NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the second consecutive match, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team was unable to recover from dropping the first two sets. This time, falling 3-1 (20-25, 23-25, 25-18, 23-25) to Yale on Friday night to drop to 3-3 in the Ivy League this season.
Seniors Alexis Genske and Michellie McDonald-O’Brien led the way offensively for the Quakers. Genske tallied a team-high 14 kills and recorded her third consecutive double-double with 13 digs. McDonald-O’Brien hit .375 with 13 kills. Classmate Ronnie Bither was also a vital contributor, notching her third consecutive double-double -- dishing out 36 assists and registering 21 digs.
Sophomore Kendall Covington hit a team-high .421 with nine kills, while freshman Courtney Quinn and senior Alex Caldwell combined for 10 kills.
Following a pair of close losses in the first two sets, the Quakers roared back in the third. Helped by four kills from Genske in the early going, Penn jumped out to a 9-1 lead. Covington and Caldwell also came alive in the set, as Penn extended the lead to 19-11, en route to a 25-18 triumph.
Yale jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the fourth set but the Quakers closed quickly, as sophomore Michelle Pereira knocked a service ace to tie the score at 10, and a Jasmine DeSilva kill gave Penn a 13-10 lead. Following a Quakers’ timeout with the score tied at 13, the Bulldogs rattled off seven consecutive points to take a 20-13 edge. After a McDonald-O’Brien kill halted the run, Penn put together an impressive stretch its own -- winning nine of the next 10 points to take a 22-21 lead. After a Yale service error tied the score at 23, Jesse Ebner picked up back-to-back kills to win the set for the Bulldogs, 25-23.
The Quakers will look to rebound tomorrow afternoon, when they travel to take on Brown. First serve with the Bears is set for 5 p.m.
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