Volleyball Drops Last Game of the Season to Princeton, 3-1

Princeton 3, Penn 1 Box Score

PRINCETON, N.J. – Despite winning an exciting first set and jumping out to an early lead, Penn was unable to hold off Princeton in volleyball on Wednesday night, losing 3-1 (27-29, 25-16, 25-21, 25-15).

With the loss, Penn ends the 2008 season with a 13-13 record and a 9-5 mark in Ivy League play. The Quakers tied for third with Cornell.

Senior Kathryn Turner led the way for Penn in her final match, hitting .565 on the night with a team-high 16 kills on 23 attempts and committing only three errors. Junior Elizabeth Semmens added 14 kills to just three errors on 32 attempts for a .344 hitting percentage.

Turner finished her career with 280 block assists, second-most all time by a Penn player for her career. She is behind only Cari Rotchford who had 320.

Sophomore Madison Wojciechowski had 20 digs in the match, upping her single-season Penn record to 511.

The first set featured some extra volleyball as the Quakers rallied to take the set and a 1-0 lead, 29-27. Penn held a 24-22 lead late in the set, but the Tigers scored three points in a row to take a 25-24 lead. Princeton’s Lindsey Ensign, who had scored the go-ahead point for the Tigers with a kill, missed on her next swing and the score was tied at 25 apiece. Each team had an early chance to win the set thanks to attack errors from each side, but with Princeton ahead, 27-26, and looking at set point, Kathryn Turner came through with her fifth kill of the set to even the set once more. Turner then geared up on defense, teaming with Anne Magnuson to block the next two attacks from Sheena Donohue to end the set in Penn’s favor.

The failure to convert match point in set one did not affect Princeton in the second set as the Tigers broke open a close, 15-14 set with a five-point run to extend their lead to 20-14. Penn was not able to come back, and two Penn errors finished off the set at 25-16 and evened the match at 1-1.

The Tigers took a 2-1 lead after winning the third set, 25-21. Parker Henritze had seven kills in the set for Princeton to pace the Tigers. Turner added six kills for Penn to keep the Quakers in the set.

The momentum carried over in the final frame for Princeton as the Tigers jumped out quickly and never trailed. A four-point swing turned a 13-11 Princeton lead into a 17-11 advantage and the Orange and Black never looked back. A second long run from 18-14 to 24-14 effectively put away the match.

Henritze finished with 19 kills for Princeton and Donohue added 17.

Penn now looks forward to the offseason and a 2009 campaign which will see much of the nucleus of the squad return as only two players, Turner and Stephanie Gwin graduate this spring.