ITHACA, N.Y Head Coach Kerry Carr won her 200th career match and the Penn volleyball team won its fifth in a row as the Quakers defeated Cornell, 3-0 (30-23, 30-22, 34-32). Freshman Julia Swanson pounded in 14 kills and senior Anna Shlimak had 11 to lead the team. The Quakers improve to 14-7 (7-2) and continue to position themselves for a run at the Ivy League title.
“This was a great weekend for us,” said Carr, whose team completed a five-game road trip 5-0. “To come into road gyms like this and win 3-0 on one of our hardest road trips of the season is very big for us.”
For Carr, the win was a special milestone. Her 200th career victory did not mean as much to her as the seventh Ivy League victory of the season, as she deferred credit to her team.
“This was about how well the team played out there,” Carr said. “I was really proud of them.”
The match opened well for Penn. The teams went back and forth early in the first game, but Penn ran out to a big early lead and won, 30-23. Junior Kathryn Turner led the team with five kills in the first game, and Swanson and senior Laura Black had four each. The Quakers won thanks to dominating net defense, rejecting four of the Big Red’s shots. Senior Linda Zhang had four block assists, and Turner added three.
Game Two followed nearly the same script, as an early tense match turned into a rout, 30-22. Shlimak and Swanson had five kills each in the game, and the Quakers took advantage of a Cornell offense that registered just a .211 hitting percentage in the game.
Despite trailing 2-0 in the match, Cornell did not roll over in the third game. The match remained close throughout, and the Big Red had a game point before the Quakers forced a side out to give themselves a chance. The teams again exchanged points until the Quakers were able to finish the deal, winning the game 34-32 and the match, 3-0. Neither team could muster much in the way of offense, but Swanson had five of the team’s 15 kills to help the Quakers to the victory.
Penn is back in action next Friday, finally returning home after five games on the road. They will face Harvard at 7 p.m. on Friday and Dartmouth at 4 p.m. on Saturday.