Penn-Stony BrookBox Score
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Penn volleyball team dropped the final twomatches of the Seton Hall Tournament, losing to Fairfield and Stony Brook to drop to 0-3 in the earlygoings of the season. The Quakers were outlasted in a closely contested showdown with Fairfield on Saturday afternoon at the Seton Hall Tournament, falling 3-1 (31-33, 33-31, 30-27, 30-27). They followed that up with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Stony Brook (29-31, 17-30, 30-22, 30-24, 15-9).
The day started on a good note for the Red and Blue, as they rebounded from an early 15-9 deficit to secure a 33-31 victory in the first game against Fairfield. Sophomore Jesse Yeager led all players with a .429 hitting percentage in the game. After the Stags had tied the game at 31, Yeager regained the serve for the Quakers with a kill set up by freshman Megan Tryon, and the Quakers claimed the game a point later.
The tight play continued in the second game, as neither team could establish greater than a three-point advantage. Senior Laura Black, who slammed home eight kills during the game,came through in the clutch to tie the score at 30, but the Quakers could not repeat theirheroics from the first game and fell, 33-31.
Black added five kills in the third game, in which a late Quakers charge fell short as the Stags scored the game's last three points to win 30-27. An identical 30-27 score won the fourth game for Fairfield, sending the Quakers to their second loss of the season.
Despite the loss, the Quakers saw impressive performances from Black, Yeager and Tryon. Black recorded 20 kills, just two short of tying her career high. Yeager, who did not play as a freshman, added a personal-best 10 kills. Tryon, playing just her second collegiate match, collected an impressive 53 assists in the match.
Returning to the Walsh Gymnasium floor at 4:30, the Quakers faced Stony Brook as they tried to salvage awin from their season-opening tournament. The match started off well, as the Quakers outlasted the Seawolves to earn a 31-29 victory in Game One. The game was close throughout, but sophomore Anne Magnuson connected on one of her two kills to give Penn the victory.
Holding a 1-0 lead in the match, Penn ran away and hid in the second game. The Quakers jumped out to a 7-1 lead and never looked back. Black recorded six of her team-high 16 kills in the second game, good for a .500 hitting percentage.
Stony Brook grabbed the momentum in the third game, taking down the Red and Blue, 30-22. Kathryn Turner, who was second on the team with 12 kills during the match, knockedhome four kills as the Quakers fell short in their comeback effort.
The Seawolves won the fourth game 30-24 behind a 7-2 game-ending run to set up the deciding fifth game. Despite five kills by Black over the final two games, the Quakers could not finish the job and fell, 15-9, in the final game.
The Quakers will be back in action next Friday at American University in Washington, D.C. In the first round of the American Volleyball Tournament, they will face Lafayette at 11 a.m. at Bender Arena. At 4:30 that afternoon, they will square off with Army.