PHILADELPHIA - The Penn volleyball revenge tour rolls on. For the second consecutive match, the Quakers got even against a team they had lost to the first time through the Ivy League, dominating Harvard on Friday night in a 25-17, 25-19, 26-24 victory. Emma White led the Red and Blue on the night with a match-high 13 kills and 19 digs. Dani Shepherd added 24 digs for Penn in the win.
The first time Penn and Harvard met this season, the Crimson were befuddled in a pair of large early losses in the first and third set, yet recovered to win the fourth and fifth sets in close fashion. On Friday, they never got the chance. The Quakers came out on fire in the first set and turned a 4-4 tie into a 12-4 lead in the blink of an eye. Penn held Harvard to a hitting percentage of .000 in the set and never let the lead dip below four points as the Red and Blue routed the Crimson in the first set, 25-17.
The second set began with more of the same. Penn scored the first six points of the set to force an early timeout as Harvard tried to sort things out. A brief flurry from the Crimson followed, cutting the lead to three, but the Quakers quickly gathered themselves and reasserted the pressure, going up by as many as nine points in an easy, 25-19 win.
Harvard wouldn't go quietly. Seven kills from Kathleen Wallace in the third set helped the visitors to gain a five point lead at 16-11. But from there, the aggressive attacking of Penn began to take its toll. The Red and Blue scored eight of the next nine points to grab a 19-17 lead. Harvard rallied to tie on five different occasions after that, but Penn never lost the lead. With the score 24-24, Kristen Etterbeek rose up for the last of her six kills on the night, putting the Quakers ahead 25-24. The next point featured a long rally that ended with a block from Susan Stuecheli and Lauren Martin, giving Penn the sweep at 26-24.
Alex Caldwell and Ronnie Bither both had double-doubles while splitting time at setter. Caldwell had a match-high with 19 assists and added 12 digs while Bither chipped in with 16 assists and 10 digs. Stuecheli picked up where she left off a week ago, notching three solo blocks and four block assists. Martin had nine kills while hitting .389 in the victory.
Penn (11-9, 6-3 Ivy) has now won five of its last six matches and looks to keep it going tomorrow evening when they host Dartmouth at 4 p.m. from The Palestra.
Download: Penn-Harvard Box Score.pdf