UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team dropped its first match in the Penn State Classic 3-0 to Marshall. Game scores were 30-20, 30-22, 30-16.
The Thundering Herd (6-3) had command of the match early on,getting out to a 6-1 lead in game one and never looking back.Penn got as close as two points, but Marshall pulled away andhelda lead of eleven late in the game.Four service aces and five blocks were the difference to help the Thundering Herd take the first game.
Penn (1-3) played Marshall tough in the second game. At one point it was tied at eight apiece, and whenever Marshall attempted to pull away the Quakers struck right back. Marshall was also its own worst enemy, committing nine services errors in the game. It was not until late in the game that the Thundering Herd increasedits lead, taking a 26-20 lead thanks to a 6-1 run that put the game away.
Game three was neck and neck to start, thanks to consecutive kills by Linda Zhang and Cara Thomason, but then Marshall went on a 9-2 run that was too much for the Red and Blue to overcome.The Herdhad 16 kills and 14 digs in the 30-16 victory.
Junior Amy Starosta led the Quakers with 12 digs, and senior Michelle Kauffman had a team-high six kills.
The Quakers will play a doubleheader tomorrow, meeting No. 4and tournament hostPenn State at 10 a.m. and Seton Hall at 4 p.m.
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant.