MEDIA, Pa. -- Penn State Brandywine nearly rallied to win the first and third sets, but the Lions suffered a 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-23) loss to Penn State Berks in non-conference volleyball action on Monday night.
Brandywine opened up a 16-12 lead during the first set following consecutive kills from Lauren Kelly (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown East), Nicolette Napoleon (Springfield, Pa./Penn Charter) and Hannah Sarafinas (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West). Berks answered with six-straight points to jump into the lead and eventually pushed its advantage to 24-20. Brandywine tallied the next three points, getting within one following an ace by Becca Civera (Boothwyn, Pa./Chichester), but Berks got the final point it needed on a Brandywine error to claim the first set.
After Berks notched the first six points of the second set, Brandywine reeled off seven-straight points, including back-to-back aces from Kelly, to move in front. Berks responded with six of the next seven points and swelled the margin as large as nine points before settling for the 25-19 victory.
The Lions trailed by as many as eight points during the final frame before chipping away, collecting three-straight points to climb within 22-17. Berks received a kill from Abbie Tuel to push the game to match point, but Brandywine scored the next four points, using two Berks miscues and a pair of kills from Kelly to get within one; however, Megan Lackman set down a kill to close out the match for the visitors.
Kelly and Napoleon paced Brandywine with eight kills each, while Julia Miles (Boothwyn, Pa./Chichester) dished out 21 assists. Sarafinas added four kills and a team-best three aces.
Kelly was one-of-four Lions to reach double figures in digs, notching 18. Sydney Stevens (Wilmington, Del./Alexis I. DuPont) and Civera both collected 13 digs, while Napoleon amassed 10. Sarafinas posted four of Brandywine's five blocks, including three solo blocks.
Brandywine (12-14, 9-0 PSUAC) hosts Penn State Lehigh Valley on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. The team will honor its seniors prior to the beginning of the match on Senior Night.
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October 29, 2018 Beaver Outlasts Brandywine In Five-Set PSUAC Semifinal
October 24, 2018 Brandywine Rolls Into PSUAC Volleyball Semifinals
October 23, 2018 Brandywine Sweeps Valley Forge 3-0 In Regular-Season Finale
October 23, 2018 Volleyball Begins Title Defense Wednesday In PSUAC Quarterfinals
October 20, 2018 Brandywine Wins Two At York
October 17, 2018 Brandywine Clinches PSUAC East Division On Senior Night
October 15, 2018 Brandywine Downed 3-0 By Berks
October 13, 2018 Brandywine Continues Unbeaten Run Through PSUAC
October 11, 2018 Rutgers-Camden Downs Brandywine 3-0
October 9, 2018 USCAA Selects Napoleon As Volleyball Player Of The Week
October 9, 2018 Brandywine Eases Past Scranton 3-0
October 7, 2018 Brandywine Splits Six Dig Pink Matches
October 3, 2018 Brandywine Completes Season Sweep Of Hazleton
October 1, 2018 Brandywine Rallies From Two Sets Down To Win Home Opener
September 30, 2018 Brandywine Splits Day Two At PSUAC Crossover
September 29, 2018 Brandywine Drops Two On First Day Of PSUAC Crossover
September 26, 2018 Brandywine Volleyball Hosts Eighth-Annual Dig Pink Weekend October 6-7
September 26, 2018 Wesley Tops Brandywine In Non-Conference Matchup
September 24, 2018 Brandywine Remains Unbeaten In PSUAC Volleyball
September 22, 2018 Brandywine Drops Family Affair At Ursinus
September 19, 2018 Lions Post Third-Straight PSUAC Sweep
September 18, 2018 USCAA Names Kelly Player Of The Week; Miles Adds PSUAC Setter Of The Week
September 16, 2018 Brandywine Sweeps Past Scranton
September 13, 2018 Lions Earn First Win In PSUAC Opener
September 12, 2018 Brandywine Falls In Four At Bryn Mawr
September 8, 2018 Brandywine Drops Two At King’s Tri-Match
September 4, 2018 Lions Suffer Season-Opening Loss At Wilkes
August 31, 2018 Volleyball Starts Season-Opening 14-Game Road Trip Tuesday
July 3, 2018 Volleyball Announces 2018 Schedule