Volleyball Forces a Fifth Set But Falls to Cornell in Ithaca

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ITHACA, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team moved to 2-2 in the Ivy League on Friday night, falling in five sets (17-25, 25-23, 25-21, 17-25, 15-9) on the road at Cornell. The Quakers fall to 7-9 overall this season, while the Big Red earn their first Ivy triumph of the year. 

Inside the Numbers
Courtney Quinn was the star for the Quakers, recording a career-high 22 kills to go along with 19 digs. The sophomore hitter was on fire from the start, racking up six put-aways in the opening set, en route to hitting .333 for the night.

After Quinn, it was a contingent of Quakers that picked up the offensive slack. Caroline Furrer and Taylor Cooper each added nine kills, while Hayley Molnar and Kendall Covington followed with eight and seven respectively. Cooper hit a team-best .562, while Furrer picked up 11 digs.

Sydney Morton recorded her fifth-consecutive double-double with 45 assists and 12 digs. Michelle Pereira led the Quakers in the digs’ department, racking up 20. She also added seven assists. As a team, the Red and Blue hit .223 and had six service aces.

How it Happened
The Quakers jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks in large part to the aforementioned effort from Quinn. She sparked a 7-0 run that turned a five-point lead into a set-point opportunity at 24-12. The Quakers finally settled for an opening game triumph of 25-17. Molnar and Covington combined for four kills in the first frame.

Penn dropped the second set by a slim 25-23 margin. In a set filled with 10 ties and eight lead changes, the Big Red closed the game on a 3-0 run. Kills by Carla Sganderlla, Jada Stackhouse and Kit McCarty capped off the triumph for Cornell.

The Quakers led for the majority of the third set, but couldn’t close the deal. Penn’s largest advantage came at 18-11, following a Morton kill and back-to-back Cornell errors. The Big Red answered with a 6-1 spurt to cut the lead to one at 19-18. Cornell snagged its first lead at 22-21, and closed out the set on a 5-1 run to take a 25-21 victory.

As they have done in their last two five setters, the Quakers answered the bell in the fourth. Penn jumped out to leads of 5-2 and 14-9, en route to its largest advantage of 19-12. Morton, Covington and Cooper all recorded kills in the final moments, as the Red and Blue finished off the fourth set, 25-17.

Cornell rebounded in the fifth set, storming out to a 6-1 lead. The Quakers climbed back to within one at 9-8, but that was as close as the margin would get. The Big Red finished the game on a 6-1 spurt to nab the final set by a score of 15-9.

Up Next
The Quakers will have a short turnaround, as they take on Columbia in New York City on Saturday at 5 p.m.

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