Volleyball Falters in Four Sets to Columbia

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team won the first set on Friday night but was unable to sustain the momentum in a 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-18) loss to Columbia in The Palestra. The Quakers move to 5-8 in the Ivy League this season, while Columbia improves to 9-4.

Inside the Numbers
Courtney Quinn and Kendall Covington piloted the Penn offense, combining for 21 kills with just five errors. Quinn also tallied 19 digs for her 11th double-double of the season. Hayley Molnar followed with eight kills, while Caroline Furrer and Sydney Morton each had seven put-aways. Morton also pitched in 35 assists and nine digs.

Defensively, Michelle Pereira picked up a team-high 24 digs, while Emmy Friedler and Furrer each registered 12. Cooper recorded a team-best four block assists.

How it Happened
Penn 25, Columbia 23
17 ties highlighted a tight, action-packed first set. The Quakers and Lions essentially traded points until a mini 3-0 run yielded Columbia a 21-18 advantage. Following a well-used timeout, the Red and Blue quickly answered with a 3-0 stretch of their own to even the score at 21-21. After another pair of ties at 22 and 23, a kill from Furrer created set point for the Quakers. The game ended in Penn’s favor following a Columbia attack error. Penn shared the wealth in the first, as six Quakers recorded at least two kills.

Columbia 25, Penn 22
It was another back and forth second frame, as Penn and Columbia traded blows throughout. A put-away from Covington knotted the tally at 10, while a kill from Morton provided the Quakers a 16-15 advantage. The Lions seized the lead, 18-17, after a kill from Natasha Kosowicz. That would be the final lead change of the set, as Columbia went up 19-17 and 22-20. With the match tied at 22-22, a service error and a pair of attack errors by Penn gave the set to Columbia, 25-22.

Columbia 25, Penn 19
Columbia’s momentum continued into the third set, as the Lions jumped out to a quick 8-3 lead. The Lions kept their lead to three-to-four points for much of the set. Lauren Wilkins was the star, as she led all players with seven kills in the third alone. Put-aways from Wilkins provided leads of 16-13 and 23-18. A service ace from Kalie Wood followed by a kill from Chichi Ikwuazom ended the frame for the visitors at 25-19.

Columbia 25, Penn 18
The fourth set began slightly closer than the third, but nn 8-1 run—sparked by three kills from Kosowicz—provided the Lions with a 20-13 edge. Consecutive kills from Molnar cut the Columbia lead to 22-16, but a pair of errors from Penn lifted the Lions to a fourth-set triumph.

Up Next
The Quakers will close out their season tomorrow with a matchup against Cornell inside The Palestra at 5 p.m.

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