PHILADELPHIA Senior Cara Thomason tied the career digs record tonight with 13. The co-captain is tied with Melissa Ingalss (1986-89) with 1,313 digs, as the Quakers defeated Harvard 3-1. Penn took game one 30-20 and lost game two 30-18. The Red and Blue pulled out the win in game three 30-28 and cruised in game four, 30-19.
Game one saw the Quakers take the lead 6-5 and never relinquish it. In game two, the Red and Blue fell behind early and could never catch up to the Crimson. The closest Penn got was six.
In game three, the Quakers pulled away mid-way through the match but Harvard clawed back to 22-21. The Red and Blue eventually took a 29-25 lead, but a kill by Laura Mahon and consecutive attack errors by Penn shrunk their lead to 29-28. Freshman Kathryn Turner’s kills on a set from Linda Zhang put the game away.
The Crimson played Penn tight to begin game four, but the Quakers reeled of six straight points to take a 13-7 lead which would prove to be enough. It was late in the fourth game when Thomason notched her 13th dig of the evening to sit tied for first all-time.
Zhang distributed 44 assists and added nine kills in the victory. Thomason, Michelle Kauffman and Laura Black all reached double-digits in kills. Black and Thomason had double-doubles in kills and digs. Elizabeth Hurst had 30 digs in the match.
Penn looks to improve to 3-0 in the Ivy League when they host Dartmouth tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant.