NEW YORK The University of Pennsylvania women’s volleyball team lost its first Ivy League match of the season Friday, dropping a five-set match to Columbia. The Quakers lost the first two games, fought back to take games three and four, but ultimately fell in the fifth and final game, 15-12.
Penn (6-8, 3-1) gave the Lions all they could handle after facing a 2-0 deficit in the match.Despite being outkilled by Columbia, the Red and Blue dominated the net in game three recording 10 blocks.Penn was led by freshman Kathryn Turner’s seven kills and three block assists to take game three, 30-28.
The Quakers fell behind early in game four but clawed back to take a 19-15 lead thanks to three consecutive kills -- two by Laura Black and one by Anna Shlimak.Penn was then able to hold off the Lions the rest of the way and won the game 30-27 on a Shlimak service ace.
In their first game five of the season, Penn went into an early hole by giving up the first four points. The Red and Blue mounted a comeback, however,on consecutive kills by Cara Thomason and Shlimak to take a 10-9 advantage.However, the Quakers saw their lead slip away as the Lions won five of the final seven points to win the game and the match.
“You have to hand it to Columbia, they are definitely an improved team” said Penn head coach Kerry Carr. “We weren’t ourselves tonight, we got off to a slow start and that gave Columbia confidence.”
Turner put forth a stellar performance with 16 kills and 10 block assists. Thomason and Shlimak each recorded double-doubles in kills and digs. As a team, the Quakers had 38 blocks.
The Red and Blue are back in action tomorrow afternoon when they travel to Ithaca to take on Cornell. The Big Red swept Princeton on Friday night and remain the only unbeaten team in the Ivy League.
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant