PHILADELPHIA - Penn made it look easy on Saturday evening against Cornell, ensuring that senior Logan Johnson's final game in the Red and Blue was one to remember, as the Quakers swept their way to a 25-17, 25-17, 25-19 victory. Kristen Etterbeek led the offense with 13 kills and Amanda Pacheco added 12 with a hitting percentage of .450 in the match.
Pennends the season having wonits last three matches, and wrap up the year at 10-14 (6-8 Ivy).
Seeming to bring the same spark they had last night at Columbia,the Quakerstrailed only early on the third set, a deficit they quickly workedtheir way out of. In the first set, the Red and Blue jumped out to a 3-0 lead and didn't look back. Etterbeek and Pacheco each had five kills in the set, more than Cornell managed as a team, and were both part of a four point run that extended an 18-14 lead to 22-14, all but putting the set away.
The two squads traded points early in the second stanza, until Hilary Ash dished out helpers to Pacheco, Lauren Davis and Etterbeek on three straight points, opening up a 9-5 Penn edge. Later on, Penn would blow the set open on the serve of Dani Shepherd. An Etterbeek kill gave the ball to the sophomore libero and she delivered one of her four aces in the match, then let the defense take over as Pacheco and Lauren Martin combined on a block that was part of a run that gavethe Quakersplenty of breathing room at 18-10. The Big Red could get no closer than six the rest of the way and a well-placed attack from Emma White gave Penn a 2-0 lead.
Cornell reversed the trend in the third set, opening up a 9-3 lead that forced Coach Kerry Carr to use her only timeout of the night. Etterbeek exploded out of the break with four kills and a blockina Quaker rally that would turn the six point deficit into a 10-9 lead. A kill from Cornell's Janel Forte tied the set for one last time at 10-10, but Penn dominated from there, scoring ten of the next twelve points to go up 20-12. The Big Red had one last push in them, trimming Penn's lead to 23-18, but Pacheco's final kill of the 2011 season gave the Quakers a match point, which would come rather anti-climactically on a Cornell serve that sailed long.
Pacheco's 12 kills in the match gave her the overall team lead for the season with 249, just passing White at the finish. White closed out the season with 248. Shepherd notched 14 digs to close out the year with 579, the second-best mark in Penn history behind Madison Wojciechowski's 607 set during the 2009 campaign.
Losing only Logan Johnson to graduation, the Quakers will return virtually their entire roster in 2012 to go along with the incoming freshmen.
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