Seattle 3, Penn 2
MORAGA, Calif. For the second day in a row, Penn could not hold on to a 2-0 lead, dropping a five-setter to Seattle on the campus of St. Mary’s (CA), 3-2 (23-25, 23-25, 25-18, 32-30, 15-10). The Quakers then ended their California trip with a 3-0 loss to St. Mary's. Penn’s record now stands at 4-8.
Sophomore setter Megan Tryon set a personal best with 56 assists in the loss to Seattle. She now has 384 assists on the season already surpassing her total from last year (366).
Penn had a balanced lineup on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball as four players had double-digits in kills and four reached double figures in digs. Kathryn Turner had the most kills of all players in the match with 17 while Julia Swanson and Elizabeth Semmens each had 16 and Anne Magnuson had 11.
Swanson completed a double-double with 12 digs while Madison Wojciechowski led the Quakers with 23 digs. Freshman Logan Johnson added 16 digs and Shannon Moody had 12.
Turner was the most effective player in the match for Penn, finding her name in all areas of the stat sheet. In addition to her match-high 17 kills, she hit a .519 percentage, committing only three errors on 27 attempts. She also had one of Penn’s three aces in the match along with assisting on two blocks and picking up two assists.
The Quakers trailed throughout much of the first set, falling behind by a score of 15-11 before head coach Kerry Carr called timeout. In fact, besides an early 3-1 advantage, Penn did not lead in the opening frame until taking a 24-23 lead off a Semmens kill. Semmens added another kill on the next point to secure the 25-23 win for Penn.
The second set was a bit more back and forth in the early stages, but Seattle took a 19-11 lead that forced another Penn timeout. On the first point after the stoppage, Turner, one of Penn’s senior leaders, came through with a kill to turn the tide in Penn’s favor. The Red and Blue rattled off eight points in a row to get back in the set. The Quakers took the lead at 22-21 and held off the Red Hawks for the 25-23 win and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The two teams traded the lead in the third set in the beginning portions of the frame before Seattle took the lead for good at 10-9 and got on the board with a 25-18 win.
The fourth set was back and forth throughout, as neither team led by more than four at any point. Things got especially heated late in the set when Seattle took a 24-22 lead. Facing set point, Semmens came through with a kill followed by a Seattle attack error to tie the set at 24-24. Semmens registered another kill to force a Penn match point at 25-24. The Hawks escaped defeat with a Janet Beckerman kill to extend the match, and in fact had set-point of their own after a Kaytlyn Dill kill before Turner knotted things back up with a kill of her own. The match was tied four more times from that point and Penn had two match-point opportunities to seal the win. With the score tied at 30-30, Seattle took advantage of a Swanson attack error and Emily Deleissegues ace to win the set and send the match to a fifth set.
Seattle never trailed in the fifth set, with its lead in danger only once at 4-4 after an Ashley Hawkins kill.
In the nightcap, Penn was defeated by St. Mary's, 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-20). Penn was not able to get on track offensively, hitting at only a .073 clip for the match while the Gaels ended their sweep with a .368 hitting percentage. Megan York was a force for St. Mary's finishing with 16 kills while only committing one error.