Gwin has Memorable Senior Day in Volleyball's 3-0 Win

PHILADELPHIA - Senior Stephanie Gwin chose an appropriate match to establish a career-high in kills, registering 10 on Senior Night in Penn's 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-13) win over Brown in The Palestra on Saturday.

Fellow senior co-captain Kathryn Turner added six kills in her final match at home.

Julia Swanson led all players with 14 kills with only one error on 29 attacks for a hitting percentage of .448. Gwin was also efficient on her swings, committing just one error on her 22 attempts for a .409 hitting percentage.

"I was trying to look at this like any other match," Gwin said, "It was difficult, but I really enjoyed the experience tonight."

After a pre-match ceremony honoring the two seniors, Gwin came out firing, scoring the first point of the match with a kill off a Megan Tryon set. The assist was one of 40 for the sophomore.

"Megan did a really good job of spreading the offense around and finding the open player," Gwin said. "She made it easier for the offense tonight."

Gwin diffused the notion that the underclassman was looking for her senior co-captain on purpose.

"She probably wasn't favoring me," said Gwin. "We wanted a win tonight and whoever wa sin position to help us do that got setup."

Penn only trailed three times in the entire match, once in the first set and twice in the early stages of the middle frame. After knotting the second set at 10-10, Penn scored six of the next seven points to take over the set and push Brown to the brink.

In the third set, Penn made sure that there would be no comeback. Penn never lost the lead in the set, and a six-point swing from 18-12 to 24-12 all but clinched the match. Freshman Virginia Senf sealed the win with an emphatic kill off Tryon's final assist of the match. Natalie Drucker was also instrumental in the final moments of the match, coming off the bench for a block, kill and assist on three plays in a row to help the Quakers to the victory.

Penn finishes its 2008 campaign with a road trip to Princeton on Wednesday at 7 p.m.