Cambridge, Mass. - The Quakers did their part on Friday night at Harvard, beating Crimson in three sets to maintain their spot atop the Ivy League standings with Yale.
The Red and Blue won 25-23, 25-18 and 25-23 to move to 10-2 in the Ancient Eight and keep pace with the Bulldogs who improved to 11-2 in league play with a three-set victory over Columbia earlier in the evening.
Sophomore Amanda Pacheco led the Quakers' offense, hitting .400 with 13 kills and also added some defense with three total blocks and five digs. Senior Julia Swanson matched Pacheco with 13 kills and also added ten digs for her 14th double-double of the season.
Penn hit .207 for the match, compared to .171 for Harvard as both teams registered 40 kills in the match. The Red and Blue also out-dug the Crimson 45-43, in winning their third straight match.
The Quakers stumbled early in the first set and found themselves down 7-4. Penn responded with a 7-1 run to capture an 11-8 advantage. The Crimson remained close for the reminder of the set but could never draw even as the Red and Blue finished with the 25-23 victory.
In the second set the teams traded points until four straight turned a 13-12 deficit into a 16-13 advantage. Harvard pulled back within one, but three more by the Quakers put the set out of reach and the Red and Blue won 25-18.
The final set was battle as neither team could gain any substantial lead. With Penn leading 20-18, the Crimson scored two straight to tie it. The two teams traded points, tying the set at 21, 22 and 23. The Quakers finally put Harvard away with a Crimson attack error and a block by Lauren Martin and Pacheco to end it.
Martin totaled four block assists on the evening while Stuecheli three. Logan Johnson finished with ten kills, as did senior Madison Wojciechowski.
Senior setter Megan Tryon finished the night with 29 assists and in the process became the program's all-time leader in assists, finishing the night with a school-record 3,608.
The 14-10 Quakers return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. when they take on Dartmouth in Hanover.