ALBANY, N.Y. The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team was back in action for the third time in two days in the final match of the UAlbany Classic today. The Quakers beat Iona 3-1 in a hard fought contest. Penn took game one 33-31, a game in which the Quakers lead the entire time. Iona staged a late comeback to tie the game at 29-29. Both teams exchanged points until the Red and Blue took two consecutive points capped off by a service ace by senior Cara Thomason.
In game two the Quakers took an early 9-5 lead and reeled off five straight points, including two consecutive service aces by Thomason. The closest the Gaels would get was 23-20 thanks to seven digs by Amanda Renz. Penn closed out the match winning 30-24.
The Red and Blue fell behind 6-0 in game three, they eventually cut the Iona lead to 14-7 and 23-20 but that would be the closest they would get. In game four Penn played from behind once again but tied the game at 13-13 and went on a run that gave the Quakers a 15-14 advantage and the lead for good. In the final game freshmen Kathryn Turner had 5 kills to help the Quakers to the 30-26 victory. “She felt comfortable in the middle blocking and she was helped by our seasoned veteran Cara Thomason on the outside,” said coach Kerry Carr.
Carr was very happy with her team’s performance today. “This weekend we gained valuable experience in every match, we played and we put it altogether in order to strengthen our weaknesses to beat Iona,” she said.
Amy Starosta led Penn with 12 kills and Linda Zhang once again had a solid match with 49 assists and was named All-Tournament team. Renz led the defensive attack with 28 digs.
Penn will be back in action next weekend in the Penn State Tournament. On Friday September 16th they play Marshall at 5 p.m. and Saturday they take on Penn State at 10 a.m. and Seton Hall at 4 p.m.
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant