ALBANY, N.Y. The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team was back at it again in the night-cap of a doubleheader in the UAlbany Classic tonight. They lost to the host Albany 3-1. However, this match could not have been any closer. Three of the four games were decided by four points or less and all four games saw numerous lead changes. Both teams were almost equal in digs and kills but the deciding stat in tonight’s contest was Albany’s 10 serve aces. The Great Danes Eileen Rodriguez had six and four consecutive in game three that lifted her team 30-22 win.
In game one the Quakers took an early leads of 7-3, 9-4 and 14-11 thanks in large part to six kills in the game by Michelle Kauffman. The Great Danes tied it up at 18-18 and never looked back, they won 30-27. The Red and Blue got back on track in game two winning 30-27 and never let Albany get within three once they took the lead.
Penn took a 13-8 lead in game three but Rodriguez’s four consecutive serve aces put them ahead for good. Game four saw Penn take a 7-4 lead but Albany could not be stopped, after tying the game at 10-10 they kept the lead until the Quakers made a late run to tie the game at 25-25. Rodriguez recorded another serve ace and that would be it for the Red and Blue.
Cara Thomason led Penn with 16 kills on the night. Sophomore Linda Zhang put forth a solid effort with 41 assists and junior Meredith Damore had 24 digs.
The Quakers will be back in action tomorrow when they play Iona at 1:30 p.m. in their final game of the UAlbany Classic.
written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant.