HOUSTON, Texas-The Penn women's volleyball lost its first match of the season, falling 3-0 to Lamar on Friday evening.
The loss drops the Quakers to 4-1 on the season. Elizabeth Semmens posted her third consecutive double-double and fourth of the season, with 13 kills and ten digs to lead the team.
Penn and Lamar traded points in the first set, until a 4-0 run put the Quakers up 10-6. The Cardinals responded, going on a 4-0 run of their own to even up the score. Neither team was able to break away, until a 5-0 run by Lamar turned an 18-15 deficit into a 20-18 advantage.
The Red and Blue tied it up at 20, however, Lamar took five of the final seven points for the 25-22 win.
In the second set Penn started off strong, opening up leads of 10-2 and 13-4. The Cardinals came back once again, cutting the lead to 18-11 before a 9-0 run put them ahead.
Consecutive kills from freshman Sarah Cobbinah and junior Britt Danneman tied the score at 20, however another late set rally left the Red and Blue on the wrong side of a 24-20 score. Penn lost the set 25-21.
Both teams continued their even play into the third set, as neither could open a lead greater than four. Penn trailed for the majority of the set before drawing even at 17 and then again at 20.
For the third time in as many sets, the Cardinals took control, winning five of the final eight points for the 25-23 win and three set victory.
Senior Ashley Hawkins and freshman Lauren Martin had nine kills apiece for the Quakers, while junior Megan Tryon dished out 39 assists.
Penn returns to competition on Saturday when they match up against Cal State Bakersfield at 11 a.m. EST.