Hanover, N.H.-- For the second time this season, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team rebounded, after dropping the first set, to take a 3-1 victory tonight over Dartmouth (19-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-13). With their 15th win in a row over the Big Green, the Red and Blue sport a perfect 4-0 record in the second half of Ivy play. The triumph inside Leede Arena is also the fifth consecutive win for Penn.
Despite taking the first point with a kill by sophomore Jasmine DeSilva and a three point advantage at 10-7 in the opening set, the Quakers couldn’t maintain the lead as Dartmouth went on a ten point run. The deficit was too much for the Red and Blue, who dropped the first set 19-25.
Again, Penn would take the first point of the set, this time from a kill by senior captain Kristen Etterbeek. The Quakers continued to trail the Big Green in the second set, until a kill from senior captain Susan Stuecheli evened it out at 12. Two more kills, this time from sophomore Alexis Genske, forced Dartmouth to call time, as the Red and Blue lead, 14-12. The Big Green managed to get the ball back with a kill to make it 15-13 but lost it as the Penn offense sprang into action with kills from Stuecheli, Etterbeek, and then Genske, to push the lead to 18-13. The Quakers maintained their pace and evened the score to one apiece with a 25-20 second-set win.
After a ten-minute intermission, the Red and Blue kept up their energy and took an early 5-1 lead. The tone for the next two sets were put in place as Penn went on to take set three, 25-14, and then set four, 25-13.
Two Quakers finished with a double-double: Genske (13 kills, 12 digs) and Etterbeek (13 kills, 10 digs). Stuecheli and fellow senior captain Dani Shepherd joined the double-digit party with 11 kills and 28 digs, respectively. Stuecheli also finished the evening with four solo blocks, as the team pulled out the stops with 11. Setting the pace for the offense was sophomores Alex Caldwell (26 assists) and Ronnie Bither (25 assists).
The Red and Blue, now 13-9 overall and 7-4 Ivy, return to action tomorrow when they travel to Harvard for the last road match of the season. First serve is set for 5 p.m. at the Malkin Athletic Center.
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