PHILADELPHIA - After four straight wins, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team's win streak was halted by Villanova, 3-0,Wednesday evening. The Wildcats downed Penn 30-24, 30-25 and 30-22. Despite nine service aces, Penn was victimized by 12 service errors.
Penn (4-6) came out with a lot of intensity and energy and used it to build leads in the first two games.
The Quakers held a three-point lead three times early in Game 1. Villanova (7-9) -- which entered Wednesday's match having won five of its last six matches -- countered witha pair ofthree-point runs that tied the score at 15-15. Penn held onto its lead until an attack error by the Red and Blue gave the Wildcats a 21-20 lead. The rest of the game, Penn could not get closer than one.
The Quakers led 17-11 inGame 2thanks to four service aces, and maintained a five-point lead until the Wildcats went on a 9-0 run that included three services aces and gave them a 22-18 advantage. The Red and Blue countered with a five-point run to regain the lead 24-23. But just when it looked like the Quakers built some momentum, Villanova scored the next point and then finished off the game with the last five points.
Penn tiedGame 3at 8-8 and 9-9, but that would be as close as the Quakerswould get. With the score 26-22, Penn'schances of a comeback were squashed when Villanova closed out the matchwith a four-point run.
Linda Zhang and Meredith Damore led the Quakers with three service aces apiece.
The Quakers open up their Ivy League slate Saturday when they host rival Princeton at The Palestra at 7 p.m.