Cornell 3, Penn 1
ITHACA, N.Y.- In a match that featured close sets in the first three frames, Cornell pulled away in the fourth set, 25-16, to defeat Penn, 3-1 (25-22, 26-24, 21-25, 25-16).
Anne Magnuson was the most consistent offensive player for the Red and Blue in the match, converting 12 kills while committing only one error on 33 attempts. Julia Swanson led all players with 15 kills.
Penn led throughout most of the first set, leading by as much as five at two different points in the set. When the Quakers led 18-13, Cornell scored the next five points to tie the match. Two Magnuson kills gave Penn back the lead, but the Big Red took ran off another five points in a row to take a 23-20 lead which was never relinquished.
The second set was as back and forth as the final score indicates, with neither team able to pull away by more than three points in the set. Penn held a 23-21 lead late in the set, but Cornell rallied with three straight scores for the late lead. Swanson came through with a kill for Penn to tie the set at 24-24. An attack error from the Quakers forced set point and an ace from Alessa Cekauskas clinched the set and put Cornell ahead 2-0.
Trailing 3-0 early in the third set, Penn rallied back to take the lead on the heels of a 15-4 run which gave Penn a 15-7 lead. Included in that run was a 7-0 stretch. The Quakers went on to win the set, 25-21.
Cornell controlled most of the fourth set, recovering from a quick 2-0 deficit to win by nine, 25-16.
Penn is back on the court Saturday, taking on Columbia at 4 p.m. in New York City.