NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In the final road matchup of 2016, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team was swept by Yale (25-14, 26-24, 25-20) on Saturday night in New Haven. The Quakers move to 5-7 in the Ivy League this season, while the second-place Bulldogs improve to 10-2.
Inside the Numbers
For the second consecutive night, Caroline Furrer led the Penn offense. The freshman hitter recorded a team-high 10 kills to go along with five digs. Hayley Molnar matched Furrer’s point total, as she picked up eight put-aways and three blocks. Kendall Covington also had eight kills, while Courtney Quinn and Sydney Morton each registered four of their own. Morton added 29 assists, while Emmy Friedler pitched in a team-best 11 digs.
Yale hit .320 for the match, with Kelley Wirth leading the way with a match-high 14 kills. Kelsey Crawford orchestrated the Bulldogs’ offense, dishing out 41 assists.
How it Happened
Following a decisive first-set win for the Bulldogs, the Quakers kept it close throughout. Penn held leads of 21-20 and 22-21 in the second frame, but couldn’t hold on. Tied at 24-24, a service error followed by a service ace doomed the Quakers in the second set.
A 12-6 run in the third set served as the difference maker for Yale, as a 6-6 tied turned into an 18-12 lead. Claire Feeley capped off that stretch, while a kill from Wirth and a Penn error closed the final frame at 25-20.
The Quakers close out 2016 with home matches against Cornell and Columbia next weekend inside The Palestra.