PHILADELPHIA - This weekend Penn (9-11, 4-5) welcomes Brown (8-14, 4-6) and Yale (13-6, 8-2) to The Palestra for their final home matches of the season.Penn hosts the Bears, Friday at 7 p.m. and the Bulldogs, Saturday at 4 p.m.
Last Saturday the Quakers won their second five-game match of the weekend over Harvard. Penn was in control early, winning Games 1 and 2, 30-22 and 30-20. The Crimson evened the match up by winning the next two games, 30-27 and 30-28, before the Red and Blue won the decisive Game 5, 15-12. Laura Black and Anna Shlimak led the Quakers with 18 kills apiece. Natalie Drucker (13) and Elizabeth Semmens (12) also reached double digits in kills. Linda Zhang (51) and Kira Campbell (16) combined for 77 assists. Defensively, Elizabeth Hurst led the Red and Blue with 22 digs. Black chipped in with 16.
Last Friday Penn beat Dartmouth, 3-2. After losing Game 1, 30-23, the Quakers bounced back to win Game 2, 30-28. Penn lost Game 3 by the same score, but won Game 4, 31-29, and Game 5, 15-9. After setting a career-high in kills the previous Saturday at Brown, Black rewrote her own record book with 22 kills. She was joined in double figures by Drucker (14), Semmens (13) and Shlimak (10). As a team, the Quakers amassed 112 digs, led by Hurst’s 29. Zhang and Semmens had 20 apiece, while Shlimak added 14.
Last weekend Brown went 0-2 losing to Cornell, 3-0, and Columbia, 3-2. Senior Rikki Baldwin reached the 1,000-kill milestone Friday against Columbia.
In their first meeting this season, the Bears edged Penn, 3-2. The Quakers won Game 1, 30-25, but fell by the same score in Game 2. Brown won Game 3, 31-29, before the Quakers forced a Game 5 by winning the fourth stanza 30-27. The Bears won the decisive fifth game, 15-7. Black notched a team-high 20 kills. Kathryn Turner and Semmens added 12 each. Semmens also added 14 digs for her first career double-double. Shlimak contributed 11 kills and 11 digs.
Penn holds the all-time series leadover the Bears, 34-15.
Saturday Penn hosts first-place Yale at 4 p.m. It also marks the final home match for Hurst and Meredith Damore. Both seniors will be honored before the match.
This weekend in the Ivy League:
Friday, November 3
Brown at Penn, 7 p.m.
Columbia at Dartmouth, 7 p.m.
Cornell at Harvard, 7 p.m.
Yale at Princeton, 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 4
Brown at Princeton, 4 p.m.
Columbia at Harvard, 4 p.m.
Cornell at Dartmouth, 4 p.m.
Yale at Penn, 4 p.m.