The first match of the day was against the UMKC Kangaroos. After winning set one, the Red and Blue dropped the following three sets for a final score of 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-19).
Penn had to rally in the first set as UMKC started hot with seven of the first eight points. The Quakers fought to stay alive, rallying to take a 17-16 lead. As a back-and-forth battle ensued, a kill from freshman Arielle Winfield tied the opening set at 22 points. After a UMKC timeout, a kill from sophomore Jasmine DeSilva and attack error by Kangaroo Morgan Voorhes set up the win. Freshman Rachel Baader went behind the line for the game point and served her first ace as a Quaker.
Unfortunately for Penn, they could not keep up with the Kangaroos, who claimed the next three victories.
Penn rested for a few hours before battling host Maryland.
The Quakers hung tight with the Terps for the early stages of the first set, straying within four until a five-point Maryland run resulted in a 24-15 deficit. It was too much to overcome for the Red and Blue and the Terps took set one, 25-17.
The Quakers turned the tables in set two and started the game 3-1. The teams found themselves tied at 11 and sophomore Michellie McDonald-O’Brien took matters into her hands with an attack to push the score in Penn's favor. This time, it was Maryland’s turn to struggle. Four unanswered points followed, resulting in the Red and Blue pushing ahead, 15-11. Penn ended the set with four points in a row -- the last one a kill by Caldwell for a 25-18 first-set win.
The momentum from the second set win could not be sustained. The Quakers were again in a tough battle to regain ground and could not prevail, ending the match with a third and fourth set loss and a final score of 17-25, 25-18, 15-25, 11-25.
Shepherd once again led the team in digs with 20, finished the weekend with a total of 75, and was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Penn will host Delaware on Tuesday September, 10 (7 p.m.) for its first home appearance in the Palestra.