PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team used solid defense and an outstanding attack game to sweep Columbia (30-19, 30-15 and 30-16) Friday night at The Palestra. Penn held the Lions (5-9, 0-5) to a measly .008 hitting percentage, and did not allow them to break 20 points in any of the three games.
Penn (7-8, 2-2) connected on 19 of 42 attacks in Game 1, but more impressive was the individual defensive effort of Anna Shlimak who recorded nine digs in the set. The Quakers closed out the game with a 7-0 run and eight of the final 10 points.
Although it may have seemed impossible to play better in the attack game, the Quakers managed to do so. Penn hit .400 in Game 2, led by Kathryn Turner’s eight kills. The Red and Blue built up an eight-point lead that was insurmountable for the Lions to overcome.
Game 3 was more of the same for the Quakers on both sides of the ball. The final game saw Penn emerge with dominating play at the net. The Red and Blue made eight blocks while Columbia hit -.075.
With 11 digs in the match, senior Meredith Damore became the sixth player in Penn history to surpass 1,000 career digs.
Penn faces a daunting task Saturday, as the defending Ivy League champions -- Cornell -- come to The Palestra. The Quakersand Big Red face offat 4 p.m.