Volleyball Drops 3-0 Decision To Santa Clara

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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's volleyball team was unable to overcome poor hitting as they lost to Santa Clara in three sets on Friday evening, dropping the team's record to 9-3.

The Quakers lone bright spot on the front line was freshman Lauren Martin, who had a team high 12 kills and hit .409. Junior Julia Swanson was second on the team with seven kills, and added eight digs and one service ace.

In the first set, Penn jumped out to an early 7-5 lead. It wouldn't last, as the Broncos went on a 10-1 run to grab a 15-8 advantage. The Quakers climbed back within four at 15-11, but consecutive kills by Santa Clara pushed the lead back to six.

Penn was unable to get any closer than four for the remainder of the set, as the Broncos came away with the 25-15 victory.

Santa Clara continued its momentum into the second set, opening a 4-0 lead and pushing the lead to 7-1 before head coach Kerry Carr called a timeout. Penn was still unable to stop the Broncos as they pushed the lead to 17-9.

A kill brought the Red and Blue within seven and sparked a 9-3 run which got the Quakers within two at 20-18. The two teams traded points before a 3-0 run left Santa Clara on the verge of victory with a 24-20 lead. Penn took the next three points, however a kill by Tanya Schmidt ended any chance for a comeback.

In the final set it was Penn who scored early, taking a 3-1 lead. The Broncos came back to tie it at four and then again at six. Santa Clara took its first lead of the set at 8-7 and two teams swapped points before the Broncos scored seven consecutive points to break open a 17-9 lead.

Penn scored four more points the rest of the way, to Santa Clara's eight as the Broncos came away with the 25-13 victory.

Junior Madison Wojciechowski led Penn with 11 digs, while Martin and fellow freshman Amanda Pacheco each had two block assists.

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