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Penn Hands Volleyball First Ivy League Loss

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By Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. — In their second home match of the season, the Dartmouth volleyball team was swept by Penn, 3-0 in Ivy League play Friday night at Leede Arena (25-20, 25-15, 25-18). The Quakers (6-7, 1-1 Ivy League) have now beaten the Big Green (2-10, 1-1 Ivy Leauge) in twelve consecutive matches, holding a 26-7 all-time advantage in the series.

Dartmouth jumped out to an early 11-6 lead in the first set, but Penn was able to battle back and go point-for-point with the Big Green, finally taking a 20-19 lead that would remain permanent. With help from a pair of service aces by Meghan Connolly, the Quakers were able to take six of the game's final seven points for the 25-20 victory.

Penn looked stronger in the second set, taking a 14-7 lead before Dartmouth started to find a rhythm. After taking a timeout, the Big Green settled down and went on a 4-1 run to pull within five. Rookies Paige Caridi and Allison Brady combined for a big block at the end of the run that made the score 16-11. But the Quakers dominated the final third of the set, eventually winning 25-15.

It looked as though Penn would take the third frame easily, as the visitors came out fighting and gained a 9-3 advantage. The Big Green wouldn't go down without a fight, though, coming up with an 8-3 run that pulled them within a point, 12-11 and forced a Quakers timeout. Penn settled down after the stoppage in play, however, finally pulling away for good with a set of five straight points that brought up match point. Emma White made the match-ending kill for the Quakers on a set from Ronnie Bithers.

Sophomore Alex Schoenberger led the Big Green with 11 kills and 8 digs for the match. Caridi (9 kills, 7 digs) and classmate Kayden Cook (18 assists, 9 digs) were also at the top of Dartmouth's stat sheet.

For Penn, Susan Stuecheli tallied a match-high 13 kills, while Dani Shepherd led all players with 18 digs. Alex Caldwell picked up 12 assists and added eight digs.

Dartmouth returns to the court Saturday to face Princeton in another Ivy League contest. Match time is 5 p.m.