Ithaca, N.Y. - The Quakers won their fifth straight Ivy match on Friday evening, taking down Cornell in straight sets, 25-18, 25-21, 25-17, behind a strong defense and timely hitting.
Penn hit .264 for the match to climb back to .500 on the season, improving to 9-9 overall and 5-1 within the Ivy League. The Red and Blue, meanwhile, held the Big Red to just .133 hitting in dropping them to 4-13 overall and 2-5 in the Ancient Eight. It is the fifth straight match Penn has held its opponent to hit .200 or worse.
Sophomore Lauren Martin hit a team-high .520 to lead the Quakers' offense while senior Julia Swanson added a double-double, her fourth straight, with ten kills and 12 digs. Senior Madison Wojciechowski was also involved defensively, recording a team-best 19 digs, and also adding a service ace.
Tied at five in the first set, Penn scored four straight and didn't relinquish the lead in finishing with the 25-18 win. In the second set the teams drew even on 13 occasions, but Cornell couldn't overtake the Red and Blue falling 25-21.
In the final set the Quakers once again put their opponent away early, turning a 4-2 advantage into a 14-3 blowout lead. The Big Red didn't get any closer than seven the rest of the way as Penn won 25-17.
Sophomore Amanda Pacheco was third on the team with seven kills, but led the defense with five blocks, two of the solo variety. Senior Megan Tryon finished with 38 assists and added six digs for the Quakers.
Penn takes its five-match winning steak into New York City on Saturday, when the Red and Blue faceoff against Columbia at 7 p.m. The Lions knocked off previously unbeaten Princeton on Friday night in a 3-2 upset. In addition to live stats and a webcast, fans of the Red and Blue will also be able to following the team through a live blog of the match, found on the Penn volleyball homepage.