Volleyball Drops Five-Set Heartbreaker to San Francisco

San Francisco 3, Penn 2

SAN FRANCISCO - Penn jumped out to an early 2-0 lead over San Francisco on Friday evening, but could not hold off the Dons, dropping a 3-2 (23-25, 20-25, 25-10, 25-13, 15-6)heartbreaker in California. With the loss, Penn's record drops to 4-6.

Julia Swanson recorded a double-double for the Quakers, picking up 13 kills and 14 digs. Kathryn Turner added nine kills and Elizabeth Semmens registered seven to propel an offense that was in a groove early, but sputtered in the late stages of the match.

San Francisco was paced by Carly Babin and Sarah Mandala. Babin had a team-high 19 kills - with a hitting percentage of .567. She also was a force on the defensive end, blocking 15 total shots (two solo). Mandala had 14 kills and 10 block assists.

The match seemed to be squarely in Penn's favor after the Red and Blue took the first two sets, but a 10-point run at the beginning of the third set gave the Dons an 11-1 lead that they never gave up. USF led by as much as 16 in the third frame, pulling away for a 25-10 win that got the Dons back on track in the match.

The momentum carried over into the fourth set as USF staked itself to a 6-0 lead, taking control of the set early. Haley Carrol had four service aces in the 6-0 run, finishing with five aces in the match. USF never trailed in the set, forcing the fifth and deciding set.

In the final set, the Dons again caught fire early, taking a 4-0 lead before Penn called a timeout. The Quakers were not able to gain an advantage in the final set, climbing only as close as 12-6 before USF closed things out with a block from Addie Webster and Erin Bragg for the 15-6 win.

Penn is back in action twice on Saturday, taking on Seattle (10 a.m. P.S.T.) and St. Mary's (7 p.m. P.S.T.) at St. Mary's.