Anne Carroll Ingersoll picked up 12 kills for the Crimson against Penn (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team squared off against the second-ranked team in the Ivy League in Penn but could not figure out the Quaker offense, dropping a 3-0 decision Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center. Harvard dips to 8-17 on the year and 5-8 in the Ivy League while Penn improves to 10-2 in league play and 14-10 overall.
Two quick points by the hosts put Harvard out 2-0 to start the match but Penn steadily worked its way into the lead, forcing a Crimson timeout with the score 13-9 in the first. Up 20-14, the Quakers had trouble putting away the Crimson as Harvard got to within one at 23-22 and again at 24-23. Kills by Amanda Pacheco and Julia Swanson sealed the first stanza, 25-23 for the guests.
The second set was close through the midpoint of the frame but turned Penn's way towards the end. Clutching a slim 16-15 lead, the Quakers put together a 9-3 run to close out the set 25-18 to go up 2-0 for the match. The third set stayed close from start to finish as Harvard took advantage of a handful of Penn miscues to knot the score at 22-22 and against at 23-23. A pair of untimely errors by the Crimson swung the final two points to the guests and Penn took the final set, 25-23, and the match by a 3-0 final.
Anne Carroll Ingersoll fronted the Crimson attack with 12 kills on the night and added five total blocks to her effort. Mikaelle Comrie added nine kills for Harvard and assisted on four blocks. Teresa Skelly and Sandra Lynne Fryhofer also collected four block assists apiece and Christine Wu chipped in 22 digs in the loss. Swanson and Pacheco led the Quakers with 13 kills apiece with Pacheco hitting .400 for the match.
Harvard closes out its regular season schedule tomorrow afternoon against Princeton in a 5 p.m., showdown. Before the game, Harvard will recognize its two seniors, Mikaelle Comrie and Miyoko Pettit, in a senior day ceremony.