PHILADELPHIA - The Penn volleyball team earned a convincing first Ivy League win of the season Friday as it swept the defending champion Cornell Big Red, 3-0 (30-28, 30-24, 30-26). Senior Laura Black led all scorers with 13 kills and a .407 hitting percentage. Junior Kathryn Turner had nine kills, six of which came in the final game.
Neither team could put together a strong offensive attack in the first game, but Penn jumped out to an early lead thanks to several early Cornell errors. The Quakers led 20-12 and 29-24 before a furious Big Red charge forced head coach Kerry Carr to call time out with the score 29-28. A Natalie Drucker kill sealed the game for the Red and Blue. Black had six kills in the game on 11 errorless tries. Drucker had four block assists.
Penn jumped out to an early lead in Game Two, again thanks to multiple Big Red service errors. This time, Cornell was unable to mount a late charge, and the Quakers took a 2-0 lead in the match with a 30-24 victory. Senior Anna Shlimak had four kills and two service aces in the game. Freshman Julia Swanson added four kills. For the second straight game, Penn outblocked Cornell 4-0. Drucker rejected one shot on her own and added another block assist.
The Quakers completed the sweep thanks to stellar play from Turner in the third game. The team jumped out to a 6-0 lead thanks to a block and four kills from Turner. She ended up with six kills in the game. Black had five kills to leave her with a match-high 13. Senior Linda Zhang, who had 30 assists in the match, contributed a key solo block late as the Big Red was attempting to mount a comeback.
The Quakers are back in action tomorrow at the Palestra at 4 p.m. against Columbia.