Volleyball fights Dartmouth, but Big Green wins

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History PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team put up a good fight for Dartmouth at The Palestra on Friday night, but the Big Green made the moves when they needed to and took a 3-0 decision. The set scores were 30-28, 25-15, 25-21. Penn fell to 2-17 and dropped to 1-8 in Ivy League play. Dartmouth is now 14-5 and remains firmly in the hunt for an Ivy Tournament berth at 6-3. Quaker Notemeal *Sophomore Ella Green led Penn’s attack with a career-high 18 kills. She hit .267 in the night. *Senior Autumn Leak was the only other Quakers player to reach double digits in kills, with 10, when she reached .200. *Senior Elizabeth Ford had a nice night of attack, with seven kills and only one error in 11 attacks for a .545 night. *Freshman Anna Shohfi gave way to Jo Armstrong at the setter and the junior had 34 assists and seven digs overnight. *Freshman Abigail Reid (16 digs) and sophomore Kat Alexander (12) both reached double digits in digs. How it happened Penn used a four-point early run for a 4-1 lead, and for a long time the Quakers had an answer every time the Big Green tried to level up. The lead was up to six (16-10), before Dartmouth racked up five straight runs to get inside one. However, Penn kept the Green at bay and held a 22-19 lead that forced a timeout for Dartmouth. From the break, Dartmouth scored three straight points to tie things up at 22-22, their first draw since 1-1. The teams traded points to 23-23, after which a green offense gave Penn a set point. An Ellie Blain kill made it 24-24, and then an offense by Penn Dartmouth gave a set point. Green saved it with a kill, and after another Big Green run, an Emerson Flornes kill made it 26-26. A Penn service foul was followed by a Leak kill for 27-27, and another service foul was negated by another Leak kill. That meant four set points that Penn had knocked off, but the Quakers couldn’t stave off the fifth as a pair of Bomi Ogunlari kills gave Dartmouth the 30-28 win. Green had nine kills in the set hitting .350, while Leak had five kills hitting .375. Defensively, Reid had nine digs and Alexander eight. The second set was tied, 5-5, as Dartmouth broke out with a six-point run. The series continued to 9-1 to make it 14-6, before Penn cut the margin in half with a four-run run. The teams then traded points for several sideouts, to 18-14, before a Quakers service foul put the Big Green on a 7-1 run to take the set. Ford came in in second and was a perfect 1,000 hit with three kills. Dartmouth held a 9-6 lead early in the third set before a pair of Green kills tied things up 9-9. The Big Green scored four of the next five points to get back to the front, 13-10, and again the teams traded points through several sideouts. It was 18-15 for Dartmouth when the kills by Ford and Green gave Penn a 5-0 run and a 20-18 advantage. The teams traded the next two points, a Green kill that made it 21-19, but that would prove to be Penn’s last point of the night as Dartmouth used three kills and took advantage of three Quakers fouls for the last six points of to win the set and the match. Up Next Penn is back tomorrow night at The Palestra, hosting Harvard at 5:00 PM. The Crimson fell to Princeton on Friday night, 3-1.


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