PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team defeated Binghamton, 3-1, Saturday in the Sheraton-Penn Invitational. Penn downed the Bearcats 30-22, 23-30, 30-27 and 30-26. Four Quakers registered double digits in kills, whileLaura Black(16K, 18D) and Anna Shlimak (14K, 18D) both had double-doubles.
Game one saw Penn(2-5) get out to a comfortable lead thatitnever relinquished. The Quakers saw their lead shrink to three at 20-17, but reeled off six-consecutive points to put the game out of reach. Shlimak led Penn with six kills in the set.
Game two went back and forth, withnine tie scores and four lead changes. Up by three late in the game, the Bearcats (3-11)scored three straight points to take a 26-20 advantage en route to the game win.
The Quakers built a six-point lead midway through game three thanks to a service ace by Kira Campbell and back-to-back kills. After a Binghamton kill, Penn answered with another kill and a service ace by Elizabeth Hurst. Binghamton clawed back, decreasing the deficit to four and eventually pulling to within one, 28-27. After a kill by Black and a Bearcat attack error, the Red and Blue held a 2-1 lead.
After spotting Binghamton five points to start game four, the Quakers managed to tie the score at five; however,Penn only trailed three more times the rest of the game. Down, 9-8, the Red and Blue scored the next four points. The Bearcats tied the score three more times, but could never take the lead. With the game tied at 23-all, Penn reeled off three consecutive points to take a decisive 26-23 advantage. The Quakers then scored the final three points to nail down the victory.
Along with Black’s 16 kills, Kathryn Turner (15), Shlimak (14) and Elizabeth Semmens (10) reached double digits in kills. Campbell’s 60 assists set a career high and tied for fourth-best in a match at Penn.
The Sheraton-PennInvitational continues Sunday, with Penn taking on Quinnipiac at 12:30 p.m. and Fairleigh Dickinson at 5:30 p.m. In Saturday’s first match, Fairleigh Dickinson swept Quinnipiac, 3-0.
Binghamton vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 10 a.m.
Penn vs. Quinnipiac, 12:30 p.m.
Quinnipiac vs. Binghamton, 3 p.m.
Penn vs. Fairleigh Dickinson, 5:30 p.m.