PHILADELPHIA The Penn volleyball team had its three-game winning streak snapped Saturday as it fell to Yale, 3-0 (31-29, 30-26, 30-23). The Quakers (9-7, 3-2) grabbed leads in each of the three contests, but were unable to hang on as the Bulldogs (9-5, 3-2) pulled out three close victories.
The Quakers seemed to have control of the first game, as freshman Julia Swanson pounded in six kills and senior Anna Shlimak added five kills in the game. However, a late charge allowed Yale to earn a sideout, tying the score at 29. They then won the next two points to take the match. Senior Linda Zhang set up 12 successful attacks for Penn in the game. Zhang, who finished the match with 15 assists, needs just eight more for 3,000 in her Penn career.
Junior Kathryn Turner spearheaded the Quaker attack in the second game, slamming in eight kills. Again, though, the Bulldogs turned up the pressure late and took a 2-0 lead in the match.
Yale proved too much to overcome for Penn in the third game. Despite a balanced attack that included three kills each from Turner, Swanson, Shlimak, and sophomore Anne Magnuson, the Quakers were unable to hold off Yale, which put on a 5-0 run to end the game and take the match.
Penn will remain in the area for its next match, as it travels to crosstown rival La Salle Tuesday at 6 p.m. The match will conclude the Quakers’ non-conference schedule.