PHILADELPHIA – Despite a career-high 21 kills from freshman Caroline Furrer, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team fell in five sets to Cornell on Saturday night inside The Palestra. The Quakers wrap up their season with an overall record of 10-16, including a 5-9 mark in the Ivy League.
Inside the Numbers
In addition to the career night offensively, Furrer also added 12 digs to record her 11th double-double of the season. Courtney Quinn joined Furrer in stuffing the stat sheet, racking up nine kills, 22 digs and three aces. Hayley Molnar and Kendall Covington supplemented the Penn attack, totaling 15 kills between the two of them.
Taylor Cooper and Sydney Morton each recorded four put-aways to round out the Quakers’ offense. Morton also tallied 43 assists and nine digs. Michelle Pereira piled up 19 digs and three service aces.
How it Happened
Penn 25, Cornell 22
The Big Red led for much of the beginning of the first frame, but the Quakers hung tough. A kill from Macey Wilson lifted Cornell to an early 7-3 lead. Penn quickly answered back with a 7-3 stretch of their own to tie the score at 10-10. It was a back and forth battle from there, with Penn holding a slight edge throughout. Put-aways from Furrer provided leads of 17-14, 19-18 and 21-18. Quinn hammered a kill to give Penn a set point, while Morton closed out the frame with a service ace at 25-22.
Cornell 25, Penn 21
Cornell rebounded nicely in the second set, utilizing a late run to even the match up. Following 10 ties, the Big Red rattled off a closing 7-3 run to turn an 18-18 knot into a 25-21 triumph. Cornell recorded a trio of service aces, while Emily Wemhoff tallied a team-best three kills. Kiley McPeek, who recorded 25 digs in the match, had nine the second set alone.
Cornell 25, Penn 19
Furrer put together her best effort in the third set—recording seven kills—but it wasn’t enough to stall the Big Red. Back-to-back kills from Maddy Sroufe and Kit McCarty created a 10-7 lead, while a put-away from Macey Wilson put Cornell up 16-12. Sroufe added to the lead at 22-16 and Wemhoff sealed the set at 25-19. Furrer’s seven put-aways came with just two errors and a match-high .359 hitting percentage.
Penn 25, Cornell 14
Facing a 2-1 deficit, the Quakers answered back in a big way in the fourth set. Fueled by four service aces and six block assists, Penn easily evened the match at 2-2. Consecutive errors from Cornell provided a 10-4 lead, while back-to-back kills from Cooper and Molnar lifted the Quakers up 14-6. A kill from Morton supplied the largest lead of the game at 24-12, while a final attack error sent the match to a fifth and final set.
Cornell 15, Cornell
The drama continued into the fifth set, as both teams exchanged momentum throughout the deciding frame. Penn snagged the first two-point lead at 6-4, and then again at 8-6 and 10-8. It shifted from there, as Cornell put together a 4-0 run to take a 12-10 lead and then 13-11. Kills from Carla Sganderlla and Wilson finished the match at 15-12.