Growing pains are inevitable, and the Red and Blue experienced some in their match-up with the Blue Hens.
The Quakers earned the first point of the match from a block by senior Kendall Turner and junior Alex Caldwell. Penn and Delaware then exchanged points and neither team could extend its lead to more than three. A kill from junior Alexis Genske gave the Red and Blue a 13-12 lead. The Quakers extended their lead to 15-12 after an error by Delaware and a kill from junior Ronnie Bither. The Blue Hens battled back, taking the lead at 17-16 and eventually winning the first set, 25-22.
Freshman Kendall Covington and Caldwell joined up to give Penn a 2-0 lead in the second set. Point one came when Covington and Caldwell paired up for a block, and the second came when Caldwell assisted Covington’s kill. After that, the Red and Blue hit a dry spell as the Blue Hens recorded 10 unanswered points. The eight point deficit was ultimately too great for the Quakers and Delaware finished the second set, 25-9.
After a ten minute break, Penn took the court once again in hopes of another come from behind five-set win. (In the last two matches with Delaware, the Quakers dropped the first two sets but rallied to take the next three and the match win.)
History was not in favor of the Red and Blue this year, as the Blue Hens held a steady lead throughout the third set. Penn tried to stay within reach but Delaware maintained control and won, 25-17.
The Quakers will have one final practice before flying out to California for the Standford Invitational this weekend.