UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team lost its final match of the Penn State Classic 3-1 to Seton Hall. Game scores were 30-21, 30-32, 30-22 and 30-20 in the Pirates' favor.
The Quakers (1-5) dropped game one 30-21, and were hurt by six service errors. Both teams were almost even in kills, and sophomore Linda Zhang had nine assists to get the Penn attack started.
The Quakers fought back in game two from down seven to tie the game at 29-all, as Amy Starosta and Cara Thomason combined for five services aces to help get the Red and Blue back into the game.Penn then took the 30-29 lead on a Seton Hall attack error. The Pirates’ Allison Scholl answered back with a kill, but a Zhang kill and a reception error by Seton Hall gave the Quakers the 32-30 win.
Penn trailed early in game three, but managed a 5-0 run to tie it at 7-7.The teams then stayed even until the Red and Blue took a brief 13-12 lead.However, it was all Seton Hall the rest of the game -- the Pirates had a lead as big as six at one point and never let Penn get closer than five points.The Quakers committed 14 services errors in the game, while Seton Hall had seven services aces.
In game four Penn took an early 8-6 lead, then allowed the Pirates to take a 10-8 lead. Penn managed to tie it at 11 apiece, and took one more lead at 16-15, but that would be the Quakers'last lead. Seton Hall took the lead for good and ultimately won the match.
For the Quakers, Zhang had 41 assists, her highest output of the tournament.Cara Thomason and Kathryn Turner combined for 26 of the Quakers 55 kills, and Thomason and Elizabeth Hurst had 16 digs each.
Next weekend Penn will host the Sheraton-Penn Invitational. On Friday,the Quakers play St. Francis (N.Y.) at 3 p.m. and Towson at 7:30 p.m.On Saturday,the Quakers play Canisius College at 12:30 p.m. and Pepperdine at 5:30 p.m.
Written by Matt Kirsch, athletic communications assistant.