Volleyball Defeats Dartmouth in Five Sets

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HANOVER, N.H. – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team rebounded from dropping sets three and four to notch a 3-2 victory (25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 23-25, 15-13) over Dartmouth on Saturday night at Leede Arena. A night after defeating Harvard, the Quakers completed the weekend sweep to improve their Ivy record to 5-5 this season.

Inside the Numbers
Sophomore Courtney Quinn was all over the court for the Quakers, racking up a match-best 16 kills to go along with a career-high 28 digs. She also had a pair of blocks and a service ace. Junior captain Sydney Morton was equally as active, picking up totals of six kills, 45 assists and 16 digs.

Junior Hayley Molnar went for nine kills and nine digs, while Caroline Furrer recorded eight put-aways and 11 digs. Taylor Cooper and Kendall Covington combined for 15 kills, while Michelle Pereira registered a team-high 37 digs and two service aces.

How it Happened
Dartmouth controlled things early on—but following a 19-15 deficit—a flip switched on for the Quakers. Back-to-back kills from Covington sparked a 10-4 run for Penn, which turned into a 25-23 first-set triumph. Quinn had a team-high four kills in the opening set, while Morton dished out 12 assists.

Penn’s strong play that ended the first set spilled into the second, as the Quakers stormed out to a 17-5 advantage. Dartmouth made things interesting, however, cutting the lead to 23-19 and then 24-22, but kills from Covington and Morton capped off a 25-22 victory.

Dartmouth stormed back in sets three and four. An 11-3 stretch in the fourth set provided a 22-12 lead for Dartmouth, which eventually turned into a 25-19 victory. Four kills from Danielle Glinka led the way for the home squad.

The Big Green continued their momentum into the fourth set, winning the first six points of the frame. The Quakers battled back to even the score at 12, and from there, the action would go down to the wire. Ties at 13 and 15 eventually turned into a 21-17 lead for Dartmouth, and ended with a 25-23 win for the Big Green.

Undeterred by dropping two sets in a row, the Quakers answered the bell in the fifth. A Furrer kill broke an 8-8 tie, while an ace from Pereira yielded a three-point lead at 11-8. Dartmouth once again evened the score at 13, but back-to-back Big Green errors provided Penn a 15-13 final-set triumph.

Up Next
The Quakers head back to New England next weekend for matchups against Brown (Friday) and Yale (Saturday).