PHILADELPHIA - The seniors made the most of their final contest at the Palestra, putting away Cornell in three quick sets on Saturday afternoon.
The Quakers honored seniors Britt Danneman, Nicole DeCuir, Emily Ettel, Julia Swanson, Megan Tryon and Madison Wojciechowski on Saturday before the match and the seniors returned the favor with a 25-20, 25-10, 25-17 sweep of the Big Red.
Tryon had a strong all-around contest for Penn, finishing with 35 assists, 13 digs and four kills. Swanson and Danneman also played well, combining for 12 kills and 20 digs. Wojciechowski added 13 digs and in the process broke the Ivy League record for career digs, finishing the evening with 2,042.
The Red and Blue struggled out of the gate in the first set but quickly rebounded to grab a 14-8 advantage. Cornell came back within three at 17-14 and 21-18, but the Quakers held strong, finishing with the 25-20 win.
Penn jumped out to a 10-3 lead in the second. The Quakers wouldn't let up, going on an 11-5 run to push the advantage to 21-8 before ending with the 25-10 victory.
In the final set the Red and Blue once again came out strong. Leading 10-5, the Quakers let Cornell get back within three at 13-10 before scoring three straight to make it 16-10. The teams traded points for the remainder of the set as Penn ended the match, 25-17, on a kill by sophomore Lauren Davis.
The Quakers fired 46 kills and hit .300 for the match, while Cornell managed just 30 kills at a .136 clip. Penn also out-dug the big Red 67-44.
Sophomore Lauren Martin was the Red and Blue's top offensive threat, hitting .423 with 14 kills. Fellow classmate Amanda Pacheco added ten kills on 16 attempts for a .625 hitting percentage.
The Quakers improve to 13-10 with the victory and 9-2 in the Ivy League. Their win, coupled with Princeton's loss to Columbia leaves Penn and Yale as the only two schools with two losses in league competition.
The Red and Blue return to action on Friday when they travel to Boston to take on Harvard at 7 p.m.
Notes: Megan Tryon's 35 assists give her 3,579 for her career, just four from breaking Heather Glick's school record of 3,582 ... Julia Swanson's 18 digs moved her career total to 1,044, ninth on the program's all-time list ... Madison Wojciechowski has reached double-figure digs in each of her last 32 matches dating back to last season.