PHILADELPHIA - Led by the 13 kills of freshman Emma White and a stifling defense that allowed a hitting percentage of just .104, Penn (5-7, 1-1 Ivy)picked up its first Ivy League win of the season, defeating Dartmouth 25-23, 25-17, 25-17 on Friday night inside The Palestra.
Entering the match with the Ivy's best overall record, the Big Green looked to take early command in the first set when they led 21-18. Following a Penn timeout, Amanda Pacheco earned the Quakers a side out and then scored three straight points on her serve, the first coming on a block from Elizabeth Horner and Susan Stuecheli, and the last coming off a kill from White, giving Penn a 22-21 edge. The teams traded points until the score was tied 23-23, but in a reversal of last week's Delaware match, it was Penn who nabbed the last two points of the set. Martin gave the Quakers a 24-23 lead and after Dartmouth had a dig attempt sail over the net, Kristen Etterbeek was there to quickly tap the ball back down for the win.
With a set in hand, Penn began its onslaught in the second stanza. White contributed two kills and a service ace to the cause early on, giving the Red and Blue a 5-1 lead and forcing an early timeout from Dartmouth. Although the Big Green closed to within 6-4, they would get no closer for the remainder of the set. With a 19-14 lead, the Quakers went on a five-point surge with Etterbeek supplying a kill and an ace, followed by three consecutive errors from the Dartmouth offense. One final attack error gave Penn a 2-0 lead as the teams headed back to their locker rooms.
The third set began withfour quick kills from Martin, who ended with six in the set and 10 in the match, giving the Quakers an8-3 advantage. The Big Green rallied to within three at 12-9, but back-to-back kills from Stuecheli and White re-established a five-point lead. Following Dartmouth's final timeout, Martin and Stuecheli combined for blocks on consecutive points as Penn put the final nail in thecoffin. Fittingly, White ended the match with the final two kills.
Dani Shepherd, who entered the matchsixth in the nation in digs, added 21 more to her total while Etterbeek chipped in with 13.Rotating frequently at the setter position, Hilary Ash (12 assists), Meghan Connolly (12)and Kristin Schoonover (11) each reached double-figures in that category, the first time that has beenaccomplished in the Kerry Carr era. Stuecheli matched a season-high with seven blocks, six assisted and one of the solo variety.
The Quakers return to the floor tomorrow evening versus Harvard. The match is set to begin at 5 p.m.
Download: Penn-Dartmouth Box Score.pdf