PHILADELPHIA The Penn volleyball team earned its second straight sweep of an Ivy League opponent, defeating Columbia 3-0 (30-9, 30-21, 30-21). Penn (8-6, 2-1) recorded an impressive .465 hitting percentage while holding the Lions (3-11, 0-3) to just .017.
The Quakers started out slowly in the first game, as the score was tied at 5-5 early. After that, though, it was all Quakers. The team went on a 25-4 run, finishing the game on an 8-1 streak. Senior Anna Shlimak pounded home four klls in the game and junior Kathryn Turner had three kills and two block assists. Penn recorded an impressive .632 hitting percentage, counted by a -.139 mark for Columbia.
Turner continued to lead the Penn offensive attack in the second game, slamming in seven kills on nine tries. Senior Linda Zhang kept the team from letting Columbia back in with consecutive service aces, and the Quakers took the second game, 30-21. Several key digs prevented the Lions from registering any blocks, while the Red and Blue rejected two shots in the first game and one in the second.
The third game was more of the same, as Turner powered home seven kills, giving her 17 for the match to lead all scorers. Natalie Drucker added three as the Quakers put Lions away with another 30-21 victory.
The Quakers are next in action next Friday when they host Brown at the Palestra at 7 p.m. They will also face Yale next weekend, a 4 p.m. match on Saturday afternoon.