Volleyball Comes Up Short against Santa Clara

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – In the first of three matches on the West Coast, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team fell in three to Santa Clara Friday evening in the Leavey Center, 3-0 (22-25, 12-25, 19-25). After a tightly contested first set, the Quakers (2-3) came up short but will now switch their focus to the upcoming matches against No. 1 Stanford and No. 20 Duke.

A pair of kills by junior Alex Caldwell and freshman Aimee Stephenson gave the Red and Blue the first two points of the match. The Broncos came back to take a 5-3 lead, but a kill by senior Kendall Turner, an attack error by Santa Clara, and a service ace by sophomore Rachel Baader put Penn back in the lead. A kill by junior Ronnie Bither made the score 16-14 and the Broncos called the first timeout of the set. After a kill by Santa Clara, the teams exchanged errors and the score was tied at 17-17. From there, the Broncos took the reins and held on tight, winning set one 25-22.

Santa Clara maintained momentum and rattled off seven unanswered points in the second set. The Quakers slowly added points, but the Broncos took set two quickly, 25-12.

Penn and Santa Clara exchanged points to begin the third set but a kill by the Broncos gave them a lead that they would maintain throughout the duration of the match. At 23-15, the Quakers added three points from a kill by Bither and two Santa Clara errors. Three volleys later, the Broncos put down the winning kill, 25-19.

Caldwell led the offensive efforts, hitting .429 with seven kills. She also contributed 10 assists and two blocks.

Penn continues play in the Stanford Invitational tomorrow when the Quakers take on the Cardinal at 11 a.m. The Red and Blue’s final contest in California is against the Blue Devils at 5 p.m. Matches are Pacific Time.

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