DURHAM, N.C. -- Ohio's duo of Sue Jacobi and Katie Post proved too much for Penn in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship as the Quakers fell 21-25, 25-27, to the Bobcats Friday in Cameron Indoor Stadium on the campus of Duke University.
Jacobi tallied a match-high 16 kills and Post chipped in 13 for the Bobcats (23-12) who will advance to play the winner of No. 12 seed Duke and High Point.
Penn, the 2010 Ivy League Co-Champion along with Yale, closes out the season with a 17-11 overall record.
The Quakers struggled offensively from the start against Ohio's size in the front line, hitting just .052 for the match. Normally efficient Julia Swanson and Lauren Martin finished with 11 and nine kills, respectively, but both hit just over .100.
After an early deficit to start the match, Penn rallied with back-to-back points on a Swanson kill and a Susan Stuecheli block to cut Bobcat lead to 7-6. But Ohio rolled out four straight points to go ahead 11-6 and force a Quaker time out. Trailing 24-19, Penn staved off two set points on back-to-back kills by Sarah Cobbinah, forcing a Bobcat timeout, but Ohio came back with a kill by Jacobi to take a 25-21 win.
Ohio broke open an 8-8 tie in the second set with a 7-2 run, but the Quakers came out of a timeout with three straight points, making it 15-13 midway through. Three Ohio attack errors and one Swason kill tied the set, 19-19. Penn tied the set again at 22-22 and 23-23, the latter on a huge block by Martin. The Quakers avoided match point again on a kill by Martin, taking a 25-24 lead, their first since leading 6-5 early. But Jacobi came up big once again for the Bobcats, recording a pair of kills before a service ace by Michelle Jantsch gave Ohio the set, 27-25.
The Bobcats opened the third set with four straight points before a kill by Swanson broke the streak. But, despite cutting the deficit to two at 7-5, Penn would get no closer for the remainder of the set as a block by Post and Mandy Nichols served as match point, 25-17.