Volleyball Beats Yale 3-2

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NEW HAVEN, Conn.- The Penn women's volleyball team won its third consecutive Ivy match, taking down defending conference champion Yale on Saturday afternoon in a thrilling five-set victory.

Head coach Kerry Carr was impressed with her team's play; "They were a good team and we matched them kill for kill, but it was our defense and passing that got us the win."

The aforementioned Quaker defense had a season-high 96 digs as five different players hit double-digits while the team also had 11 total blocks. Junior libero Madison Wojciechowski led the Red and Blue with 31 digs, while junior Julia Swanson was second on the team with 17. Senior Mary Russell and junior Megan Tryon each had 13 digs, while Elizabeth Semmens added 12.

In the first set, Penn played even with the Bulldogs before grabbing a 10-6 lead. The Quakers maintained the lead throughout the set, though Yale did get within two at 23-21 and one at 24-23. A Bulldog service error gave Penn the first set win.

Yale responded in the second set with a 4-1 lead and pushed it to 7-3 before Carr called a timeout. Following the timeout, the teams traded points before consecutive kills by Penn narrowed the lead to 9-7.

The Quakers were unable to get any closer than two, until a 3-0 run brought the Red and Blue with one at 15-14, prompting a Bulldog timeout. Yale scored two consecutive points out of the break, part of a 7-2 run to give Yale a 22-16 lead. A kill by freshman Lauren Martin ended the run, but Bulldogs still won the set 25-19.

In the third, Martin gave the Quakers an early 3-2 lead. Yale came back, but four straight points by the Red and Blue provided a 9-5 edge. Penn maintained the lead, even stretching it to eight at 20-12. The Bulldogs came back with an 8-1 run to trail by one at 21-20, however, a Semmens kill pushed the lead back to two and Penn won it 25-21.

The fourth set was a marathon, as neither team could take a lead greater than three. Yale held the advantage most of the set, though the Penn evened it up on consecutive points at 21, 22, 23, 24. The Quakers took the 25-24 lead on a Ashley Hawkins kills, but Yale took the final three points for the 27-25 win.

In the final set, the two teams once again traded points early before an Anne Magnuson kill gave Penn the 9-7 lead. The Bulldogs came back to tie it up at ten and then again at 11. A kill by Semmens pushed the Quakers to a 12-11 advantage however Yale evened it up at 12. Swanson gave Penn the lead again with her 17th kill and a Bulldog kill put the Red and Blue on the verge of victory. Tryon ended it with a kill for the 15-13 win.

In addition to her 17 digs, Swanson had 17 kills and five block assists. Tryon also added six kills and a 60 assists to go with her 13 digs. Martin led the Quakers with 21 kills.

Penn improved to 3-0 in the Ivy League with the win, and 12-4 overall, the team's best start since 2003. The Quakers are the only remaing undefeated team in the Ivy League, with previous unbeatens Yale and Dartmouth losing on Saturday. The Red and Blue return to action next weekend when they take on Dartmouth and Harvard.

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