PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team was unable to recover from dropping the first two sets on Saturday night, falling to Columbia by a score of 3-1 (15-25, 22-25, 25-20, 19-25) at The Palestra. The match was the second part of Penn’s Dig Pink! Weekend, in which the Quakers raised money for breast-cancer research -- with all money donated to the Side-Out Foundation and Rena Rowan Breast Cancer Center.
For the second consecutive night and eighth time this season, Alexis Genske notched a double-double -- this time registering a squad-high 16 kills and 17 digs. Fellow seniors Michellie McDonald-O’Brien and Jasmine DeSilva also put together solid efforts, totaling 17 kills between them.
Freshman Courtney Quinn put forth nine kills and eight digs, continuing her impressive first season in the Red and Blue. Senior Ronnie Bither racked up her sixth double-double of the year with 34 assists and 10 digs.
Genske and Quinn each had three kills in the Quakers’ third set triumph, but a red-hot Columbia squad hit .316 in the fourth to close the door on Penn.
Columbia was led by junior Zoe Jacobs, who registered a team-best 17 kills. As a team, the Lions compiled a .205 hitting percentage and out-blocked Penn, 11-7. Junior Jennifer Petrovich dished out a team-high 42 assists, to go along with 10 digs.
Penn will hit the road next weekend, taking on Yale on Friday night and Brown on Saturday night. Both matches will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
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