PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team completed the weekend sweep by knocking off the defending Ivy League champion, Harvard, in four sets (25-18, 19-25, 25-16, 25-21) on Saturday night in The Palestra. The Quakers continue their strong season at home, as they now stand at 6-2 in University City. They also improve to 2-1 in the Ivy League.
Inside the Numbers
The Quakers put together one of their best statistical matches of the year, recording a season-best .360 hitting percentage and 10 blocks. Freshman Caroline Furrer registered her third-straight double-double with 14 kills and 12 digs. Kendall Covington (12 kills) and Hayley Molnar (10 kills) joined Furrer in double figures, while Courtney Quinn recorded seven put-aways. Covington also added two solo blocks, while hitting a team-best .500.
Defensively, Emily Friedler and Michelle Pereira led the way with 14 digs apiece. Sydney Morton joined in with 11 digs, while also adding six kills and 45 assists. Taylor Cooper and Zoe Macartney registered solo blocks as well, as the Quakers out blocked the Crimson by a 10-3 margin.
How it Happened
It was the Covington Show in the first set, as she hit a red-hot .857 with six kills. Included in the barrage were three-straight put-aways to give Penn a 13-10 edge. The Quakers kept climbing from there, as a 6-0 run stretched the lead to 20-12. Covington struck again at 22-15, while a Molnar kill and a Harvard error sealed the set at 25-18.
Harvard enjoyed its best stretch of action in the second set, hitting a match-high .326 with 19 kills. The Crimson found separation after a quick 4-1 run yielded a 19-15 advantage. Corinne Bain took over from there, as she knocked three of her match-best 21 kills in the final moments of a 25-19 win.
The Red and Blue showed off their season-long resilience in the third frame. The Quakers shook off the aforementioned defeat to compile their most dominant set of the match. Penn seized separation with a 7-1 run, which turned a 9-9 tie into a 14-10 lead. The edge would balloon all the way to 22-14 before the Quakers eventually closed it out at 25-16. Furrer was the star of the set, recording five kills on just 10 attempts.
Facing the 2-1 deficit, Harvard came out firing in the fourth. The Crimson jumped out to leads of 8-4 and 12-9. Undeterred by the Crimson runs, Penn inched back to even the set at 13 apiece. Following five more ties, the Red and Blue eventually snagged a 22-20 lead thanks to a kill from Furrer. Covington followed with a kill at 23-21, while Quinn put the finishing touches at 25-21.
The Quakers hit the road for the first time in Ivy play next weekend, as they travel to take on Columbia and Cornell.