Philadelphia, Pa. The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team fell to Harvard, 3-2 for their first home Ivy League loss of the season.
“It was a really tight match,” said Head Coach Kerry Carr. “We needed to be more aggressive and to go after the ball harder in the final games. It is in those situations when the youth of the team comes out instead of the experience.”
The loss dropped the Quakers to 7-7 overall and 1-3 in the Ivy League. Harvard, 10-5 overall, 5-0 in the Ivy League, is the only undefeated team in the League. The Crimson won the first game 30-27, but the Quakers came back to win the next two, 30-28 and 30-28. Harvard won the third game 30-25 to force a fifth game, which the Crimson won 15-8. Junior Michelle Kauffman had20 kills and one block in the match. This set a new career-high for kills for Kauffman. In addition to Kauffman’s play, freshman Laura Black had 17 kills, one service ace and four digs for the Quakers. Senior Lynzy Caton contributed 14 kills and three service aces for the Quakers, and freshman Linda Zhang had 57 assists and five kills.
Senior Kaego Ogbechie had 29 kills and seven digs for the Crimson and fellow senior Nilly Schweitzer had 16 kills in Harvard’s victory.
The Quakers are next in action on Saturday, Oct. 16, when they host Dartmouth at The Palestra at 4 p.m.
Written by Jennifer Hildebrand, athletic communications assistant