PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team was swept by the defending Ivy League champion, Cornell, Saturday at The Palestra. The Big Red won in three games (30-26, 31-29, 30-18) and improved to 9-7 (4-2 Ivy League) while Penn dropped to 7-9 overall and 2-3 in the League.
Penn struggled to produce offensively with a .022 hitting percentage; the Quakers wereled by junior Laura Black who had eight kills. Libero Elizabeth Hurst registered 16 digs, while Linda Zhang had 22 assists.
Two players tallied 10 kills for Cornell while three others reached double digits in digs. Amy Gordon had 26 assists.
In Game 1, the Quakers kept the game close until 15-15 when a Big Red service ace and four Penn hitting errors put Cornell ahead, 21-15.
In Game 2, Penn jumped to an early 7-3 lead and extended its margin to 17-10 before Cornell started chipping away at the deficit. The teams played evenly through 29-29,before Cornell took the next two points to go up two games to none.
In the final game, Cornell continued its solid play, while the Quakers scored just five kills and committed 11 hitting errors in losing 30-18.
Penn continues its Ivy League slate on the road next weekend, at Yale (Friday at 7 p.m.) and Brown (Saturday at 4 p.m.).