PHILADELPHIA - Supported by its lasrgest crowd of the season, Penn swept Dartmouth in volleyball action Friday night, taking all three sets for the 25-21, 25-20, 25-21 win.
Friday was Dig Pink night at The Palestra, as Penn wore pink jerseys to help raise breats cancer awareness as part fo Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Both teams wore pink shoelaces pink T-shirts during warmups. In addition, many of the fans contributed by wearing pink clothing of their own and waving pink pom-poms in celebration of every Quaker point.
The match was as back and forth as the close scores indicate. Long rallies and hard-hitting kills were the norm during play. The Quakers spread the ball around on offense, with six players registering at least one kill. Four Penn players were in double figures, led by outside hitter Julia Swanson who picked up 14 kills. She was joined in double digits by Anne Magnuson, Elizabeth Semmens and Kathryn Turner who each swung ten kills.
Sophomore setter Megan Tryon was busy at the net, setting up 40 kills and coming up with 10 digs for a double-double.
Penn was effective on the attack throughout the first two sets as they scored 38 of its 50 points on kills. As a team, Penn hit at a .248 percent compared to Dartmouth's .180.
With the win, Penn improves to 7-11 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League. Dartmouth drops to 6-11 with a 2-5 mark in the Ivies.
Penn was propelled by a series of runs in each set to both establish leads and rally from deficits. In the first set, Penn turned a 2-2 tie into a 6-2 lead with kills from Swanson, Magnuson and Semmens as well as a Swanson ace. The Quakers never trailed, edging out to a 17-11 lead and crusing to a 25-21 win to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second set, trailing 9-5, Penn came back with five points in a row. After a kill from Swanson, Madison Wojciechowski took over the serve and led Penn to four more points to take a 10-9 lead. While the Big Green did tie the match back up at 10-10 and 11-11, Penn used another three-point swing on kills from Magnuson, Tryon and Semmens to extend its lead to 18-13. A Kathrun Turner ace finished off the Big Green in the second set and put the Red and Blue in position for the win, leading 2-0.
The third set was similar to the second in that Dartmouth took an early lead at 4-1 that put Penn in the position of having to come back once again. The Quakers did just that, taking the lead for good after a Megan MacGregor attack error gave Penn an 18-17 lead. Shannon Moody produced two service aces in the next rotation which along with kills from Swanson and Ashley Hawkins extended the lead to 22-17. Swanson's 15th kill finished off the set and the match.
Penn is back in action on Saturday afternoon, hosting Harvard at 4 p.m. in The Palestra.