PRINCETON, N.J. - The Penn women's volleyball team didn't waste anytime in their first Ivy match of the season, taking down Princeton in three sets on Saturday night.
The win ended a seven game losing streak at the hands of the Tigers, a streak which began in the final match of the 2005 season. The Quakers used an impressive attack to take down Princeton 25-16, 25-21 and 25-15. Penn hit a blistering .480 in the first set and finished the match at a .317 clip.
Junior Julia Swanson led the Quaker attack with 17 kills, while freshman Lauren Martin joined her in double figures with 12 while hitting .524.
Penn started strong, taking the first four points of the set and pushing the lead to ten at 13-3 behind a pair of Mary Russell service aces and a Swanson kill. The Tigers responded with six straight points, narrowing the lead to four and prompting a Quaker timeout.
Following the timeout, Swanson ended the Princeton run with a kill and served up an ace to put the Red and Blue up 16-9. The two traded points, until two kills by Martin stretched the lead to 22-13. Penn closed out the first set 25-16, on Swanson's fifth kill of the set.
In the second, Princeton jumped out to a 6-3 advantage and was still up three at 10-7, before a Swanson kill trimmed the lead to two. The two teams traded points though Penn was able to get within one to make it 13-12. The Quakers finally drew even at 15 apiece.
Penn took its first lead of the match at 17-16 on a Martin kill and added two more points before Princeton called a timeout. The Tigers responded following the timeout, using a 3-0 run to even it at 19.
The Quakers took back the lead at 20-19 and proceeded to score six of the final eight points of the set for the 25-21 victory.
Both teams exchanged points to open the third set, as neither to grab a lead larger than two, until a Megan Tryon kill gave Penn a 9-6 advantage. The Quakers continued to expand their lead, witht a9-4 run to go up 18-10 before a Sheena Donahue kill made it 18-11.
The Red and Blue then scored four consecutive points to make it 22-11. Two kills by Swanson and an attack error by Princeton gave Penn its final three points and the 25-15 win.
Junior setter Megan Tryon had 39 assists and was second on the team with six digs. Fellow classmate Madison Wojciechowski was all over the court for the Red and Blue, collecting a team-high 19 digs.
Penn, now 1-0 in Ivy League play and 10-4 overall, continues its season next Friday when the team takes on Brown at 7 p.m.
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