HANOVER, N.H. - The University of Pennsylvania women's volleyball team (7-12, 4-4) put a halt to itsfive match losing streak on Friday night defeating Dartmouth (10-9, 3-6) 30-17, 30-28, 30-28.
In the first game, the Quakers took the early lead and never relinquished it. They never let the Big Green get within seven points.
Game two went back and forth until Penn pulled away to a seven point advantage. Dartmouth was able to fight back but never got closer than four points until they cut the Quaker lead to 24-22. After calling a timeout Dartmouth won the next two points to tie the game. With the score tied at 28 the Big Green took another timeout. This time it was the Red and Blue that scored the next two points out of the break to win the game 30-28.
It was the same story in the final game. After neither team could take the lead early the Quakers finally pulled away, this time 26-18. Once again Dartmouth cut the lead to two points to make it 26-24. The teams then played for sideouts with the Quakers taking the game 30-28 to win the match.
Penn dominated the Big Green on the stat sheet; out killing their opponent 52-39. Cara Thomason lead the Quakers with 16 kills and had an astounding .424 hitting percentage. Thomason was joined by Laura Black’s 12 and Ana Shlimak’s 11. Thomason added 19 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. Black also notched a double-double with 13 digs. However, the defensive performance of the night goes to Elizabeth Hurst who had a game-high 25 digs and earned the praises of coach Kerry Carr.
“Elizabeth played amazing defense tonight, she read where the ball was going the entire match,” said Carr of her libero.
The Quakers will be back in action tomorrow when they take on Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. at 4 p.m. Penn defeated the Crimson 3-1 on Oct. 7.
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant