ITHACA, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team wrapped up its season on Saturday night with a 3-2 (17-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-19, 15-9) win over Cornell at Newman Arena. The Quakers finish the year with a 13-13 overall record and a 7-7 mark in the Ivy League.
In the Quakers’ first five-setter since September 6, Penn answered back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to win the final set, 15-9. It is Penn’s second five-set win of the season.
Seniors Alex Caldwell (11) and Jasmine DeSilva (10) led the way offensively for the Quakers, totaling 21 kills between them. Classmates Alexis Genske and Ronnie Bither were also strong performers, with Genske chipping in 9 kills and Bither racking up 31 assists and 17 digs. Genske also added 13 digs, while Bither put forth five kills.
After dropping the first set, the Quakers jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the second frame. Penn kept its distance throughout the second, and after a pair of Cornell errors, the Quakers led 16-10. Cornell cut the lead to 17-13, but the Red and Blue closed the set on an 8-2 run.
Facing a 2-1 deficit, the Quakers once again leapt out to a lead in the fourth. Freshman Courtney Quinn recorded a kill to put Penn up 7-2. After Cornell came back and tied the score at nine, DeSilva put the Quakers ahead and they never looked back. Genske put in an ace to give the Red and Blue a 19-15 edge. Following back-to-back errors, DeSilva sealed the set with a kill.
Penn kept the momentum rolling in the fifth set, racing out to a 6-2 advantage. DeSilva registered back-to-back kills to put the Quakers up 12-4, and then again to give Penn a 14-6 lead. The match ended on a service error by Cornell.
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