SOUTHORANGE, N.J. - The Penn volleyball team opened its 2007 campaign at the Seton Hall Tournament,falling to the host Pirates, 3-1 (30-18, 24-30, 30-28, 30-23). The Quakers fell to 0-1, while the Pirates improved to 5-3.
The Quakers’ offense was led by senior Anna Shlimak and freshman Julia Swanson, who each registered eight kills. Swanson, in her first collegiate match, recorded a .318 attack percentage, but the team’s .188 mark was not enough to hold off the Pirates attack.
Sophomore Nicole Drucker, who led the team last season with 86 blocks, picked up right where she left off with nine blocks against the Pirates to tie a career high. Senior Linda Zhang led the team with 19 assists, followed closely by freshman Megan Tryon who set up 18 successful attacks.
In the first game, Seton Hall busted open a 6-5 game with a 12-2 run. Down 18-7, the Quakers called timeout to regroup, but were unable to overcome the Pirates’ pressure as they registered a 12-point victory.
The Red and Blue responded with a 30-24 victory in the second game. Despite falling behind 5-1 and 15-11, the Quakers scored 10 of the game’s last 12 points to secure the victory. Swanson contributed two kills during the run.
Game three proved to be the tightest of the night. The lead alternated back and forth throughout, with the Quakers tying the game at 28 before the Pirates closed the game out with two straight points to take a two games-to-one lead. Sophomore Anne Magnuson, who contributed six kills on the night, poured in four of those during the tense third game.
After coming up just short in the third game, the Quakers were unable to muster an answer in the fourth and final game. Kathryn Turner, who notched seven kills on the evening, had three during the deciding contest.
The Quakers will be back in action Saturday in a doubleheader on the second day of the Seton Hall Tournament. They will face Fairfield at noon and Stony Brook at 4 p.m. at Walsh Gymnasium.