PHILADELPHIA – Led by a 16-kill, 12-dig performance from senior Alexis Genske, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team defeated Cornell on Friday night by a score of 3-1 (26-24, 20-25, 25-19, 28-26). The Quakers have now won five of their last six matches, and improve to 9-7 overall and 3-1 in the Ivy League.
Down 24-22 in the fourth set and facing a potential a fifth, the Quakers battled back to close the door on the Big Red. Sophomore Kendall Covington registered the kill to stave off one set point, while an attack error from Cornell tied the frame at 24. Unable to seal the deal themselves at 25-24 and 26-25, the Quakers finally took down Cornell in the fourth set, 28-26.
In leading the attack, Genske notched her seventh double-double of the season. Classmates Alex Caldwell and Michellie McDonald-O’Brien were also stellar in the victory, combining for 18 kills. Caldwell hit a team-high .391 for the match, making just a single error on the night.
Senior Ronnie Bither continued her generous ways, dishing out 38 assists and recording her fifth double-double of the season with 17 digs. The fifth senior for Penn, Jasmine DeSilva, contributed to the victory as well, chipping in four kills.
For Cornell, it was Kit McCarty pacing the offense. The sophomore picked up 16 kills, while the duo of Carla Sganderlla and Macey Wilson each contributed nine kills.
The Quakers, who are teaming up with the Side-Out Foundation (DigPink) and the Rena Rowan Breast Cancer Center this weekend, will continue to raise money for breast-cancer research at tomorrow evening’s match against Columbia. First serve with the Lions is set for 5 p.m.
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