PHILADELPHIA – For the second time this season, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 18-25, 12-25) decision to Yale -- this time on “Senior Night” in The Palestra. Prior to the match, the Quakers honored their five seniors who were playing in the final home match of their careers. The group entered Saturday night with a combined 427 match appearances over the last four seasons.
In fitting fashion, Penn's five seniors managed to rack up all but three of the Quakers' kills on the night. Alexis Genske and Michellie McDonald-O’Brien each registered 12, while Jasmine DeSilva posted 11 kills and Alex Caldwell recorded 10.
Penn's final senior, Ronnie Bither, dished out many of those put-aways -- racking up 36 assists. She also picked up 15 digs and five kills, good for her 11th double-double (team-high) of the season.
Yale, the defending Ivy League champion, was led by four double-digit scorers of its own. Brittani Steinberg and Kelley Wirth led the way, putting together a combined 34 kills. As a team, the Bulldogs racked up a .374 hitting percentage and had seven players hit over .300.
Following a five-point loss in set No. 1, the Quakers responded by jumping out to a 6-2 lead in the second. Bither, DeSilva and McDonald-O’Brien each had a kill in the stretch. After Yale tied the set at nine apiece, Penn built the lead back up to 15-12. DeSilva had another pair of kills in the run, as Yale burned its first timeout. Following the stoppage, Caldwell and McDonald-O’Brien compiled back-to-back put-aways and the Quakers led 17-12.
The Bulldogs answered Penn’s flurry, with one of their own to tie the match at 19. Genske broke that tie, and added another kill, along with DeSilva, as the Quakers went on to win the second frame by a score of 25-22.
The Quakers will wrap up the 2015 season on the road next weekend, traveling to take on Cornell and Columbia.
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