Philadelphia, Pa. -- The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team used double-digit kills from three Quakers to take three-sets against Dartmouth tonight, after dropping the first: 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-18). The Red and Blue evened out the weekend with the win and improved to 9-9 overall, 3-4 Ivy. The Big Green fell to 9-10 overall, 2-5 Ivy.
Penn fell behind by three in the first set and slowly climbed up the scoreboard within one at 22-21. The teams went back-and-forth but Dartmouth finished on top, 26-24.
Early in set-two, the Quakers claimed six-consecutive points, to go up 7-1, from two attacks errors by Dartmouth and kills by three Quakers: sophomore Alexis Genske, freshman Arielle Winfield (two), and senior captain Kristen Etterbeek. The Red and Blue maintained a steady lead and closed the set with a kill from Winfield, two service aces from sophomore Ronnie Bither, and an attack error by the Big Green, 25-16.
Set-three was also dominated by the Quakers who hit .419 with 16 kills. Etterbeek contributed eight of the kills (.583), two of them coming in the last four points. Sophomore Jasmine DeSilva knocked down another kill and Penn won the set off an attack error by Dartmouth, 25-16.
Determined to stay in it, the Big Green battled back in the fourth-set, as the team with the lead changed six times – the first occurrence in the match. A kill from Etterbeek gave the Red and Blue a two point advantage, 13-11, and the momentum needed to take three more -- an attack error by Dartmouth’s Lucia Pohlman, a kill by Winfield, and a block by Winfield and DeSilva. The 16-11 lead was the largest lead in the set and from there on out, points for either team were only won from kills. The Big Green’s six kills were not enough as Penn put down nine by six different Quakers, who claimed their victory points from DeSilva and Genske, 25-18.
Etterbeek totaled a single-match season-high 17 kills, followed by DeSilva (14), and Genske (12), which was also a single-match season-high as well as a tie for single-match career-high. Along with the 12 kills, Genske added 14 digs, behind senior captain Dani Shepherd, who anchored the defense with 31 digs. Winfield contributed the only solo block of the evening and notched eight block assists, as the Red and Blue tied their single-match season-high record for team blocks of 12.
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