VILLANOVA, Pa. The University of Pennsylvania women’s volleyball team (6-10, 3-2 Ivy League) was swept by Villanova (17-5, 5-2 Big East) on Tuesday night 31-29, 30-25 and 30-24 at Nevin Gymnasium.
With the first game tied at 7-7, Penn ran off eight straight points to take a 15-7 lead. The Quakers managed to stay ahead despite the Wildcats cutting the advantage to 21-19. Two errors by Villanova and a Laura Black kill gave the Red and Blue room to breath. Cara Thomason then scored a service ace to make the score 29-24 to force a game point. However, the Wildcats had other plans. They came back with four straight kills and a block to tie the game. Then Penn was called for double contact and committed an attack error to give the Wildcats the game.
Game two was tied at seven when a Celine Nguyen kill put Villanova up until Penn took a 14-13 lead on an attack error. The Quakers saw themselves down 23-17, but they fought back to within one on a block by Kira Campbell and Amy Starosta. The Wildcats rallied off four straight points to take the game.
After trailing 8-4 in game three Penn tied the score at 10 a piece on a service ace by Kathryn Turner. Villanova took the next point but the Quakers hung in and tied the score twice, at 15 on a block by Anna Shlimak and Stephanie Gwin and at 16 on a Villanova digging error. The Red and Blue could not get past the 16-16 tie and the Wildcats went on to a commanding 27-20 advantage which was too much for Penn.
Turner led the Quakers with nine kills in the match. Penn dominated the net with 16 blocks. Junior Elizabeth Hurst had a match-high 20 digs.
The Red and Blue return to Ivy League action this weekend. They host Yale on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. and Brown comes to The Palestra on Saturday, Oct. 22 for a 4 p.m. start.
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant.