PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's volleyball dispatched Cornell in three quick sets on Friday night to run its Ivy record to a perfect 6-0 behind a strong defensive effort.
The Quakers held the Big Red to just a .081 attack percentage with 26 kills, while racking up 46 of their own, in winning 25-16, 25-16, 25-19. Heading the defensive charge was junior Madison Wojciechowski, who had 19 digs and was followed up by senior Elizabeth Semmens with 12 digs.
Junior Megan Tryon was an all-around force for the Red and Blue hitting .667 with six kills, including two set points, 37 assists and four digs.
Penn got up early in the first set, though Cornell tied it up at four and again at five. That would be as close as the Big Red would get, as the Quakers went on a 7-1 run highlighted by two kills each from Ashley Hawkins and Julia Swanson to take a 12-6 lead.
Cornell came back within four at 15-11, but a 4-1 run,punctuated bytwo Lauren Martin kills, put the Red and Blue up 19-12. Penn got up 21-15 and then took five of the final six points to take the set 25-16.
In the second set, the two teams traded points until a Tryon kill put Penn up 10-8. Following a Quaker attack error, a 5-3 run extended the Red and Blue lead to 15-11. Cornell close the gap to three with a service ace, however five consecutive Quaker points put the game out of reach at 20-12. Penn ended the set with Tryon kill and the 25-16 win.
For the second time, the two teams stayed close early. Cornell went up 9-8 in the third set before Penn went on a run. With Wojciechowski serving, the Quakers scored ten straight, including two service aces, ending any Big Red hope of extending the match to a fourth set.
Down 18-9, Cornell got within five at 22-17, however a kill by freshman Ellie Radich and block by Radich and sophomore Corinne Rich put Penn on the verge of victory. A couple points later, Tryon ended the match with her sixth kill of the evening.
Semmens led the Red and Blue with 11 kills, her fourth double-double in as many games, while Swanson and Martin each added nine kills.
The loss drops Cornell to 6-12 overall and 3-4 in Ivy play, while the Quakers improve to 15-4 and 6-0 in conference action. Penn returns to the court on Saturday at 4 p.m. to face off against Columbia.
In Saturday's match against Columbia the team will be participating in Dig Pink, an initiative to bring about awareness and raise money for breast cancer research. Fans of Penn are encouraged to wear something pink to the match on Saturday or buy a pink volleyball shirt at the Palestra to show their support. Fans may also make donations at the matchwith all proceeds goingto the Side-Out Foundation, an organization dedicated to breast cancer research through volleyball tournaments, clinics, and rallies. Those who would like to donate to Side-Out online may do so by clicking here.
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