In an electric Ivy League opener, Women’s Volleyball (9–2, 1–0 Ivy) extended its winning streak to six games with a 3–0 win over Penn (1–10, 0–1 Ivy).
The first set was a battle, with volleys back and forth all around. The score was tied at six early on, but then Princeton started to pull away. Soon the score was 15-10 Princeton, leading Penn to call a timeout. Princeton’s lead did not fall below four, with the Tigers claiming the set and taking the 1-0 lead.
The second set started off just as competitive as the first, but the score quickly fell to 14-9 Princeton. With this score change, Penn decided to take a time out. Unfortunately for Penn, it was too little too late, as the score was soon 24-12 Princeton. Princeton then won on a double block by senior right side hitter Avery Luoma and sophomore tackle and right side hitter Mariah Haislip to win the set 25–12.
The third set started the same as the first and second, but the game quickly started to drift away from Penn. The Quakers called a timeout when the score was 13–8 at Princeton but couldn’t stop the bleeding, and the Tigers pulled away easily.
Late in the final set, Penn called a timeout, during which the men’s basketball team pulled out a broom to indicate that Princeton would “sweep” Penn and win the game 3–0. Soon the score was 24 to 12: match point. The match ended with a block from first-year blocker Lucia Scalamandre.
Senior outside hitter Melina Mahood finished with a record 11 kills, while Scalamandre and fellow first-year outside hitter Valerie Nutakor each had nine kills.
After the match, Nutakor told the Daily Princetonian about his state of mind during his very first match with Ivy.
“At first I was nervous because I felt this game would give us an idea of where we stand in the conference, but once [senior libero and captain] Cameron [Dames] highlighted the fact that it’s like any game we’ve had in pre-season, the nerves are gone,” she said.
“I think after the game against Penn, we know what we need to work on and we know what we need from each other to be successful and have fun,” Nukator added.
The women’s volleyball team will face Dartmouth at Leede Arena in Hanover, NH on Friday, September 30 at 7 p.m.
Allison Ha is a sports editor for The Prince. She can be reached at [email protected].