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This year Penn State Brandywine  joined with The Side-Out Foundation to help raise money for breast cancer research. After a fantastic Dig Pink day October 1, 2011 PSU Brandywine volleyball was able to raise over $1,000 for the cause! We thank all of you who supported us in our effort, we appreciate your kindness!


 

 
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Penn State Brandywine hosted its first ever home playoff match this Tuesday, October 18, 2011. After finishing fourth in the PSUAC with a record of 12-4 the Brandywine Lions hosted Penn State Mont Alto in the first round of playoffs. The Lady Lions were pumped to play in their gym and came out with energy and excitement. The stands were filled and hopes were high. Mont Alto took the first game which only made Brandywine more hungry. The tides turned in the second game and Brandywine started on top and stayed there for the remainder of the game. Captain Melanie Tyson, libero Alexandra Vitale, setter Kate Cowan, and middle hitter Amanda Rasley lead them to a win. Miscommunication was the downfall of Brandywine in the third and fourth games but the girls laid everything they had on their home court. "I've never seen my girls play with this much intensity and focus. We took momentum early in the second game and didn't let up, if we could have continued at this level the match would have been ours for the taking." said head coach Melissa Algeo. The team is disappointed to see the season come to an end but are already thinking to next year!

 

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Penn State Brandywine's volleyball team started off its season against DIII Delaware Valley on September 1, 2011. After a tough first game, Brandywine started to communicate and get in a rhythm and began fighting back. Unfortunately it was too late, the Lions showed their youth and lost in three to the Aggies. 

On Saturday, September 3, Brandywine traveled to Valley Forge Christian College. The Lions came out energized and focused and were ready to win! With senior, Melanie Tyson and junior, Kate Cowan leading the team Brandywine came out on top in a 3-0 victory. Freshman, Brandy Flowers made a huge impact in the middle and was able to shake off freshman nerves to play aggressively and dominate the net.

The Lady Lions of Penn State Brandywine were focused and determined in Saturday, September 17 home match against PSU Mont Alto. After a tough loss in game one (26-28) Brandywine never looked back and banded together. With leadership from freshman, Brandy Flowers, the Lions pushed through to win game two (25-18) and game three (25-21.) Flowers and Amanda Rasley were on fire in the front row while Alex Vitale and Melanie Tyson dominated the back. Mont Alto came out energized and ambushed Brandywine in game four but Brandywine was pumped for the challenge of game five. Setter Kate Cowan put up 33 assists to set the tone for Brandywine leading them to a victory over Mont Alto 3-2.

The Lady Lions are now 10-3 in the PSUAC and are making a run for playoffs. With only a week left in regular season the girls are gearing up for their remaining challenges against PSU Mont Alto, PSU Wilkes Barre and PSU York.


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Please contact head coach Melissa Algeo with any questions or interest at:
mhl13@psu.edu
610-892-1470