Big Blocks Help Volleyball to Win in Hanover

HANOVER, N.H. – After dropping a heartbreaker to Harvard the night before, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team redeemed itself and captured a four set victory over Dartmouth on Saturday evening in Leede Arena, 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 19-25, 25-17). The road win improves the Quakers’ Ivy record to 3-4 before beginning the second half of League play next weekend against Princeton. Junior Alex Caldwell produced her second triple-double of the season with 11 kills, 21 assists, and 10 digs, while junior captain Alexis Genske recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 17 kills and 15 digs. Senior Kendall Turner also totaled double-digit kills with 11 and helped the Red and Blue to produce 11 team blocks with five block assists.

Turner and Genske teamed up to start the night off with a block to earn the first point in set one. After falling behind 9-5, the Quakers ran the court for five straight points starting with a kill from Genske and a Dartmouth attack error. An ace from freshman Michelle Pereira and kills from Genske and senior captain Trina Ohms gave the Red and Blue a 10-9 lead and caused the Big Green to call a timeout. Dartmouth came back with a kill, but Penn put up four more points on the board and would remain in control until Turner put down a kill to end it, 25-21.

Neither team led by more than three points throughout the entire second set, as the two teams would find the score tied 12 times with five lead changes. At 19-19, the Big Green went ahead by two but the Quakers responded with two points of their own from kills by Turner and freshman Hayley Molnar. Dartmouth then handed over two more points to the Red and Blue on errors and Penn sealed the victory after a final Big Green kill with a kill by junior Michellie McDonald-O’Brien and a service ace from Caldwell.

The Quakers fell behind 3-0 in set three and were never able to make up ground, falling 25-19. Set four started the same way but this time in favor of the Red and Blue, which provided momentum for Penn to take the match with Molnar's kill, 25-17.

Download: Penn v. Dartmouth Boxscore.pdf