PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers needed four sets but earned their first Ivy League victory of the season in taking down a tough Yale squad 3-1 Friday night at the Palestra.
Penn opened with an early 2-0 lead, winning 25-21 and 25-19, before dropping the third set 25-20. Down in the fourth, the Red and Blue fought back to eventually take the final set 25-22.
Sophomore Amanda Pacheco had a strong all-around match, hitting .370 with 13 kills, five block assists and four digs. Fellow classmate Lauren Martin added 14 kills while senior Madison Wojciechowski chipped in with 30 digs, including 11 in the fourth set.
The Red and Blue were down for much of the first set before finally drawing even at 16. The teams traded points until a kill by freshman Kristen Etterbeek put the Quakers up 19-18. Pacheco then assisted on a pair of blocks as Penn scored three straight for the 22-18 advantage, putting the set out of reach.
A 10-6 lead in the second wouldn't hold, as Yale went on a 9-3 run to take the lead at 15-13. Three straight put the Quakers up 16-15, but consecutive kills by the Bulldogs gave them a one point advantage. A Martin spike tied the score, and the Red and Blue reeled off seven straight, including a pair of kills from freshman Kristen Etterbeek to go ahead 24-17.
Penn stumbled in the third, hitting just .109 and losing 25-20. The Quakers were down again midway through the fourth, before head coach Kerry Carr called a timeout to help her charges regroup. Behind 15-12, the Red and Blue responded out of the break, scoring three of the next four and eventually tying the set at 17. The teams traded points until a Martin kill finally gave Penn the 22-21 advantage. The Quakers wouldn't relinquish lead, as kills by Etterbeek and Pacheco made it 24-21, and two points later, Pacheco finished off the match with her final kill of the evening.
It was a defensive battle as Penn tallied 83 digs and eight total blocks compared to Yale's 92 digs and six total blocks. The Quakers also held In addition to Wojciechowski, Logan Johnson (14) and Julia Swanson (12) each reached double figure dig totals. Pacheco's five block assists were a team-high, while Swanson added four and freshman Susan Stuecheli three.
Tryon did a bit of everything on Friday, finishing with 48 assists, seven digs and five kills, while Etterbeek contributed a career-high 11 kills while hitting .250.
Penn improves to 5-9 overall and 1-1 in the Ivy League with the victory, while the Bulldogs fall to 8-6 overall and 2-1 in the Ancient Eight.
The Red and Blue return to action tomorrow for a battle with Brown at 5 p.m.