PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's volleyball team ran its Ivy mark to a perfect 7-0, taking down Columbia 3-0 at the Palestra in a Dig Pink match.
The Quakers won their second straight match in three sets, beating the Lions by scores of 25-16, 25-22 and 25-17. There were only three lead changes in the entire match as the Red and Blue hit .352 and held Columbia to a .159 attack percentage, and nearly doubled the Lions dig total, 52-27.
Senior Elizabeth Semmens had a team-high 15 digs and also added 14 kills with a .462 attack percentage for her fifth straight double-double. Fellow classmate Ashley Hawkins hit .533 with11 kills while freshman Lauren Martin was the other Quaker in double figures, with ten kills.
Columbia stayed with Penn early in the first set, before three kills by Hawkins and a kill by Swanson gave the Quakers a 7-4 lead. The Red and Blue pushed its advantage to 16-11 and then extended it to 22-12 on a 6-1 run. The Quakers finished off the set 25-16 on a kill by Britt Danneman.
In the second, Penn jumped out to a 7-4 lead. The Lions came back, to tie it up at 15 apiece, but the Quakers took the lead and didn't look back, finishing off the set with the 25-22 victory.
Penn never trailed in the final set, opening up with four consecutive points and extending the lead to 7-2. Columbia cut the lead to two at 8-6, but a 5-2 run pushed the advantage back to five. The Quaker continued to keep the Lions at bay with well place balls, as they hit .457 in the third set to finish with the 25-17 win.
Junior Megan Tryon had another solid all around game, as she had five kills on seven attempts, 44 assists and seven digs.
Penn improves to 16-4 with the win and returns to action on Friday night when it faces off against Yale at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs are 6-1 in Ivy play, with their only loss coming at the hands of the Red and Blue.
Saturday's match against Columbia was a Dig Pink match. Dig Pink is an initiative to bring about awareness and raise money for breast cancer research. Fans were able to make donattions at the matchwith all proceeds goingto the Side-Out Foundation, an organization dedicated to breast cancer research through volleyball tournaments, clinics, and rallies. Those who would like to still donate to Side-Out online may do so by clicking here.
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