PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvania women's volleyball team lost to Yale 3-0 Friday night at The Palestra. The Bulldogs won 30-18, 30-19, 30-16.
The first game saw Yale (14-2, 5-1 Ivy) get out to a 6-1 lead thanks to five straight points. Penn was able to hang around, but it was not enough to cut into the deficit. The Bulldogs staged another 5-0 run to go up 16-7. Although both teams went back and forth for the next 10 points, Yale mounted one more run -- this time four consecutive points to take a 23-14 advantage which proved to be too much for the Quakers.
Penn (6-11, 3-3) played the defending Ivy League champs tough through the midway point of the second game. With Penn trailing 15-12, the Bulldogs scored consecutive points to take a five-point lead. Penn took the next point on a Cara Thomason kill, and the teams exchanged the next five points. Itwas all Bulldogs after that, though, as theyreeled off seven straight points to go up by 11 fortheir biggest lead of the game. Yalerodethe lead toits second win on the night.
Yale scored six straight points to take a 12-4 lead in Game Three.The Quakers cut the Bulldogs lead to five at one point, but that would be as close as they would get.
Thomason led the Quakers with nine kills. She also recorded 13 digs. Laura Black and Elizabeth Hurst had 16 digs each.
The Red and Blue play host to the Brown Bears tomorrow at 4 p.m. at The Palestra. Brown was swept by Princeton Friday night.
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant