College Park, Md. - The Quakers failed to take a set on Saturday morning at the Terrapin Invitational, falling to Tulane 25-13, 26-24 25-16.
Senior Megan Tryon had 27 assists and ten digs in the loss, while freshman Susan Stuecheli continued her strong play at the net with seven total blocks and four kills while hitting .273.
The Red and Blue played even with the Green Wave through the match's first 12 points. Six consecutive points by Tulane make it 12-6 and Penn wouldn't get any closer than five the rest of the way, dropping the set 25-13.
The second set started the same as the first with both teams even at six. The teams traded points throughout the set until a kill by sophomore Lauren Martin and a Green Wave attack error gave Penn a 21-19 lead.
Another Tulane attack error pushed the Quaker advantage to three. However, four straight points by the Green Wave turned the tide, putting in a 23-22 deficit. A kill by Stuecheli and a Tulane attack error put the Red and Blue on the cusp of victory at 24-23, though three straight points by the opposition made it a 26-24 victory.
In the final set Penn once again kept it close early with consecutive kills by senior Julia Swanson cutting the Tulane lead to 11-10. The Green Wave responded with a 7-0 run and the Quakers fell in the third, 25-16.
Swanson, Martin and middle blocker Amanda Pacheco each had seven kills to pace the Red and Blue. Pacheco also hit .417, while senior Madison Wojciechowski contributed 12 digs.
Penn plays its final match of the Terrapin Invitational today at 4:30 when the team matches up with Fairfield. A full recap will appear after both matches have concluded. To follow the second match click here to access live stats.