CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team completed a season sweep of Harvard on Friday night by tallying a 3-0 win (25-21, 25-23, 25-22) over the Crimson in Cambridge. With the triumph, the Quakers improve to 4-5 in the Ivy League this season.
Inside the Numbers
Sophomore Courtney Quinn led the way for the Quakers, tallying 13 kills and 11 digs. Hayley Molnar and Kendall Covington followed suit with eight kills apiece, while Caroline Furrer tacked on four put-aways and 10 digs. Sydney Morton also had four kills, to go along with 32 assists. Michelle Pereira picked up nine digs, while Taylor Cooper registered three kills. As a team, the Quakers registered a season-high 14 aces.
How it Happened
In a trio of closely-played sets, the Quakers were able to close strong in each frame and play the important points as well as they have all season. Penn earned its first big lead after a 4-1 run yielded a 16-13 edge in the opening set. The Crimson cut the lead to 17-16, but the Quakers closed out on an 8-6 stretch to walk away with a 25-22 first-set triumph. A pair of kills from Quinn and a final put-away from Cooper capped off the game for Penn.
The Quakers and Crimson continued to go back and forth in the beginning of the second set. Nine ties were ultimately capped off at 18-18. From there, it was all Penn. A pair of Molnar kills were vital in the run, providing leads of 19-18 and 24-21. Morton put the finishing touches on the game with a kill at 25-23.
The Quakers had to put their comeback shoes on in the third set, as Harvard jumped out to leads of 5-1 and 9-4. It wasn’t until Penn was down 14-11, that the Red and Blue ultimately nabbed the final momentum. A 5-0 run for the Quakers cleared the way for a 16-14 lead, while a Quinn service ace earned a 19-16 advantage. Harvard inched back to 21-20, but Penn ran to the finish line with a 5-2 run—finished off by a Furrer kill at 25-22.
The Quakers continue North in their road trip for a matchup against Dartmouth tomorrow night in Hanover. The Quakers and Big Green are set for a 5 p.m. first serve.
Notes: Prior to this season, the Quakers hadn't defeated Harvard twice in the same season since 2010.