Harvard dropped to 2-4 in the conference with the loss to
the Quakers (Gil Talbot).
PHILADELPHIA – A night after taking league-leading Princeton to five sets, the Harvard women's volleyball team fell, 3-0, to second-ranked Penn Saturday at the Palestra. Harvard falls to 5-13 overall and 2-4 in league action while Penn ups its league mark to 4-1 and its overall record to 8-9.
The hosts sprinted out to a 9-2 lead in the opening stanza and never took their foot off the gas, powering to a 25-9 win in the first set. Another strong start saw the Quakers snatch a 13-0 advantage in the second set, and the Crimson managed just 12 points as Penn grabbed a 2-0 match lead with a 25-12 second set win.
The third set proved to be the most competitive of the three, but the Quakers set the tone early once again, claiming an 11-3 lead. The Crimson was able to take advantage of a handful of Penn attack errors and closed the gap to 20-16, but the hosts righted the ship and closed out the match with a 25-20 third set win.
Mikaelle Comrie led Harvard with six kills and Jennifer Martin and Kelsey Beck each recorded a service ace on the evening. Christine Wu recorded a team-high 13 digs in the loss. Julia Swanson recorded 11 kills and 15 digs in a solid performance for the Quakers, and Lauren Martin added 10 kills and four block assists.
Next up for Harvard is Yale Oct. 22 in a 7 p.m., game, followed by Brown Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. Both games will be played at the Malkin Athletic Center.