BOWLING GREEN – Three different players had 13 kills and five different players had at least 11 digs as the Orange Team beat the Brown in four sets Saturday in the Bowling Green Orange/Brown Scrimmage 25-14, 17-25, 25-15, 25-14.
Danielle Tonyan, Cassie Berning, and assistant coach Jessica Hohl (who was forced into action to fill out rosters) all had 13 kills. Berning, particularly, had six kills in the first frame to set the pace. All three added at least 11 digs as well and Tonyan had eight blocks to come up just shy of a triple-double.
Laura Avila, a two-year starting setter for the Falcons, distributed the ball in a balanced attack, handing out 36 assists. Sophomore transfer Kelsey Bates added nine blocks and junior libero Ashley Dunn had a match-high 23 digs.
The Orange got rolling quickly, scoring the first six points of the match on a kill from Tonyan and two blocks. Brown was never able to get closer than four points the rest of the way.
But Brown bounced back in the second set as Paige Penrod had five kills and four digs, while the team dished up three aces to even the match with a 25-17 win.
Both the third and fourth sets were won easily by Orange as Tonyan had five kills and five digs in the third and Dunn had eight digs in the fourth.
For the Brown, Penrod led with 12 kills, while Lindsey Butterfield added eight and two aces. Both Penrod and Libby Dachenhaus had 16 digs in a losing effort.
Bowling Green will combine teams again to get the regular season started in a week. The Falcons will compete in the Marquette Challenge Friday and Saturday, facing a pair of BCS schools. BGSU plays Marquette Friday at 7 p.m. and Northwestern Saturday at 4 p.m.