ITHACA, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team lost to Cornell Friday night, 3-1, at Newman Arena. After the Big Red took Game 1, 30-24, Penn (10-13, 5-7 Ivy) evened the match at 1-1bywinning Game 2, 30-23. However, Cornell won a tight Game 3, 30-27, and then clinched the match with a win in Game 4, 30-19.
Trailing 9-6 in the first set, two Cornell attack errors and three Penn kills, two by Laura Black, gave the Quakers an 11-9 lead. The Big Red (17-8, 11-2 Ivy) answered back with the next two points to tie the score, and from that point on Cornell never trailed the rest of the game. The Red and Blue managed to keep things close despite falling behind by six, storming back to pull within one, 22-21, thanks to Cornell miscues and kills from Black and Natalie Drucker. The Red and Blue did not let Cornell extend its lead to more than threeuntilthe score was 26-24, at which point the Big Red scored the final four points to close out.
Game 2 was close until an 8-1 run by the Quakers gave them a 24-15 advantage. Penn did not allow the Big Red to get closer than five the rest of the set and managed to even the score at 1-1.
Game 3, which featured nine tie scores and four lead changes, proved to be the best game of the night. With both teams combining for 35 kills, it certainly provided plenty of excitement. Ahead, 18-15, Penn established the first significant lead after a kill by Drucker and a service ace by Linda Zhang. After calling a timeout, Cornell stole the momentum back with a 4-0 run to pull within one. The Big Red committed an attack error to put Penn ahead by two, but the Big Red came right back with the next two points to tie the score and force the Quakers to take a timeout.
Coming out of the timeout, both teams exchanged points, and then Penn scored the next two for a 24-22 lead. Cornell went on a 3-0 run to take back the lead, but the Quakers fought back to go up 27-25 on kills from Kathryn Turner and Black. However, that would be all the scoring Penn would do, as Cornell's Elizabeth Bishop connected on two kills and Penn committed two attack errors to give the Big Red Game 3.
Despite Game 4 being close early on, Cornell meticulously put Penn away by building up a 10-point lead.
Black led the Quakers with 14 kills and was one of three players to reach double figures. Turner chipped in 12, while Anna Shlimak registered a double-double with 10 kills and 23 digs. As a team, the Red and Blue served seven aces, led by Shlimak’s three.
Saturday, Penn travels to New York City to take on Columbia at 4 p.m.