PHILADELPHIA - The Penn Quakers won their home opener for the 2007 season, 3-1 (30-19, 28-30, 30-9, 30-23), over the Temple Owls in the first round of the Sheraton-Penn Invitational. Junior Kathryn Turner led the Quakers (4-4) with 16 kills, good for a .387 hitting percentage. It was the Red and Blue's first victory over the Owls in head coach Kerry Carr's 10-year tenure.
"We were able to outhit them," Carr said of the victory. "We got our blocking game going strong in Game Four. We had strong serving, better passing, and we limited our offensive mistakes."
Penn, which wasalso aided by 14 kills from senior Laura Black and 11 from freshman Julia Swanson, hit .275 for the game, making just 18 errors as a team. "We haven't seen that sort of play in a long time," Carr said.
Penn came out in Game One and benefited from balanced play to take a 30-19 victory over the Owls. Turner, Black, and Swanson each had three kills to lead the team. The Quakers jumped out to a 9-3 lead and never looked back, as a late 5-0 run keyed by two Black kills put the game away.
The Owls came out and grabbed a big lead in the second game, leading as much as 20-12 before the Quakers mounted a furious comeback. Turner, who had five kills in the game, helped Penn tie the score at 24, but the Owls rebounded and pulled out a close 30-28 triumph.
Game Three was all Quakers. Scoring 21 of the lats 25 points, Penn put the Owls away before they knew what had happened. Black had five kills in the game and the Quakers registered four blocks to assert a strong net presence that would carry over into the deciding game.
With a chance to put away the match and even their record at 4-4, the Quakers did not mess around in the fourth game. After going back and forth with the Owls, Penn pulled out to a 16-9 lead and cruised home to the victory. Turner added five more kills and Swanson poured in four, while the Red and Blue rejected three more Temple shots. Turner added two solo blocks to her line for the night.
"Kat was able to adapt to what [the Owls] were doing tonight," Carr said. "She is very good at realizing what she needs to do and figuring out how to get better and stronger as the game goes along."
The Quakers will return to action against Albany at 11 a.m. tomorrow and will do battle with Quinnipiac at 5 p.m. to conclude the tournament.