PHILADELPHIA After four-straight five-game matches, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team was swept by Yale (14-7, 8-4) Saturday at The Palestra. The Bulldogs put a halt to Penn’s streak by taking Game 1, 30-23 and Games 2 and 3, 30-27.
The Bulldogs jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first set and did not allow Penn to get closer than four. In Game 2, however, it was the Quakers (10-12, 5-6)who took the early lead --Penn held a 9-1 advantage due in large part to three kills by Natalie Drucker and three-consecutive services aces by senior Meredith Damore. Yale then cut the deficit to 9-6 with a 5-0 run.
The Red and Blue managed to hold off Yale until midway through the game. After a kill by Linda Zhang put Penn up 15-12, the Bulldogs scored the next four points to take a 16-15 advantage. The score went back-and-forth after that, until Yale reeled off four-straight points, thanks to three service aces by Alexis Crusey. After exchanging the next two points, Penn pulled within one after two kills from Kathryn Turner. However, the Bulldogs scored the next two points to put the game away.
Neither team established a big lead in Game 3, and the score remained close to the end. With the scored tied at 26-26, a Laurel Johnson kill and two Penn attack errors gave the Bulldogs a 29-26 lead. Despite a kill by Zhang to make it a two-point game, Johnson delivered a kill to win the match for Yale.
Playing in their final matches on the Palestra floor, Damore and Elizabeth Hurst combined for seven service aces and 25 digs. Damore led Penn with five aces, while Hurst had a team-high 17 digs.
The Quakers play their final three matches of the season on the road, beginning next Friday when theyhead to Cornell for a 7 p.m. start. The next night, Penn plays at Columbia at 4 p.m.; the Quakers thenclose out the season at Princeton onWednesday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.