NEWARK, Del. – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team returned to its winning ways on Tuesday night, knocking off Delaware, 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 27-25), at the Bob Carpenter Center. It is the Quakers’ first road win of the season, as they improve to 5-3 over their last eight matches.
Inside the Numbers
It was a career night for Sydney Morton that led the way for the Quakers. The junior captain nearly recorded a triple-double, racking up a career-high 9 kills, a career-best 48 assists, and 10 digs. She orchestrated a Penn offense that hit .237 and registered season-bests in kills (62) and assists (57).
Other top performers for Penn included double-digit kill efforts from Courtney Quinn, Caroline Furrer, Hayley Molnar and Kendall Covington. Quinn recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 14 kills and a career-high 23 digs. Furrer followed with 13 kills, while Covington and Molnar each added 10.
Michelle Pereira tied Quinn with a team-best 23 digs, while
Aimee Stephenson picked up a career-high 15. Covington had a squad-high
How it Happened
It was an early timeout for Penn that turned the tide in the opening set. Down 7-4, Coach Carr elected to talk things over—and in turn—sparked a 14-6 run that seized momentum for the Quakers. Molnar and Cooper combined for seven kills, as Penn grabbed an 18-13 edge. Quinn and Furrer chipped in from there, registering back-to-back put-aways for a 23-17 lead. Molnar capped off the triumph at 25-20.
The Quakers continued their first-set momentum by jumping
out to a 9-4 edge in the second. Consecutive kills from Morton, Molnar and
Furrer forced a Delaware timeout. Penn held that five-point edge for much of
the frame, eventually extending it to 19-13. The Blue Hens would make a run,
however, cutting the lead to 21-19. Penn responded with a 4-1 spurt—sparked by
an ace from Emmy Friedler —to end the game and clinch a two-set lead.
An early 6-0 run from the Blue Hens set the tone in the third set, as they turned a 6-4 deficit into a 10-6 lead. They continued that lead until Penn finally battled back to tie the score at 17-17. The Quakers eventually grabbed leads of 22-20 and 23-21, but were unable to close the door. Delaware closed the set on a 4-1 run to take the game, 25-23.
Delaware jumped out to an 8-2 advantage in the fourth set, leaving Penn to scramble for almost the entirety of the game. The Blue Hens held leads of 11-6, 16-13 and 20-15. The Quakers scratched and clawed their way throughout, eventually fighting off three set points to tie the score at 24-24. Penn staved off yet another match point at 25-25, before a kill from Quinn and an error from Delaware gave Penn the thrilling triumph.
The Quakers begin Ivy League play on Saturday night when they host rival Princeton at The Palestra (7 p.m.). Penn and Princeton have opened conference play against each other for the past 15 seasons.