HANOVER, N.H. - Senior Elizabeth Semmens and Junior Swanson provided offense and defense for the Penn women's volleyball team who improved to 4-0 in conference play with a 3-1 win over Dartmouth in Hanover on Friday night.
Semmens hit .317 and had 17 kills and a 16 digs in for her second consecutive double-double. Swanson had a double-double for the Red and Blue as well, with 14 kills and 14 digs. The Penn defense was once again staunch, out digging the Big Green 67-59 and only allowing the Dartmouth to hit .169 for the match.
In the first set, the Quakers dropped the first two points before rattling off eight straight. The two teams traded points before a four consecutive points by the Big Green narrowed the lead to 11-9.
Dartmouth drew even at 13 apiece, in the midst of 6-0 run which put them up 16-13. The Red and Blue fought back to pull even at 20 and again at 21. Penn wouldn't trail again, taking four of the final six points, punctuated by a Megan Tryon kill to end it 25-23.
The two teams drew even at three apiece before the Big Green took its first lead of the second set at 4-3. Dartmouth was unable to extend the advantage though a Julia Swanson kill eventually tied it up at eight. Penn, however, was unable to take the lead and the Big Green pushed its advantage to 19-14 on a service ace. The two teams traded points for the remainder of the set as Dartmouth won it 25-20.
The Red and Blue responded in the third set, taking the first two points and four of the first five. The Big Green came back to tie it at six before taking a lead at 9-8. A 5-1 run, highlighted by Kills from Swanson and junior Britt Danneman put the Quakers back in front at 13-10.
A Dartmouth point closed it within two, but a 6-1 run put the game out of reach at 19-12. Penn went up 24-20, before two Big Green points cut the lead in half, however a service error ended the comeback attempt by Dartmouth.
In the final set, the Quakers used three Swanson kills in the set's first eight points to take a 7-1 lead. The Big Green got back within five at 10-5, however Semmens extended the lead to six with a kill on the next play. The Red and Blue continued to set the tone for the remainder of the match, going up 23-14 and finishing with the 25-18 win.
Tryon had another strong all-around game for Penn, hitting .333 with five kills, 43 assists and six digs. Senior Ashley Hawkins had a team-high six block assists to go with seven kills, while first year Lauren Martin added five block assists and nine kills.
Dartmouth falls to 3-2 in the conference and 7-8 overall with the loss, while the Quakers improve to 13-4 and 4-0 in Ivy play. Penn returns to action on Saturday to face off against Harvard at 4 p.m.
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