Hanover, N.H. - The Quakers made the necessary plays on Saturday and earned their fourth straight win with a four-set victory over Dartmouth in Hanover.
Penn needed a double-double from senior Julia Swanson to beat the Big Green 25-20, 20-25, 28-26, 25-15 and move to 11-2 in the Ivy League. Swanson finished with 19 kills and 13 digs for her 15th double-double of the season. With the victory, the Red and Blue kept pace with Yale, who improved to 12-2 by beating Cornell in straight sets. The Quakers now just need to beat Princeton on Wednesday to clinch a share of the Ivy League Championship with the Bulldogs.
In addition to Swanson, sophomore Lauren Martin also reached double figures in kills with 11. As a team, Penn out-hit the Big Green .201-.102 and also out-dug Dartmouth, 75-72.
Defensively, senior Madison Wojciechowski had a team-high 15 digs and was one of five players with double-figure digs. Senior Megan Tryon and freshman Dani Shepherd added 14, while junior Logan Johnson and Swanson had 13. Tryon also added 44 assists and two total blocks.
Penn opened with a 10-3 lead in the first set and the Big Green couldn't get back closer than five as the Quakers finished with a 25-20 victory. In the second set, Dartmouth rebounded with six straight to take a lead. The Red and Blue got back within two at 12-10 and 15-13, but could never take a lead, falling 25-20.
The Quakers opened with a small lead in the third set, but Dartmouth came back to tie the match at 15. A 6-2 run made it 21-17 and the teams traded points leaving Penn on top 24-21. The Big Green counted with four straight to go up 25-24. A service error tied the score back up but Dartmouth captured the lead again at 26-25. A kill by Martin tied it at 26 and Penn finished off the set with two straight, 28-26.
In the final set, the Red and Blue went up 17-11, prompting a Big Green timeout. Dartmouth got back within five at 18-13, but a 7-1 run put the match out of reach as Penn finished with the 25-15 victory.
Freshman Susan Stuecheli led the front line with five block
assists while sophomore Amanda Pacheco and Swanson each added four as the
Quakers totaled 13 total blocks. The win moves the Quakers' record to 15-10 overall and the Big Green fall to 14-11 and 5-9 in league play.
Penn returns to action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. when the Quakers take on Princeton with the Ivy Championship on the line.