Fullerton, Calif. - The Quakers failed to take a set from Big South opponent Liberty on Saturday, as they lost to the Flames 25-15, 25-22, 25-21.
The Red and Blue hit .236 in the match, but were out-dug 47-42 and out-blocked 9-4 in the three sets. Sophomore Lauren Martin had her best match of the early season, hitting .440 with 13 kills and two block assists.
Senior Julia Swanson added ten kills and in the process became just the fifth player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills. She added seven digs as well. Fellow classmate Megan Tryon dished out 40 assists and also achieved a milestone, becoming the fifth Penn setter with 3,000 assists.
The Quakers scored the first two points but an 8-2 run put them down 10-4. Penn got back within three at 11-8 but another run by Liberty put the set out of reach as Liberty won 25-15.
In the second set the two teams traded points early. Tied at 12, four straight by the Flames pushed the advantage to 16-12. The Quakers scored the next three, on back-to-back kills by Martin and a kill by Amanda Pacheco, but couldn't get draw even the rest of the set, losing 25-22.
Tied early on, it was Liberty once again which went on a mini run to turn an 12-11 lead to 15-11 advantage. Penn tried to come back but could never tie the set up as the Flames finished with the 25-21 win.
Freshman Kristin Schoonover had a career-high nine digs, while fellow classmates Kristen Etterbeek and Susan Stuecheli each added seven kills. The Quakes fall to 3-6 with the loss, while Liberty improves to 9-4.
The Red and Blue return to action at 5:30 p.m. pacific when the team concludes its trip out west with a match against BIG EAST foe West Virginia.