PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-16) decision to Yale on Friday night in The Palestra. It is just the third home loss for the Quakers this season, as Penn moves its Ivy record to 2-4 on the year. Yale improves to 12-3 overall and 5-1 in the Ancient Eight.
Inside the Numbers
The Quakers shared the load offensively, with five players notching at least five kills. Juniors Kendall Covington and Hayley Molnar led the way with eight kills apiece, while sophomore Taylor Cooper picked up six. Freshman Ariana Wiltjer and sophomore Courtney Quinn each came up with five put-aways.
Junior libero Michelle Pereira recorded a team-best 23 digs, while Sydney Morton narrowly missed out on a double-double with 20 assists and nine digs.
The Bulldogs were led by the duo of Kelley Wirth and Brittani Steinberg, which combined for 18 kills, 19 digs and six blocks. Franny Arnatou dished out a match-high 32 assists, to go along with 12 digs. Yale hit .237 as a team with 10 blocks
How it Happened
Yale used a timeout trailing 18-15 that seemingly switched the momentum of the opening set, and potentially the match. The Bulldogs talked things over, and ended the first frame on a 10-1 run—winning it by a score of 25-19.
The visitor’s strong play continued in the second set, as they jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Penn rebounded from the early deficit to keep the score tight for much of the game. The Bulldogs regained control through an 8-3 run that provided a 20-15 lead, and eventually turned into a triumph of 25-18.
It was a back-and-forth beginning to the third set that saw nine ties, culminating at 10-10. From there, it was all Yale. The Bulldogs went on back-to-back 6-2 runs, eventually ending with a 22-14 lead. Quakers scored two points in a row, but finally fell by a margin of 25-16.
Friday night signified the beginning of Dig Pink Breast Cancer Research and Awareness Weekend at The Palestra. The Quakers will be back in action tomorrow night against Brown at 6 p.m. Fans are encouraged to donate to the cause by clicking HERE.