Volleyball Drops First Match of Big 5 Tournament

PHILADELPHIA – In the first match of the Big 5 Tournament, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team lost in straight sets to Villanova, 3-0 (20-25, 18-25, 21-25). Leading the way for the Quakers was junior captain Alexis Genske with 12 kills. Junior Ronnie Bither contributed 19 assists while freshman Emmy Friedler posted 14 digs. The Red and Blue totaled seven team blocks.

After dropping the first two sets, the Quakers took the court for set three and pulled ahead for the first time in the match. A block by seniors Kendall Turner and captain Trina Ohms gave the Red and Blue an early 3-1 lead. Penn maintained the two-point margin until the Wildcats went on a four-point run. Kills from Turner, freshman Kendall Covington, and freshman Aimee Stephenson combined for three-straight kills to put them within one, 13-12. Villanova responded with three points of its own to keep the Red and Blue at bay. Down 23-17, Penn put one last rally together, scoring three points from kills by Caldwell and Ohms and a block from Turner and Genske. A Wildcat timeout switched momentum, and Villanova tallied the last point of the match, 25-21.

With a big crowd on hand supporting the team, the Quakers looked for potential moments to swing momentum into their favor throughout sets one and two. The Red and Blue rallied for points, but the Wildcats always found a way to strike back and stay ahead. Villanova took set one, 25-20, and set two, 25-18.

Penn will be back in action tomorrow, first taking on La Salle at 1 p.m. The Quakers close out the Big 5 Tournament with Temple at 7 p.m.

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