PHILADELPHIA – After a tight second-set loss, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team came up short, falling in three-straight sets in the first Dig Pink! match of the weekend to Yale in The Palestra Friday night, (25-16, 27-25, 25-17). The Quakers drop to 1-3 in Ivy play while the Bulldogs improve to 3-1. Freshman Emmy Friedler led the Red and Blue defense, posting a season-high 24 digs.
After Penn won the first point of the match on an attack error by Yale’s Mollie Rogers, the Bulldogs picked things up and recorded three points in a row. The early lead turned out to be all they needed as the Quakers were unable to catch up, dropping the first set 25-16.
As one sided as the first set was, the second set was the complete opposite. The Red and Blue and the Bulldogs found themselves tied on 15 separate occasions, bringing about five lead changes. Junior captain Alexis Genske started the back-and-forth battle with her first kill of the match. It wasn’t until another kill by Genske and an attack error by Yale when Penn held the largest lead of the set, 20-17, forcing the Bulldogs to burn their second timeout. However, an attack error by Genske and two kills from Yale led to a nullified score, forcing the Quakers to call their first timeout. The Red and Blue won four of the next six points, giving junior Alex Caldwell – who recorded two service aces earlier in the set -- the chance to serve the match winning point at 24-23. The Bulldogs weren’t ready to give up, recording three straight kills for a 25-24 advantage. A kill by senior Kendall Turner kept Penn’s spirits alive, but Yale put down the fifth kill in-a-row and won the battle after an error by the Quakers.
The Red and Blue’s endurance seemed to falter as they stepped onto the court for the third set. Similar to the first, the Bulldogs took a steady lead for a 25-17 set win and the match victory.
Penn returns to The Palestra tomorrow for its second Dig Pink! match of the weekend against Brown at 5p.m.
Download: Penn vs. Yale Boxscore.pdf