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Penn Defeats Volleyball in Straight Sets

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By Doug Austin
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Philadelphia, Pa. — Holding Dartmouth to a .079 attack percentage, the Penn Quakers swept the Big Green Saturday night in Philadelphia (16-25, 15-25, 22-25). The loss was the 10th straight for the Big Green, dropping them to 2-18 on the season and 1-9 in the Ivy League. Penn improves to 12-9 on the year with a 7-3 Ivy mark.

Tied 7-7 in the first set, the Quakers scored four straight points to force a Dartmouth timeout. The Big Green responded with two points of their own, 11-9 before Penn shut them down with an 8-2 run to go up 19-11. An Alex Schoenberger kill made it 19-14, but that was as close as Dartmouth would come. Penn put the set away, scoring six of the next eight points for a 25-16 win.

Dartmouth led 5-4 in set two before the Quakers scored five straight on the serve of Elizabeth Horner to take a 9-5 lead. Throughout the rest of the frame, the Big Green could only manage to string series of two-and-three points together, no match for the Quakers' big rallies. Dartmouth lost energy as the set progressed, allowing the scoring gap to become wider and wider. The hosts eventually took the game by a 10-point margin, 25-15.

Penn set the tone for the third set with a 4-1 run to open the frame. The Quakers would lead, 9-5 before Dartmouth put together its best play of the night. Five straight Big Green kills from four different players aided in a 7-1 run that gave the visitors a 12-10 lead. The two squads went point-for-point throughout the remainder of the frame, knotting the scoreboard eight times. With the score tied 22-22, Penn tallied the final three points of the match, taking the set, 25-22.

The Quakers outhit the Big Green, .208 to .079 for the match. Three Dartmouth players  - Alissa Santa Maria, Paige Caridi and Holly Harper - reached double-digits in digs. Rookie Caridi also notched a squad-best nine kills and three blocks on the night.

The Big Green return home to Leede Arena next Friday and Saturday, taking on Cornell (Nov. 2; 7 p.m.) and Columbia (Nov. 3; 5 p.m.) in their final home matches of the season.