NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team had hopes of ending the 2014 season on a high note. However, it was Yale that emerged from the regular-season finale with a 3-0 victory Saturday night at the John J. Lee Amphitheater. Game scores were 25-17, 25-20, and 25-15 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Junior Alex Caldwell produced her seventh double-double of the season with 13 assists and 13 digs, along with seven kills. Senior Kendall Turner contributed six killsof her own and recorded the lone solo block of the evening for the Red and Blue; she finished the regular season fourth in the Ivy League in blocks per set (1.00).
Freshman Emmy Friedler led a strong defensive effort by the Quakers with 19 digs. That gave her a total of 418 this season, good for fourth in the League. Friedler also finished third in the League’s top five in digs per set (4.75).
The Bulldogs got out to an 8-3 lead in the first set after three straight kills and back-to-back kills from Mollie Rogers. A kill from Caldwell gave the Quakers some momentum as Turner recorded a service ace and freshmen Kendall Covington and Hayley Molnar stopped an attack from Kelsey Crawford for the block. Another error by Yale brought the Red and Blue within one at 8-7. Penn came close to evening the score on four different occasions after that, butYale managed to maintain its lead all the wayen route to takingthe set, 25-17.
Penn raced out quickly in the second set, jumping out to an 8-1 advantage. It was still 12-5 when Yale put together a six-point run to get within a point. Penn broke the streak to make it 13-11, but Yale responded with four more points to take a 15-13 lead. The Quakers answered and took one final lead at 17-16, but the Bulldogs scored the next five points and rode that momentum to a 25-20 victory.
Just as the Red and Blue jumped out to a 4-0 lead in set two, Yale did the same in set three and forced Penn to use a timeout after going ahead, 11-5. Out of the break, senior captain Trina Ohms recorded a kill, but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs kicked it into high gear to win the set, 25-15.
With the loss to Yale, the Quakers have concluded their 2014 season with a record of 8-17 overall, 5-9 in Ivy League play.
Download: Penn vs. Yale Boxscore2.pdf