PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvania women’s volleyball team defeated Dartmouth 3-1, concluding the matchwith a thrilling come-from-behind win in Game 4. With their backs against the wall, the Quakers scored the final eight points of the game to close things out.
Penn (6-7, 3-0 Ivy) wastrailing, 18-16, in Game Onebefore staging its first comeback of the match.The Quakers
exchanged points with Dartmouth (9-5, 2-2 Ivy) until an Anna Shlimak kill and a Dartmouth attack error gave Penn a 26-24 lead. However, the Big Green answered back with four straight points to take the match 30-26.
The Quakers answered backby cruising to wins in games two and three. However, Game Four providedplenty of excitement with 10 ties and four lead changes. Neither team was able to pull away until the Big Green reeled off five straight points.The Red and Blue scored consecutive points to cut the deficit to 26-22. Stephanie Gwin committed an attack error, but Shlimak and Laura Black had back-to-back kills to get to within three, then both team exchanged points to make it a 29-25 game.
Victory seemed imminent for the Big Green, but the Quakers refused to quit. An attack error by Dartmouth gave Penn the ball and the momentum. Two more attack errors by Dartmouth and four kills by the Red and Blue gave Penn the match to help them remain undefeated in Ivy League play.
Black, Shlimak, and Cara Thomason recorded double-doubles in kills and digs; with 19 digs in Saturday's match, Thomason now holds the career record for digs with 1,332.Kathryn Turner chipped in 11 kills and four block assists, whileLinda Zhang had a season-high 49 assists and added 15 digs.
The Quakers will look to stay perfect in the Ivy League when they travel toColumbia and Cornell next weekend. Penn will meet theLions inNew Yorkon Friday, Oct. 14 at7 p.m. and then travels toIthaca toplay theBig RedSaturday at 4 p.m.
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant