PHILADELPHIA - On senior night, the Quakers took down rival Princeton 3-1 enroute to their 22nd victory on the season and 13th in the Ivy League.
Penn's six seniors carried them through the first two sets, winning 25-17 and 25-23. Princeton however wouldn't be swept, taking the third 25-16 before the Quakers finished off the Tigers with a 25-21 victory in the final set.
Senior Elizabeth Semmens had 17 kills and 15 digs in the victory to lead the Red and Blue. Junior libero Madison Wojciechowski had 21 digs in the win to bring her career total to 1,534, breaking the school record for digs in a career previously set by Cara Thomason. Wojciechowski also increased her single season record to 566.
Penn came out a little overanxious in the first set, losing the first four points.The Quakers scored four straight and the two teams traded points until a Princeton attack error put Penn up 11-9.
The Red and Blue steadily extended their lead, culminating in a 6-2 run which put the Quakers up 19-12. Princeton was unable to stop the bleeding and Penn went up 23-15 before closing out the set 25-17.
The momentum continued into the second set, going up 5-1. A run by the Tigers brought them back even at 8-8 and they took advantage of miscues by the Red and Blue to go up 17-12. Penn fought back, going on a 9-4 run of their own to even it up at 21 apiece. The two teams traded points before the Quakers took three of the final four, including a Semmens kill to end it 25-23.
In the third, early Penn miscues put Princeton up 10-4. A Julia Swanson kill, did little to slow the Tiger momentum as they continued to press the Quakers, finishing with a 25-16 win.
Determined not to let the fourth set slip away, Penn opened up a 6-2 advantage. Princeton didn't give up, slowly cutting the Red and Blue lead until they were tied at 14. A Tiger kill then gave Princeton a 15-14 lead, prompting a Penn timeout.
A Semmens strike out of the break made it 15-15 and the Quakers went on a 7-4 run to go up 22-19. The teams traded points until two kills from Ashley Hawkins ended the match, 25-21.
In addition to Semmens, Swanson had 14 kills and nine assists, while freshman Lauren Martin added ten in three sets of action. Junior setter Megan Tryon had 53 assists and 12 digs in the victory for her ninth double-double of the season.
Seniors Natalie Drucker and Anne Magnuson each added four kills, while Hawkins finished with seven.
Penn finishes the regular season 22-5 and the team's 13-1 conference record matches its best ever. The Quakers now await the announcement of the 64 team NCAA tournament field on Sunday, November 29.
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