Volleyball Downs Dartmouth in Thriller, 3-2

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PHILADELPHIA – Six days after going the distance and falling to Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team flipped the script on Friday night with a thrilling 3-2 triumph (18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-13, 15-11) over Dartmouth at the Palestra. The Quakers move to 1-1 in the Ivy League this season and 5-2 at home.

Inside the Numbers
It was a bevy of outstanding performances that led the Quakers to their 20th straight win over the Big Green. Sophomore Courtney Quinn paved the way with a season-high 16 kills, while also notching her sixth double-double of the year with 13 digs. Caroline Furrer and Hayley Molnar followed suit in double figures, each recording 13 put-aways. The efficiency was also there for the Red and Blue, as all three hit over .200—including a match-best .325 from Quinn.

Furrer and Sydney Morton joined Quinn with double-doubles for the second-straight match. Furrer added to her offensive numbers with 15 digs, while Morton registered 38 assists and 12 digs. Michelle Pereira led the squad with 21 digs, while Kendall Covington added nine kills and a pair of solo blocks.

As a team, the Quakers hit .244 compared to Dartmouth’s .147. They also out blocked the Big Green by a 7-6 margin.

How it Happened
For the second-straight week, the Quakers found themselves in a 2-1 hole against an Ivy foe inside of The Palestra. This time, however, instead of just forcing a fifth set (which they did against Princeton) the Red and Blue finished the deal. Penn notched a dominant 25-13 effort in the fourth, and a 15-11 victory in the fifth.

Following a 25-18 first-set loss, the Quakers rebounded nicely in the second. Led by five kills from Furrer and an 11-2 run, the Quakers answered a 13-9 deficit with a 20-15 lead. Molnar would then give Penn a 22-18 advantage, while Furrer closed the door at 25-20.

Dartmouth answered in the third game, jumping out to the early 12-6 edge. Back-to-back kills from Sara Lindquist capped off the Big Green run. Penn climbed back from there, as consecutive put-aways from Covington tied the set at 17-17. Dartmouth closed strong, finishing the set on an 8-5 run for a 25-22 win.

The Red and Blue were dominant in the fourth, using a debilitating 13-2 mid-set run to completely seize momentum. Thanks in large part to three kills each from Quinn and Furrer, Penn extended an 11-10 edge to 24-12 in the blink of an eye. Consecutive kills from Molnar, Quinn and Taylor Cooper capped off the stretch, while Molnar finished off set-point at 25-13.

It was all drama in the final set, as the Quakers and Big Green each exchanged 5-1 runs to begin the frame, eventually ending with a 6-6 tie. The score would then even up at 7, 8, 9, and 10 before Penn was finally able to finally close it out. A Morton kill provided an 11-10 edge, while consecutive attack errors gave Penn a 13-10 lead. A pair of Molnar kills sent the Big Green home, 15-11. 

Up Next
The Quakers are back in action tomorrow evening, as they host Harvard in The Palestra at 5 p.m. In addition to being Youth Night, the match will also be streamed live on ESPN3.

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