PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team forced a fifth set on Saturday night, but was unable to close the deal in a 3-2 (21-25, 25-11, 25-15, 22-25, 15-5) defeat to Princeton at The Palestra. Penn falls to 5-8 overall and 0-1 in the Ivy League.
Inside the Numbers
The Quakers showed off the balance with four players reaching double-digit kill totals. Freshman Caroline Furrer led the way with 13 kills, to go along with 19 digs. Courtney Quinn and Sydney Morton joined in with double-doubles of their own. Quinn racked up 10 kills and 13 digs, while Morton tallied 41 assists and 10 digs.
Hayley Molnar and Kendall Covington also put together solid offensive outings, each piling up 11 kills. Molnar and Morton recorded the highest hitting percentages at .286 apiece.
How it Happened
The Quakers jumped all over Princeton in the opening set, snagging an early 9-3 lead. Furrer sparked the run with a pair of kills, while a put-away from Morton capped off the six-point edge. The Tigers climbed back from there, as the opening game turned into a back-and-forth battle. Princeton’s first tie of the night came at 12-12, and then again at 15-15. Penn sneaked away from there, with back-to-back kills from Molnar providing a 21-19 edge. Kendall Covington got into the action at 23-20, while Quinn sealed the set at 25-21.
The second set provided a much different story, as Princeton cruised out to their own 9-3 lead. The Tigers continued the momentum with leads of 13-5 and 20-10, before eventually evening the match with a 25-11 set win.
Princeton continued its momentum into the third set, overcoming an early deficit to cruise to a 25-15 triumph. Penn led 4-1 and 8-5, but were unable to keep the Tigers at bay. A 6-0 run gave Princeton a 19-13 lead, while a 6-2 run shut the door on the Red and Blue.
The Quakers battled back in the fourth set. Following a back and forth beginning to the frame, Penn was able to create some distance at 11-8 and then 14-10. Following ties at 17, 18, and 19—the Quakers closed the set strong. Morton gave the Quakers their final lead at 21-20, while Furrer put the finishing touches at 23-21 and then 25-22. Furrer had five kills in the frame, while Penn hit .400 as a team.
Princeton answered in the fifth, storming out to a 10-3 lead in the deciding set. Brittany Ptak, Devon Peterkin and Cara Mattaliano combined for 10 kills, as the Tigers ran away with a 15-5 victory.
The Quakers are back at home next weekend, hosting Dartmouth on Friday night and Harvard on Saturday night.