The "Dig Pink" weekend began in the Quakers, as Penn volleyball fell to Ivy powerhouse Yale on Friday. Swept in three sets, the Red and Blue fought hard against the Bulldogs but were unable to stifle their attack.
The first set saw the Quakers down early, which has been the team's major problem throughout the year. Freshman middle blocker Kendall Covington helped spur a comeback with back-to-back kills, but the defending Ivy champions held on to win the set 25-16. Fellow freshman Emmy Friedler shined at libero, recording seven digs.
The second set looked to be a Quakers' victory when junior setter Alex Caldwell recorded a block assist followed by two serving aces, giving Penn their first lead at 12-11. Penn continued to lead for most of the half due to quality passing, but Yale ultimately bounced back and forced the set beyond 25 points, winning 27-25.
The third set was the Bulldogs' from the beginning, as Penn failed to recover from Yale's early push. Losing the final set 25-17, the Quakers drop to 1-3 in the Ivy League. They will face Brown at the Palestra on Saturday as they wrap up the "Dig Pink" fundraising weekend and finish a long home-stretch.
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