Final Score Penn beats Army . Fans can read the blog below to go through the action. A full recap will appear later.
Penn vs. Army
Greetings from the historic Rec Hall on the campus of Penn State. I'm Ben Stockwell, Athletic Communications Assistant at Penn. I've been with the Volleyball team for the past three days and they look ready to take on Army as we begin action in a few minutes. If you want to following the match through live stats as well as this blog don't hesitate to go the tournament home page here. Otherwise i'll have your starting lineups shorty.
Penn: Britt Danneman, Julia Swanson, Elizabeth Semmens, Megan Tryon, Ashley Hawkins, Lauren Martin, Madison Wojciechowski
Army: Maureen Bannon, Ariana Mankus, Amanda Rowell, Rachel Runn, Francine Vasquez, Liberty McEntee, Brittany Jensen
An interesting start to the match, as the national anthem didn't work so the crowd sang it acapella. We didn't do a bad job either. Penn has some good fan support for the match and will try to match the 100 or so cadets bused in from West Point for the match.
Maureen Bannon serves to start the match for Army, following a good back and forth point. A kill by Swanson gives Penn the early lead, 1-0
Penn is hitting well early but Army won't be going away for sure, 3-2
The Black Knights evened it up at 3-3 but weren't able to take the lead following a service error, 4-3
Semmens powers home her first kill of the evening. These new balls they brought out for the tournament should give her even more power on her attempts, 5-4
A quick run of points, ending in a service ace, puts the Black Knights in front 9-6. Penn calls a timeout to regroup.
Semmens with the kill out of the timeout, 9-7 Black Knights.
Quakers use a nice little run to get back in the match, 10-9, before a Vaquez kill brings the margin back to two.
Penn gets within one on a block and a kill by Swanson, but the Black Knights maintain the lead, 13-12.
Another run of points by Army leaves Penn on the wrong side of a 16-13 score
Army is getting the Quakers out of their offense a bit and following a Penn attack error coach Kerry Carr calls a timeout with her team down 19-14. A great play by Madison Wojciechowski last point as she dove into the scorers table to get the ball over the net, however Penn was unable to capture the point.
The Army block is proving difficult for the Penn attackers and two more points puts them up 21-14.
Wojciechowski is keeping the ball alive on the Quaker side and a run of three Penn points, with kills from Swanson and Semmens brought Penn back within four, 21-17.
The two teams trade a pair of service errors before a bad set by Penn make it 23-18. A long point followed by a four-hit penalty makes it 24-18.
Penn falls in the first set 25-18. The Quakers just looked out of their offense and the Army blockers continue to get a piece of their attempts.
Both teams trot out the same starters for the second set. After the first set, Elizabeth Semmens leads the Penn attack with five kills, while Swanson has three. Madison Wojciechowski has a team-high seven digs.
Tryon starts off the second set with a service ace, but a Army kill evens it at one apiece.
Penn offense looks much better this far, a kill by Martin, just her second of the match gives Penn a 4-2 lead.
Following another Army point Martin kills again, 5-3 Penn. Double contact by Army gives the Quakers a 6-3 lead.
The Quakers stretch their lead to 8-4 on a kill, by Hawkins, her fourth of the evening. It prompts an Army timeout.
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The Quakers look like a different team this set, now up 11-6, make that 12-6 following an Army service error.
A great effort by Lauren Martin to save a ball going out of bounds. It goes straight to Danneman to hits it home for the kill, 14-8 Penn.
Army is keeping themselves in it with two consecutive kills to make it 15-11, still Red and Blue lead.
The Black Knights 5th service error of the match and then a kill by Megan Tryon makes it 18-12.
Three straight points has made it a three point set, however Elizabeth Semmens ends the run with a kill of her own, 19-15.
Moody in for Semmens to serve. Danneman gets the kill following a brief rally. It is now 21-16 Penn.
Following an Army timeout an net violation makes it 22-16. The Penn D has been great this set with the blockers up front and Wojciechowski digging any ball that gets behind.
The two teams trading points, leaving Penn still up 23-18.
A kill by Swanson makes it set point but a mini run by Army makes it 24-20.
Penn takes the set on a attack error. Three things which stand out thus far. Martin has just three kills on nine attempts and I don't expect that number to stay so low. Middle Britt Danneman has quietly had a good game, hitting .500 with four kills and block while Madison Wocjiechowski had ten digs in the second set alone to give her 17 for the match.
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A pretty good crowd thus far. The cadets have been quiet, especially in the second set. Going into the third we'll see if Penn can continue their momentum.
Third set to begin, same starters both teams. Semmens gets a kills to open it up and an attack error by Army make it 2-0 Penn.
The Quakers still leading here 4-3 after an attack error by Martin.
Martin with three kills thus far in the set, matching her total in the previous two. Penn up 7-4.
A run by Army makes it 7-6 before a net violation raised the lead back to two.
The Penn front line, led by Hawkins made two big plays at the net and then a kill by Semmens and an Army attack error make it 12-6.
Semmens continues to make an impact, garnering her 12th kill of the evening to make it 13-9.
A media timeout as Penn leads 15-11. Semmens with 14 kills and nine digs, Danneman got her 5th kill to make it 16-11.
Army timeout as Penn as really stretched the lead and really turing in a good defensive performance, which is leading to solid offense. Out of the timeout Army scores to make it 19-12.
A kill by Danneman and a bad set by Army made it 21-12, for the Quakers biggest lead of the match.
The Black Knights aren't going down quietly, as they have scored a few in a row to put them back within six, 22-16.
A net violation by Army and a Penn kill make it set point, 24-18.
Hawkins ends the set with a kill. The Quakers have found their rhythm. An unsung hero on D thus far has been Mary Russell who had six digs in the third set and now has 13 in the match. She has made more than one diving save of a ball. The frontline of Danneman and Hawkins hasn't gotten many blocks but has affected a lot of shots.
Tryon serves to open the fourth set and Martin kills it for the 1-0 lead, however a service error evens it right back up.
Some good rallies by both teams, Penn up 4-3. Hawkins, Martin and Danneman continue to get just enough of the ball on their blocks to make it an easy dig for Wojciechowski or Russell.
Three straight by the Quakers open it up, 7-3.
Penn continues to play well on defense and has translated that into a powerful offense, as another Semmens kill following a Wojciechowski dig makes it 11-5.
The Cadets have started to make some noise as Army has climbed within two at 12-10.
Solo block by Martin ends the run, however another Black Knight kills makes it 13-11.
Two more points by Army draws them even for the first time since 1-1. The cadets are standing ready to get into the game. However, two straight attack errors put Penn back up 15-13.
That stands are beginning to fill as Penn State fans begin to trickle in. Army is hanging tough but Penn is making it difficult.
Penn now up 20-15, needing five more points for their first NCAA Tournament victory in school history.
The Quakers scored two more straight now lead 22-16. A point by Penn makes it 23-17.
Up 24-16, Semmens closes out the victory 25-16 and Penn advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
A final note before I sign off. Semmens finishes with 22 kills, and 14 digs while Wojciechowski had 28 digs. Check back later for a full recap.