter them however as they battled out of the gate in the second game. The Bears took an early 13-5 lead on the strength of kills from Pastore and Williamson. The Quaker did not back down and fought to tie the game at 16 and reached set point at the 24-22 mark. The Bears stood strong and got back-to-back kills from Pastore to tie the game at 24-all. The two teams traded four points each until a kill from Swanson set up the Penn win.
The Quakers used the momentum from game two and pushed to a 20-11 lead in the third. The Bears would not go away though, as they closed the gap to two at the 23-21 mark. Penn's Swanson continued her stellar game, picking up two more kills to close out the match for the Quakers.
Junior Annika Gliottone (Warwick, R.I.) was superb defensively with a team-high 14 digs while sophomore Kathryn Glickman (San Francisco, Calif.) filled up the stat sheet with five kills, an assist, a service ace, two digs and two solo blocks.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. when they host Princeton at the Pizzitola Center.