PHILADELPHIA – Three close sets ended in favor of the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team, as the Quakers began Alumni Weekend with a bang. To start what will be the last home weekend for four seniors, the Red and Blue swept Dartmouth Friday evening (25-22, 25-16, 25-21) in front of alumni, friends, and family.
It was an evenly matched first set until junior captain Alexis Genske recorded her fifth kill to give the Quakers a 19-18 advantage. From there, the Red and Blue finished strong, taking six of the last ten points as Genske ended it with another kill. She finished the first set with seven kills in 12 attempts with one error for a .500 hitting percentage.
Once again, Penn found itself in a back-and-forth battle as Dartmouth evened the score at 13-13 with a kill from Paige Caridi. Caridi would give the Big Green their next point, but it wouldn’t come until after the Quakers rattled off seven straight points to pull away, 20-13. Within the run, senior Kendall Turner was responsible for four of the points, as she notched three kills and a block with freshman Hayley Molnar. A kill from Caridi ended the run but the Red and Blue were too far ahead for Dartmouth to catch up and freshman Michelle Pereira ended the set with a service ace. In the second set alone, Turner was five for six, hitting .833, while Molnar was three for three with no errors.
After the break, Turner matched her second-set performance in the third, leading the Quakers to a victory. However, it was once again another battle to the finish as the Big Green maintained a slight edge over the Red and Blue. Every time Penn tied it, Dartmouth responded until the momentum swung in the Quakers’ favor. An attack error by the Big Green and kills from Genske and Turner, respectively, put the Red and Blue ahead by two. Dartmouth came back with a kill, but the energy remained with the home team, as a block by Turner put Penn ahead for good. Freshman Emmy Friedler gave the Quakers their first Ivy sweep of the season with a service ace, ending it 25-21.
Genske finished the evening with her seventh double-double of the season: 13 kills and 20 digs. Playing in one of her last matches in The Palestra, Turner recorded 10 kills in 13 attempts for a .769 hitting percentage – a single-match high.
The Red and Blue return to The Palestra for one final home match this season as they host Harvard at 5 p.m. Along with celebrating Senior Night, Penne will be officially unveiling their new locker room as well as honoring the 5th and 25th anniversaries of the 1989 and 2009 Ivy League Championship teams.
Download: Penn vs. Dartmouth Boxscore2.pdf