PRINCETON, N.J. – In a rematch of a tight five-setter earlier this season, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team traveled to a red-hot Princeton squad on Friday night. Unlike the previous battle, however, the Quakers were unable to match the Tigers in a 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-17) defeat at Dillon Gym. The Quakers move to 3-5 in the Ivy League, while first-place Princeton improves to 8-0.
Inside the Numbers
Sophomore Courtney Quinn led the offense for Penn, tallying team-highs in both kills (nine) and hitting percentage (.296). Freshman Caroline Furrer followed with five put-aways, while the Quakers had eight players with at least one kill. Rounding out the team-highs were Sydney Morton with 18 assists and Michelle Pereira with 13 digs. Princeton was led by 14 kills from Cara Mattaliano.
How it Happened
It was a back and forth beginning to the first set, culminating in a 13-13 tie. From there, Princeton seized momentum. A quick 5-0 spurt from the Tigers provided an 18-13 lead, and forced a Penn timeout. Things didn’t get much better following the huddle, as Princeton finished the set on a 12-5 run and took the game by a score of 25-18.
The Tigers continued their strong play into the second frame. A 10-1 stretch from Princeton yielded a 17-8 edge, while the Tigers grabbed their largest advantage at 21-11. The set would end at 25-16. Quinn notched three more kills in the second set, while Furrer added a pair.
It was a 6-0 run that separated things in the final set, as Princeton turned a 5-5 tie into a 17-10 lead. A pair of kills by Devon Peterkin capped off the stretch for the Tigers, as Penn was unable to match Princeton’s efficient offense. The Tigers closed out the third and final game at 25-17.
The Quakers head up to New England next weekend for matchups against Harvard (Friday) and Dartmouth (Saturday). Penn split this road trip last season.