PRINCETON N.J. Penn opened Ivy League play tonight defeating Princeton 3-1. The Quakers were defeated in the first game 30-16 but fought back and took the next three game including game four 31-29.
Down 1-0 the Red and Blue led for all but one point of game two. With the game tied at 23 a piece Penn took advantage of a bad set and an attack error by the Tigers. Then Amy Starosta scored a service ace and Princeton surrendered another attack error to give the Quakers a four point lead and eventually the game 30-25.
Game three was tied at 12-12 when Penn went on a 5-0 run which gave them a lift. A service ace by sophomore Laura Black two kills by Starosta and two attack errors by Princeton saw Penn take a 17-12 lead. Princeton did manage to tie the game at 18-18, but Kathryn Turner’s two consecutive service aces gave the Quakers a big enough cushion in game three.
The fourth game was undoubtedly the best game of the night. In the game there were 12 tie scores and five lead changes. Cara Thomason had a kill to tie it at 28-28 then Princeton committed an attack error to give Penn the lead. An attack by Lindsey Ensign tied the score once again, but the Quakers took one final charge with consecutive kills by Turner and Black to take the game and the match.
Black, Thomason and Michelle Kauffman all reached double digits in kills. Elizabeth Hurst and Turner each had three service aces for the Quakers. However, the Red and Blue played great defense in the match. The Red and Blue out dug the Tigers 81-66 and had an eye-popping 20 block assists on the night.
“It was a total team effort tonight and we played amazing defense” said coach Kerry Carr after the win.
The Quakers will be off until next Friday, Oct. 7 when they host Harvard in their Ivy League home opener at 7 pm. Thematch can be heard on www.pennathletics.com.
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant.