Volleyball Drops Three-Setter to Delaware

Penn-Delaware Box Score (pdf)

PHILADELPHIA - In its final non-conference game of the regular season, Penn was able to try out a few new looks and give some players valuable game experience, but the finalresult wasa 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 setback to the Delaware Blue Hens on Saturday afternoon inside The Palestra.

Emma White and Dani Shepherd tied for a game-high 19 digs in the match. Offensively, Kristen Etterbeek was the lone Quaker to reach double figures in kills with 11. Receiving her most significant playing time of the season, junior Hilary Ash recorded a career high 21 assists.

The first set began a pattern that was followed for much of the match. Penn fell behind early on 7-3 with White providing the only kill in that sequence. The Quakers battled to stay within striking distance but it wasn't until late that they forced the first tie of the set at 23-23 off consecutive kills from Etterbeek and Susan Stuecheli. With White serving, Delaware earned a side out and served an ace on match point to go up 1-0.

The Red and Blue couldn't get the offense in gear in the second set, hitting just .048 as a team, much of that due to Amanda Pacheco. Pacheco had kills on all three of her attacks in the second and was the only Quaker above .000. Although the set was tied three times early on, a five-point burst from Delawareextended a 16-13 lead up to 21-13 and gave the Blue Hens all the room they would need to go up 2-0 entering the break.

With Ash serving to begin the third, Penn went up 2-0 off a Pacheco kill and a Delaware attack error, however those would be the last Quaker points until they trailed 6-2. The lead crested at 16-8 in favor of the Blue Hens when Penn began to chip away. Two attack errors from Delaware combined with a White kill and a ball handling error quickly got the Quakers back in the set at 16-12 before the Blue Hens could side out. Down 21-15, Penn cashed in seven of the next eight points to tie the score at 22-22, the first tie since it was 2-2. The squads alternated side outs over the next three points to put Delaware back in front at 24-23 with a match point, where a ball handling error was called to end the match.

Penn (4-7, 0-1 Ivy) will look to regroup next week when Dartmouth and Harvard come to town for the first home Ivy League matches of the season. Friday's meeting with the Big Green is scheduled for 7 p.m. while the Crimson visit at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Download: Delaware-Penn Box.pdf