NEW HAVEN, Conn. The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team fell in three games to first-place Yale (12-4, 7-0), 30-28, 30-24 and 30-21.
Penn (7-10, 2-4) was led by sophomore Kathryn Turner’s 15 kills. The Quakers tallied 63 digs, including 13 apiece from Anna Shlimak, Linda Zhang and Elizabeth Hurst and 12 from Laura Black. Although Penn played well defensively, the Quakersdid not have an answer for Yale’s Alexis Crusey, who registered a match-high18 kills. Despite an impressive effort on defense by the Red and Blue that also included 12 blocks, the Bulldogs had an eye-popping 78 digs.
The Quakers best chance came in Game 1. Penn held a brief lead early, but saw the Bulldogs reel of four consecutive points to go up 11-9. Although Penn never led again in the game, the Red and Blueremained close and never trailed by more than four. Trailing 28-24, Penn scored the next three points, capped off by a kill by Meredith Damore and a service ace by Natalie Drucker. Both teams exchanged points to make it 29-28, but Crusey delivered a kill to win the game.
Drucker had three of the Quakers' five service aces, two of which came in Game 1. Fellow freshman Elizabeth Semmens had nine kills.
Penn finishes its road trip Saturday at Brown at 4 p.m.