Newark, Del. - Tied at a set apiece, the Quakers let their late lead in the third set slip away and Delaware took advantage, capturing the final two sets for a 3-1 victory on Saturday night.
Penn won the first set, 25-14 before dropping in the second 25-16. Momentum swung in the third as the Quakers stormed back to tie the third set at 24 apiece, Penn took leads of 26-25 and 27-26, leaving them on the cusp of victory. However, the Quakers couldn't finish off the Blue Hens, as they came back to take the set 29-27. Delaware had little trouble in the fourth, winning 25-15.
Senior Julia Swanson led Penn with 17 kills and also added 13 digs for her third double-double of the season. Freshman Susan Stuecheli hit an impressive .474 with a career-high 12 kills.
In the first set the two teams traded points early. However, Penn took grasp of the set with an 8-2 run to go up 21-11. Delaware couldn't mount a comeback, as the Quakers won 25-14.
The Blue Hens rebounded in the second set, taking an early lead with five straight points for the 9-4 advantage. The Red and Blue scored two of the next three to get within four at 10-6, but it would be as close as the team would get, falling 25-16.
Penn stayed close to Delaware in the third, before a 5-0 run turned an 11-12 deficit into a 16-12 lead for the Blue Hens. The Quakers didn't panic and scored nine of the next 12 points to pull ahead in the match 20-19. The teams traded the next few points, until consecutive errors put Penn in a 24-23 hole.
A block and kill on consecutive points by sophomore Amanda Pacheco put the Red and Blue in position to win, though a kill by Delaware tied it back up. Another Pacheco kill made it 26-25; however the Blue Hens managed three of the last four points for the 29-27 victory.
In the final set the Quakers found themselves down 10-4. Penn got back within two at 13-11, however seven straight made it 20-11 and Delaware captured the 25-15 victory.
Senior Madison Wojciechowski led the defensive effort with 24 digs, while four different players added two total blocks. Pacheco was Penn's third player with double-figure kills, hitting .429 to go with her 11 kills.
The Quakers drop to 4-7 with the loss, while Delaware improves to 11-4 with the victory. Penn returns to action when it hosts Princeton, Friday at 7 p.m., in the Ivy opener for both teams.