PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers played one of their best matches of the season, dispatching of Harvard in convincing fashion on Saturday evening at the Palestra, 25-9, 25-12, 25-20.
Penn didn't trail the entire night and was only even with the Crimson at 1-1 in the first set. The team executed their gameplan to near perfection, as evidenced by Harvard's -.029 hitting percentage. The Quakers also held the Crimson to just 18 kills on the evening, nine through the first two sets, while inducing 21 attack errors - ten on blocks by the front line.
The Red and Blue had a balanced offense, with two players reaching double-figure kills and three reaching double-figure digs. Senior Julia Swanson had her third straight double-double, hitting .286 with 11 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore Lauren Martin added ten kills and four block assists.
The Quakers took Harvard out of it early, scoring six straight to go up 9-2. After Harvard scored two straight, the Red and Blue eliminated any chance of a comeback with ten consecutive points while Logan Johnson served, ending with the impressive 25-9 victory.
Megan Tryon gave Penn the only lead they would need in the second, opening the set on serve for the set's first 13 points. The Quakers went up 20-5 and finished with the 25-12 win.
An 8-1 lead to open the final set proved to be the difference as the Crimson could never crawl all the way back, getting within four at 21-17 before the Red and Blue finished with the 25-20 victory.
Senior Madison Wojciechowski led the defensive effort with 17 digs, while Swanson added 15 and Tryon had 11. Tryon also had 35 assists and a pair of kills. Freshman Susan Stuecheli had a solid match, hitting .444 with five kills and providing defense with six total blocks.
The Quakers have now won four straight and improve to 8-9 with the victory and 4-1 in the Ancient Eight, second only to Princeton's 5-0 mark. Harvard falls to 5-13 and 2-4 in the Ivies.
Penn in on the road for the next two weekends, beginnging with a 7 p.m. match against Cornell on Friday.