Volleyball Rallies Past Columbia, 3-1

Penn 3, Columbia 1 Box Score

PHILADELPHIA – An early 1-0 hole after failing to hold a first-set lead did not deter Penn as the Quakers rallied back for a 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-12) win in volleyball action on Friday night.

Julia Swanson had her most efficient game of the season, registering 21 kills while committing just five errors on 37 chances for a .432 hitting percentage. Her 21 kills was just six shy of her career high set last season. As a team, the Red and Blue made few mistakes on the attack, hitting at a .349 clip with only 20 errors on 129 attempts.

A lot of those clean kills came as a direct result of sophomore setter Megan Tryon’s consistent setting. She finished the match with 54 assists – two shy of her career high set earlier this season against Seattle. Tryon was just a setter at the net as she was effective on her few attack attempts, converting five-of-nine at the net, many on set fakes taking advantage of an over-aggressive defense from the Lions.

Columbia’s Amalia Viti, the Ivy League leader in kills finished with 13 kills to pace the Lions. She was joined in double figures by Colleen McNutt who had 10.

Senior Kathryn Turner was another Quaker who had a relatively mistake-free night, swinging home 10 kills while only missing on one of her 17 attempts for a .529 hitting percentage. Elizabeth Semmens continued her consistent attacking, scoring 12 kills.

Madison Wojciechowski led all players with 20 digs – her eighth time over 20 this season.

The Quakers are back in action on Saturday, playing Cornell at 4 p.m. in The Palestra as part of homecoming weekend.