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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's volleyball team ran its record to 4-0, beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3-1 in the first match of the Husky Classic on Friday in Houston, Texas.
The Quakers lost the first set before winning the final three, as seniors Anne Magnuson and Elizabeth Semmens had 17 kills apiece. Magnuson added five block assists, while Semmens had ten digs for the double-double.
In the first set, the Islanders grabbed the early lead before Penn tied it up at seven. It would be the last tie of the set as the Red and Blue couldn't get any closer than one the rest of the way, dropping the first set 25-18.
Penn responded in the second set as the two squads went back and forth, eventually drawing even at ten apiece. A Magnuson kill gave the Quakers an 11-10 lead and spearheaded a 8-1 run, which put the match out of reach at 18-11. The Red and Blue allowed TAMUCC just five more points the rest of the way, winning the set 25-16.
The Quakers and Islanders were tied at four in the third set before Penn took control. The Red and Blue went on a 19-11 run to take a 23-15 lead before TAMUCC mounted a comeback.
The Islanders had a 6-1 spurt of their own to get within two at 23-21, before Penn closed out the set 25-22.
In the final set, neither team could separate themselves by more than two points until a solo block by freshman Amanda Pacheco gave the Red and Blue a 19-16 lead. The block was in the midst of a 5-1 run by the Quakers to take a 21-17 advantage. TAMUCC used a kill to narrow the score to 21-18; however, an Islander attack error and kills by Magnuson, junior Megan Tryon, and Semmens ended the threat as Penn came away with the 25-29 victory.
Tryon had 43 assists, nine digs and four kills for the Quakers. Pacheco finished with five kills and five total blocks as the team tallied 11 blocks overall.
Penn returns to action at 4 p.m. EST, when they square off against 2008 NCAA participant Lamar University.