Penn 3, Columbia 0
NEW YORK, N.Y. Penn took advantage of a balanced offense from its five hitters to earn its first Ivy League win of the season over Columbia, 3-0(25-16, 25-21, 25-11).
With the win, Penn ups its record to 5-10 overall and 1-2 in Ancient Eight play. The Lions are now 5-8 with a 0-4 mark in league play.
Julia Swanson led all players with 11 kills. She was effective at the net all day, committing just one error and hitting at a .500 clip on the day. She was joined in double digits for the Quakers by Anne Magnuson, who had 10 kills. Other players with kills for the Red and Blue over the three sets were Kathryn Turner (eight), Elizabeth Semmens (seven) and Ashley Hawkins (five).
Penn trailed just once in the first set, when Columbia took the first point. The Quakers scored the next four points to force a Columbia timeout. After Columbia’s Amalia Viti scored a kill to bring the Lions back within three at 9-6, Turner took over, scoring with a kill and then two service aces to extend the lead to 12-6. Swanson finished the set with a kill for the 25-16 win.
Penn had a lead of 15-9 midway through the second set before the Lions rallied to get back within one point at 21-20. The Quakers staved off the comeback, scoring four of the last five points, securing the set with a block from Hawkins and Semmens.
The two teams traded points back and forth in the early stages of the third set until the Quakers took their first lead at 5-4. The key stretch in the set, and the match, came with the score 9-8. Swanson came through with a kill off a Megan Tryon assist. Swanson then took the ball for the serve and helped Penn score the next five points for a 15-8 lead. From there, Penn cruised to the win, scoring 10 of the last 13 points for the 25-11 win.
Penn is back in action next Friday at Brown at 7 p.m.