Volleyball Sweeps Columbia For 10th Straight Win

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Quakers ran their Ivy mark to a perfect 10-0, dispatching of Columbia in three sets with a balanced attack on Friday evening.

Penn won its 19th match of the season and 10th in the Ancient Eight, as three different players reach double figure kills and three more had double digit digs. Senior Elizabeth Semmens was the only member of the Red and Blue to record a double-double, with 12 kills and 11 digs. Junior Julia Swanson hit .310 and had a team-high 13 kills and nine digs.

Penn outhit the Lions .292 to .165 in the three sets and also out dug its opponents 58-47. Junior Madison Wojciechowski had 17 digs to lead the team, how's ten game winning streak is the longest since winning 12 in a row in 2002.

The Quakers jumped out 7-4 lead in the first set behind four Swanson kills and extended the advantage to five at 12-7 on a kill by junior Britt Danneman. Penn maintained a five point lead at 15-10 before four attack errors cut the score to 15-14 and prompted a timeout.

Out of the break the Red and Blue scored the next two to go up 17-14. A Columbia point brought the lead back to two, but it would be as close at the Lions would get as Penn went up 21-17 and then scored four of the final five points to win 25-18.

The Quakers continued their momentum in the second set, taking the first four points. Two Columbia kills cut the lead in half, however a Lauren Martin strike sparked a 8-3 run to put Penn up 12-3. The Lions managed two more points before another run by the Red and Blue pushed the lead to 17-7, leading to a Columbia timeout. The Quakers and Lions traded points the rest of the way as Penn took the set 25-14.

Columbia played even with the Red and Blue through the first ten points of the set. A kill from senior Ashley Hawkins sandwiched between two Semmens kills put Penn in front 8-5. Three straight from the Lions evened the score at eight apiece, though a 7-2 run but the Quakers firmly in front 15-10.

Three straight from Columbia narrowed the lead to 15-13. Martin ended the run and two more points gave Penn an 18-13 advantage. The Lions wouldn't give up, scoring seven of the next ten points to get within one at 21-20. Columbia was unable to tie it, as the Quakers went up 22-20 and finished with the 25-21 victory.

Reigning Ivy League Player of the Week Megan Tryon had 41 assists and ten digs for her second double-double in as many games.

Penn looks for its first 20 win season in six years when it takes on Cornell Saturday afternoon in Ithaca at 4 p.m.

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