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Tall women from Penn serve up a setback

Harvard middle hitter Mariah Pospisil ’04 (right) goes for a kill as Kaego Ogbechie ’05 makes her way to the net. (Staff photo by Ruby Arguilla)

Pennsylvania’s women’s volleyball team continued its hassling of the Crimson this past Saturday (Nov. 9) at the Malkin Athletic Center (MAC), sweeping the Harvard hitters in three games: 30-15, 30-14, 30-21. The shutout marks Harvard’s second defeat of the season against the Quakers – who endure as the only Ivy team to earn a pair of wins over the Crimson this year. With the loss, Harvard (13-10, 9-3) drops to second place in league standings, while the Quakers (19-4, 9-3) climb to the No. 1 spot.

Penn’s solid floor defense limited Harvard’s attackers to single digits. Sophomore Pernilla Schweitzer notched nine kills and seven digs in the losing effort, while Kaego Ogbechie ’05 – averaging 4.61 kills to lead Harvard’s offense – posted nine kills. Senior captain Mindy Jellin made her final home match count collecting 27 assists and 14 digs. She’d posted a whopping 59 assists and eight digs in a 3-2 loss to Princeton on the previous day.

In the end, the Blue and Red’s offense proved too hot, with the visitors producing three players in double-digits in the kills category.

Still in the hunt, Harvard must win its remaining road games against Cornell and Columbia (Nov. 15 and Nov. 16, respectively) for a shot at the title, while, complicating matters, Penn must drop at least two of its last three outings. The Crimson ballers last won it all in 1997.