PRINCETON, N.J. - In its final match of the 2006 season, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball lost at Princeton, 3-0. The Quakers fell, 30-28, 30-25 and 31-29. Penn (11-14, 6-8 Ivy) gave the Tigers (21-3, 11-3 Ivy) all they could hanlde in Games 1 and 3, and as they did all season long, the Quakers fought hard until the end.
Despite Princeton establishing a big lead in Game 1, Penn managed to work its way back into the game. Penn used four three-point runs to get the score to 28-27. The Quakers were never able to tie the score and two kills by Princeton clinched the game.
Penn fell behind halfway through Game 2. The Quakers were not able to stop Sheena Donohue and Parker Henritze, who helped the Tigers build a five-point lead. The Red and Blue were not able to overcome the deficit the remainder of the set.
The Quakers played well offensively in Game 3 and held a four-point lead as late as 23-19. Penn tallied 14 kills in the last stanza. A late run by Princeton put them ahead 25-24. The game went back and forth the rest of the way and trailing 29-28, a Princeton service error tied it at 29-all. However, consecutive errors by Penn clinched the victory for the Tigers.
Laura Black led the Quakers with 16 kills and 9 digs. Penn totaled 16 blocks, led by Natalie Drucker’s six. Playing in their final match, seniors Meredith Damore and Elizabeth Hurst combined for 16 digs.
Penn finishes the season in a tie for fourth place in the Ivy League with Dartmouth.