ITHACA, N.Y. – It was a tough night for the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team as the Quakers fell in straight sets to Cornell (25-16, 25-18, 25-18) for the first time since 2006. However, the Red and Blue (6-14, 3-6 Ivy) will look to redeem themselves tomorrow when they take on Columbia at 5 p.m.
Freshman Hayley Molnar started the Halloween evening match-up with back-to-back kills. However, Cornell quickly responded and jumped out to a 7-2 lead. It was all the Big Red needed as the Quakers were unable to regain their footing, dropping set one 25-16.
Once again, the Red and Blue began with the first two points of the set. Senior captain Trina Ohms put down a kill and then went up with fellow senior Kendall Turner for the second point. Penn was able to hold Cornell at bay and stay a step ahead, but after a service ace from junior Alex Caldwell put the Quakers up 17-16 the Big Red made their move. With back-to-back kills and an error by the Red and Blue, Cornell held its first lead in the second set. Penn struggled to get back in front of the Big Red and found themselves down 2-0.
Determined to make a comeback, the Quakers scored seven of the first nine points in set three. Tied at 2-2, the Red and Blue made a five-point run beginning with back-to-back kills from Turner. But Turner didn’t stop there as she went up with junior captain Alexis Genske and then Caldwell for back-to-back blocks. A Caldwell kill finished off Penn’s run and Cornell was forced to call a timeout, which turned out to be what the Big Red needed. The Quakers were able to maintain the lead until a kill by Cornell gave the Big Red a 14-13 advantage, forcing the Red and Blue to use its first timeout. Penn’s timeout didn’t prove to turn out quite as effective as the Quakers were forced to use their second timeout after an ace give Cornell a 20-16 lead. The Red and Blue were only able to muster two more points as the Big Red sealed the sweep with three kills in a row.
Turner led the offensive efforts with eight kills, while Genske and freshman Kendall Covington each had six.
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