Philadelphia – Thanks to a strong team effort, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team swept Princeton in three at tonight’s Dig Pink match at the Palestra, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-20). Four Quakers led the way with eight kills apiece and the Red and Blue also notched a total of 10 aces. Not only was a team effort shown on the court but it was shown off the court as Penn eclipsed their campaign goal of $4,000.
Success came early in the first set for the Quakers who never looked back after they jumped out to a four nothing lead, with a service ace from senior captain Dani Shepherd and kills from sophomores Jasmine DeSilva, Alexis Genske, and Michellie McDonald-O’Brien. Princeton could only reach within three, 18-15, but couldn’t overcome the energy Penn was bringing and fell, 25-19.
The largest deficit the Quakers faced in the evening was three points, which came in the second-set, down 5-8. It was short lived for the Tigers as senior captain Susan Stuecheli took matters into her own hands. Stuecheli blasted two big kills and swung the momentum back in favor for Penn. The Quakers were all about the back-to-backs as sophomore Ronnie Bither added two straight service aces to turn the score in Penn’s favor, 15-11. It was just a short while later when DeSilva put down two kills in a row, pushing the Red and Blue to a 22-17 lead. Two times, the Tigers came within one but failed to take over as Penn claimed the second set, 25-22.
Shepherd’s two straight service aces kept the double streak going as she sparked a five-point Quaker run to start the third set. Princeton came back and evened the score twice but ultimately failed after freshman Rachel Baader propelled Penn to a steady five-point lead with two straight service aces. A kill from Genske finished off the night as the Red and Blue won, 25-20. With the win, Penn improved to 10-9 overall, 4-4 Ivy, while Princeton dropped to 6-12 overall, 2-6 Ivy.
Genske, McDonald-O’Brien, DeSilva, and senior captain Kristen Etterbeek put up eight kills. Defensively, Genske claimed the lone solo block of the evening and had two block assists, along with 10 digs behind Shepherd (16).
Next weekend, the Quakers continue their homestand as they host Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday.