PHILADELPHIA Saturday night’s Ivy League opener between Penn (4-7, 0-1) and Princeton (10-0, 1-0) surely did not lack any excitement. Althoughthe Quakersultimately lost, 3-1, they gave the Tigers all they could handle. The Quakers won a thrilling game one, 32-30, but dropped the last three 30-16, 30-17 and 31-29.
Despite an 8-0 Princeton run that put the Tigersup 20-11 in Game 1, the Red and Blue hung tough, making small runs of their own and limiting Princeton’s runs. Penn eventually took the lead back, 25-24, thanks to a 4-0 run. The game went back-and-forth, until Penn committed two attack errors. After an Anna Shlimak kill, Princeton’s Parker Henritze delivered a kill to put the Tigers ahead 29-27. Serving game point, Princeton committed an attack error. On the very next point, the Tigers committed another attack error to allow Penn to tie the score at 29. The teams exchanged the next two points, butwith the score tied 30-30 the Tigers had two straight attack errors (10 total in the game) to give the Quakers the game.
Princeton ledPenn in the next two games and never allowedthe Quakersto even tie the score. However, with their backs against the wall, the Red and Blue returned to form in Game4 -- whichwas almost a carbon copy of Game 1. Princeton committed 11 attack errors, while the Quakers --who dominated the net all night --combined for nine blocks. The final set also saw eight tie scores.
Trailing, 17-11, Penn took advantage of Princeton miscues to reel off six consecutive points and tied the score at 17-17. The Tigers went up by fourtwo timeslate in the match, but once again the Quakers showed their resiliency. Elizabeth Semmens, Shlimak and Kathryn Turner connected on consecutive kills. That was followed by a Princeton attack error that tied the score at 26-all.
The Tigers scored three of the next four points and went up, 29-27, but Penn had one more comeback in them. A Shlimak kill pulledthe Quakers within one,and another Princeton attack error tied the score.However, aPenn service error and a kill by Princeton’s Jessica Hoffman clinched the match for the Tigers.
Penn combined for 27 blocks on the night. Turner and Laura Black both had a team-high seven block assists, and Stephanie Gwin had six. Black led the offensive attack with 14 kills, while Elizabeth Hurst compiled 22 digs.
The Quakers close out their homestand Tuesday night when they host La Salle at 7 p.m. at The Palestra.