BOSTON, Mass. - The Penn women's volleyball extended its conference unbeaten streak to five, taking down Harvard 3-1 behind the play of senior Elizabeth Semmens on Saturday afternoon.
Semmens hit .373 and set a career high with 26 kills, matching the fourth kill highest total in school history, as the Quakers improved to 14-4 overall and 5-0 in the Ivy League. She also added a team-high 14 digs for her third straight double-double.
The Red and Blue won by scores of 25-15, 26-24, 22-25 and 25-16 as the team hit .252 in the match, with 58 digs, while holding the Crimson to just 48 digs and a .157 attack percentage.
In the opening set, Harvard used an early 5-1 run to take a 9-5 lead. Penn responded with 9-1 run, highlighted by three kills from freshman Lauren Martin to grab a 14-10 advantage. The Quakers pushed their lead to 17-13 and scored eight of the final ten points for the 25-15 win.
The Crimson outscored the Red and Blue 7-3 through the set's first ten points, though Penn marched back to tie it at ten apiece. After trading points, the Quakers went on a 7-3 run to push their lead to 19-15. Harvard came back to within two at 21-19 and 23-21, before taking three of four points to even it at 24-24. A kill by Semmens and a Crimson attack error provided the 26-24 score.
Penn opened up a 6-3 lead to open the third set, however the Crimson used a 6-3 run of their own to even the set at nine apiece. The two teams traded points until Harvard went on a 6-1 run for the 17-12 lead. The Quakers cut the deficit to two at 18-16 and a Mary Russell service ace made it 21-20. Penn was unable to tie it up and the Crimson held on for the 25-22 win.
Both teams traded points to open the fourth set before consecutive attack errors by the Crimson gave Penn an 8-6 lead. Four straight kills from Semmens and one from Britt Danneman extended the Quaker lead to 13-6.
Penn went up 17-10 and took its largest lead of the set at 18-10 on a Harvard attack error, prompting a Crimson timeout. The break didn't slow the Quakers momentum, as the Red and Blue took three of the next four points for a 21-11 advantage. Penn finished the set with the 25-16 win and 3-1 victory.
Junior Megan Tryon was model of consistency with her third straight 40 assist performance and the fifth in her last six games. In addition to her 49 assists, she had nine digs and two kills. Martin was the only other Quaker with double-digit kills as she had 13.
Harvard falls to 7-10 with the loss and 3-3 in Ivy League Play, while Penn remains the lone unbeaten in the conference. The team's 5-0 start is the best for the Red and Blue since opening up Ivy play 9-0 in 2003. The Quakers return to action next weekend when they host Cornell and Columbia.
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