PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvania (10-16, 7-7) women’s volleyball team lost to Princeton (17-8, 8-6) 3-1 on Wednesday night at The Palestra 20-30, 30-21, 24-30, 26-30. The match also marked the final time seniors Cara Thomason and Michelle Kauffman would suit up for the Red and Blue.
Princeton took the first set easily and the Quakers did the same in game two thanks to 11 blocks. Kauffman and Linda Zhang paired up three times for blocks.
Games three and four proved to be more evenly matched. The Red and Blue played from behind all of game three, but they hung tough. The Tigers reeled off five straight points to build a comfortable lead that Penn was not able to rebound from.
Despite trailing 28-20 in game four, the Quakers staged a late comeback. An Anna Shlimak service ace, a Thomason kill, a Princeton setting error and a Laura Black kill put the Red and Blue back in the game at 28-25. However, the Tigers took two of the last three points to win the match.
Shlimak notched 9 kills but her defense was more impressive as she led Penn with 24 digs. Black finished the night one kill shy of a double-double. She had 9 kills and 10 digs. Zhang dished out 38 assists while recording two service aces.
In their final match on The Palestra floor, Thomason and Kauffman put forth solid efforts. Thomason recorded her team-leading 14th double-double of the season after game two. She finished up with 17 kills and 21 digs. Kauffman tallied 8 kills while assisting on a team-high six blocks.
For Thomason, she will leave Penn as the school’s all-time leader in digs with 1,525 and fourth with 993 kills.
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant