New York, N.Y. - The Quakers need four sets and a little extra in the final set, but got the win on Saturday night in New York, taking down Columbia 25-21, 25-22, 20-25, 26-24.
Penn trailed in every set, but found ways to continually come back late with timely hitting and great defense. Sophomore Lauren Martin continued her stellar Ivy play, firing 17 kills and hitting .412 to lead the Red and Blue. Fellow classmate Amanda Pacheco was also strong on offense with 13 kills at a .500 clip. Senior Madison Wojciechowski was instrumental on defense, recording a team-high 28 digs
The Quakers hit .215 for the match and held one of the league's top offenses to just .185 as they improved to 6-1 in the Ivy League and 10-9 overall. Penn finished with 58 kills and out-dug the Lions, 77-71. Swanson had 16 of those digs while junior Logan Johnson had ten.
Penn fell behind 7-3 early, but a 9-2 run put them in front, 12-9. Columbia fought back to tie it at 14 and move ahead 21-18. A kill by Megan Tryon ended the run and three consecutive errors by the Lions left the Quakers on top, 22-21. Two more attack errors made it 24-21 and Swanson ended the set with a kill.
The Red and Blue once again found themselves down early, trailing 16-10 midway through the second. The Quakers responded with a display of power, scoring six straight, with a collection of four kills, a block and a Kristin Schoonover service ace. A Columbia kill halted the run momentarily, but a Pacheco spike tied the match at 17 and the team wouldn't look back, finishing with the 25-22 win.
In the third, Penn found themselves down 5-1 early. The Quakers came back to tie it on multiple occasions, the last at 19 apiece. However, any hope of a sweep was ended with a 7-1 run by the Lions to end the set.
Tied at eight in the fourth, Columbia scored eight straight to grab the 16-8 advantage. Two points later, the Red and Blue appeared to be heading to a fifth set, down 17-10. A kill by Martin stopped the bleeding and Penn soon climbed back within three at 20-17.
The Lions scored two of the next three to go up 22-18, but four straight by the Red and Blue finally tied the match up at 22. The teams traded points until a Columbia kill made it 24-23 Lions. On the verge of defeat, kills by Martin and freshman Kristen Etterbeek turned the tables. The Quaker completed the comeback on an attack error by Columbia, winning the set 26-24.
Senior Megan Tryon had a strong all-around game, dishing out 45 assists to go along with seven digs, four kills and two block assists.
Penn returns to action next Friday when the team travels to New England for 7 p.m. match with Brown.