It was almost exactly a year ago that the Harvard women's volleyball team was eliminated from the Ivy League tournament with a five-game loss. Sometimes history repeats itself.
Harvard (14-13, 2-5 Ivy) was eliminated from the Ivy League tournament on Friday with a 3-2 loss to Penn (22-8, 5-2) at the Malkin Athletic Center.
With the loss, the Crimson's season also came to an end.
"We had a great season," said Harvard Coach Jennifer Weiss. "I am proud of the entire team."
The Crimson entered the tournament as the No.7 seed and had to face the No.2 seed Quakers in the first round. Harvard, however, was not intimidated by Penn and battled with the Quakers for five tough games.
After four games, the match was 2-2, with the Crimson winning the fourth game to avoid elimination. A spot in the semifinal round was reserved for the winner of the fifth and decisive game.
Penn jumped to the attack early, building a 5-1 lead over the Crimson. Harvard, however, would not see its season end so easily and fought back to a 6-6 tie.
Led by junior Erin Denniston, the Crimson went toe-to-toe with the Quakers. Denniston recorded powerful kills when Penn seemed to be controlling the rubber game and kept Harvard in it until the end.