PHILADELPHIA Spoiling Cornell’s hopes of an undefeated regular season in a thrilling five game match on Friday is a tough act to follow, but in their encore on Saturday Penn (10-15, 7-6) put on quite a show by sweeping Columbia (6-18, 4-10). A 38-36 game one victory followed by consecutive 30-17 wins over the team that beat the Red and Blue earlier in the season in a five game match is not a bad performance.
Game one seemed like a continuation of Friday nights match. The first set had 17 tie scores and six lead changes. Once the score reached 24 all, neither team managed to pull away sending the game into overtime. After a Cara Thomason kill Penn finally put an end to the first set. Amalia Viti’s attack attempt was blocked by Thomason and Kathryn Turner to seal the game for the Quakers.
The Red and Blue used two four point runs and a five point run to dispose of the Lions handily in game two. In game three a 7-0 run put Penn ahead 17-7. They never let Columbia get within 10 points the rest of the game.
Anna Shlimak and Thomason carried the Quakers for the second straight game. Both players had 16 kills and Thomason recorded 16 digs. Laura Black also notched a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs.
The Red and Blue close out the season when they host Princeton on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant