PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers needed five sets but took down Dartmouth, 21-25, 25-16, 25-14, 22-25 and 15-8 on friday night at the Palestra, behind a strong defense and a season-high 19 kills from sophomore Lauren Martin.
Martin hit .410 to go with her 19 kills and led an offensive attack which hit .257 as the Red and Blue improved to 3-1 in the Ivy League and 7-9 overall. The loss drops Dartmouth to 12-4 overall and 3-2 in the Ancient Eight.
The victory on Friday was also the 204th at Penn for head coach Kerry Carr, setting a new program record. She passes former coach Joe Sagula, who led the Quakers from 1981-1989. Carr also has coached Penn to four of its nine Ivy League Championships.
Defensively Penn shined, totaling 92 digs, including 85 through the match's first four sets, while holding the Big Green a.135 hitting percentage and forcing them into 30 attack errors. The Quakers also recorded ten total blocks, including seven from freshman Susan Stuecheli.
Senior Madison Wojciechowski totaled a team-high 25 digs and was one of five players to reach double figures. Freshman Dani Shepherd contributed a career-high 16 digs, as did senior Julia Swanson, while junior Logan Johnson had 15 and senior Megan Tryon added 11. Tryon also matched a career high with six kills and recorded 53 assists.
The Quakers couldn't find a rhythm in the first set, as they got down early and never fully recovered, losing it 25-21. In the second, Penn opened up a 15-11 lead midway through the set. Dartmouth got back within three at 17-14, but the Red and Blue finished off the set on an 8-2 run.
Down 6-8 in the third, Penn scored six straight to take a 12-8 lead. A Dartmouth kill momentarily stopped the run for the Big Green, but a 7-2 run pushed the lead out to eight at 19-11. The team traded points as the Red and Blue won it 25-14.
The Quakers seemed to be on the way to victory in the fourth, up 15-11. However, a 7-2 run by Dartmouth put the team in front as they held on for the 25-22 victory.
Penn responded with force in the fifth and final set, reeling off six of the set's first eight points, prompting a Big Green timeout. A Dartmouth point after the break cut the lead to three, however four straight by the Quakers made it 10-3. The two teams traded points the rest of the way as Penn finished with the 15-8 victory.
Swanson joined Martin in double figures with 15 kills, while Pacheco hit .407 and added 13. Stuecheli also contributed nine kills while hitting .350.
The Red and Blue return to action on Saturday at 5 p.m. when they host Harvard, who is 2-3 in league play and 5-12 overall.