PRINCETON, N.J. – After evening the score with a second set win, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team couldn’t maintain the momentum and dropped a four-setter to Princeton on the road Friday evening (25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19). Junior Alex Caldwell recorded her third triple-double of season in the loss, leading the Red and Blue with 14 kills, 19 assists, and 10 digs. Junior captain Alexis Genske also reached double-digit kills with 10.
After falling behind 7-2 early, the Quakers were unable to catch up and dropped the first set, 25-17. However, Penn started the second set strong with three straight kills from freshman Hayley Molnar, Genske, and Caldwell. The Red and Blue continued swinging, pushing ahead to a 10-5 lead after another Caldwell kill which forced Princeton to call a timeout. Once again, Caldwell put another one down for the Quakers, giving them an 11-5 lead. This time, the Tigers responded with four points in a row to come within two, making Penn use its first timeout. Once the two teams returned to the court, a ball handling error on the Red and Blue put Princeton within one but that would be the closest the Tigers would get in set two. A block by senior Trina Ohms and freshman Kendall Covington closed it out, 25-21.
Set three began as a back-and-forth battle until Penn went on a short kick, scoring four points in a row thanks to back-to-back kills from Covington and Genske, followed by a Tiger error and a block by freshmen duo Covington and Molnar. With the 16-13 advantage, Princeton used a timeout. Six of the next eight points were awarded to the Tigers, giving them a one point lead. After a timeout by the Red and Blue, senior Kendall Turner tied the match at 19-19 with a kill. It was the last point the Quakers would score in the set, as Princeton went on to take the match with four straight kills, an ace, and a Penn error.
What ultimately was the final set also began as a back-and-forth game. The Tigers pushed out to a 10-7 lead and then extended their lead to as great as 20-9. Determined to make a comeback, the Red and Blue scored 10 of the next 14 points to come within five at 24-19. However, a service error by the Quakers ended the match.
Penn will hit the road once again next weekend to face Cornell and Columbia.
Download: Penn vs. Princeton Boxscore 2.pdf