PHILADELPHIA – History shows that six out of the eight previous matchups between the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team and Princeton have been close five-set battles, but tonight’s contest can be added to the list as an outlier, as the Quakers fell in three-straight sets to the Tigers (25-15, 25-16, 25-14). The Red and Blue, now 3-8 overall, will regroup and prepare to take the court again on Sunday in the final non-conference match against Dayton at 1 p.m.
Set one began par for the course, as each team traded points back and forth. A kill by senior Kendall Turner gave Penn some momentum, as the Quakers added three more points to the board for an 8-5 lead. However, Princeton was just getting warmed up and caught up to the Red and Blue after Kendall Peterkin recorded a kill and then a block with Nicole Kincade to make the score 10-10. From there, the Tigers never looked back, extending their lead to 18-10. A kill by freshman Hayley Molnar ended the run, but Princeton remained in control and took set one, 25-15.
Even though a kill from junior Michellie McDonald-O’Brien started off the second set, the Tigers forged ahead with nine consecutive points and ran the court from there. Princeton won set two, 25-16.
Set three was much like the others, as the Tigers jumped out with an 11-2 lead. Princeton took the match win with a third set score of 25-14.
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