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TOWSON, Md. - The Penn women's volleyball team saw its win streak snapped at four, as George Washington defeated the Red and Blue 3-0 on Saturday afternoon at the Towson Invitational.
The Colonials improve to 7-4 with the win, while Penn drops to 8-2 on the year. Despite the loss, the Quakers finished the Invitational in second place with a 2-1 record and placed freshman Lauren Martin and junior Madison Wojciechowski on the all-tournament team.
Martin had 11 kills against GW and was the only Penn athlete to register double-digit kills in all three matches, finishing with 37 (3.08) while also hitting a team high .290. Wojciechowski had 65 digs (5.33) for the Quakers on the weekend, including 16 against the Colonials.
George Washington came out strong, opening a 6-1 lead to begin the first set. A Colonial attack error narrowed the lead to 6-2, though three straight points gave them a 9-2 lead and prompted a Penn timeout.
The Quakers responded with a kill from Martin following the break to make it 9-3, and then went on a 5-2 run to get within three at 11-8. After trading points, Penn was within three at 12-9, however it would as close as they would get.
GW went on a 9-2 run to stretch the lead to ten, 21-11 and pushed it to 11, at 23-12 and 24-13. An Ashley Hawkins kill make it 24-14, but the Colonials ended with the 25-14 win.
In the second set, the Red and Blue saw an early 2-1 lead evaporate as an 8-3 run by George Washington provided the Colonials a 9-5 advantage. Penn got within two at 9-7, and again at 13-11 on a Semmens kill. Five consecutive points by GW stretched the lead to 18-11. The two teams traded points the remainder of the set as the Colonials came away with the 25-18 victory.
The Quakers fell behind early once again in the third set, 4-1, but stayed close, dropping the lead to two at 8-6 and 10-8. A kill by Hawkins made it 12-10 and sparked 3-0 run, evening the score at 12 apiece.
GW scored four straight to push the lead to 16-12 but Penn wouldn't go away, tying it at 16 and again at 17 before taking its first lead of the set at 18-17, off a Natalie Drucker kill. A Colonial attack error pushed the lead to 19-17; however a 4-0 run gave GW back the lead and prompted a Quaker timeout.
An Elizabeth Semmens kill tied it up at 21 following the timeout, and the teams traded points, until it was even at 23. Penn's efforts to send the match to a fourth set fell short, as two consecutive attack errors gave the Colonials the 25-23 win.
Drucker has a strong game in the middle for the Quakers, as she hit .455 with six kills while also recording two block assists. Junior Megan Tryon had a team-high 29 assists and added six digs.
Penn looks to rebound next Friday and Saturday when the Red and Blue play host in Holiday Inn HD Tournament, featuring Albany, Santa Clara and St. Francis (Pa.).
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