Princeton, N.J. – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team opened the Ivy-League season with a 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-22, 26-24) victory over Princeton on Friday night at Dillon Gymnasium. With the win, the Quakers snapped a Princeton four-match winning streak and improve to 6-6 on the season -- 1-0 in the Ivy League.
Senior Alexis Genske led the way offensively for the Quakers, recording a double-double with 14 kills and 14 digs. Fellow senior Michellie McDonald-O’Brien and sophomore Kendall Covington were also impactful for Penn, combining for 19 kills. McDonald-O’Brien hit a team-high .471. Senior setter Ronnie Bither dished out 44 of the Quakers’ 49 assists. As a team, the Quakers put together a .242 hitting percentage. Defensively, sophomore Michelle Pereira led the way with a team-high 25 digs.
The Quakers battled back from a 22-16 deficit in the fourth, evading three match points, to take the final frame by a score of 26-24. Bither notched a service ace to tie the set at 24 and two Princeton errors sealed the match for the Quakers.
Princeton was led by the duo of Kendall Peterkin and Cara Mattaliano, who racked up 17 kills each – combining for 34 of the Tigers’ 65 total kills.
The Quakers are back in action tomorrow when they travel to take on NJIT, their final non-conference match of the season, at 5 p.m.
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