College Park, Md. - The Quakers struggled to get in an offensive flow on Friday night and subsequently failed to take a set from Maryland, falling to the host Terrapins 25-16, 25-19 and 25-15.
Penn hit .139 for the match, but got quality play from sophomore Amanda Pacheco and freshmen Kristen Etterbeek and Susan Stuecheli. Stuecheli had six kills and hit a team-high .600 while Etterbeek and Pacheco paced the Red and Blue with eight kills apiece.
In the first set the Quakers got down 6-2 before a kill by senior setter Megan Tryon cut the deficit to three. Penn got within two again at 9-7 on another kill by Tryon, however a 9-2 run by Maryland put the match out of reach at 18-9. The teams traded points for the remainder of the set as the Red and Blue fell 25-16.
Penn played with the Terrapins throughout much of the second set, even taking a lead at 13-12. The lead was short lived as four consecutive points by the host squad made it 16-13. The Quakers got back within two at 19-17 but couldn't draw any closer, falling 25-19.
In the third set it was Maryland who came out to a 9-5 advantage. The Red and Blue got within three a point later, but wouldn't get any closer at the Terrapins took the final set 25-15.
Senior Madison Wojciechowski collected 22 digs in the loss, while Tryon added 25 assists, six digs and four kills.
The loss drops Penn to 2-2 overall while Maryland improved to 6-1. The Quakers return to the court tomorrow morning when they take on Tulane at 10:30 a.m.