Women's Volleyball Has Win Streak Halted at Penn
Double-doubles by Kinsella and Schmidt could not put the Crimson past the Quakers (Gil Talbot).
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Harvard women's volleyball team had its three-match win streak snapped Friday night as Penn swept the visiting Crimson, 3-0. The Quakers earned the victory by set scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 26-24.
Kathleen Wallace registered a team-high 12 kills for Harvard (8-12, 5-4 Ivy League) while adding seven digs. Erin Cooney and Taylor Docter contributed eight kills and seven kills, respectively, as Docter also notched 18 digs to pace the defensive efforts. Beth Kinsella (16 assists, 17 digs) and Hannah Schmidt (13 assists, 12 digs) recorded a pair of double-doubles in the loss with Kristen Casey chipping in 17 digs.
Emma White led Penn (11-9, 6-3 Ivy League) with a 13-kill, 19-dig performance. Six Quakers recorded at least six kills in the win while five notched at least 10 digs.
Penn jumped out to a commanding 12-4 lead in the first and led by as many as nine points, 21-12, en route to the 25-17 victory. The second set followed a similar storyline as the Quakers scored the first six points of the frame. Harvard pulled to within three, 6-3, following a Cooney kill but came no closer and eventually fell, 25-19.
The Crimson had an opportunity to get back into the match in the third set and took a 10-7 lead off back-to-back kills from Docter and Jennifer Shults. A block by Wallace and Caroline Walters extended the margin to five points, 15-10, before a 9-2 run put the Quakers back in front, 19-17. Harvard fought back to tie the score four times down the stretch, but Penn took the final advantage to earn set point, 26-24.
Harvard will be back in action tomorrow in Princeton, N.J. as it takes on the Tigers at 5 p.m.