Irvine, Calif - The Quakers came to play on Saturday night, challenging 13th-ranked UCLA in each of the first two sets, before the Bruins settled down to take the match in straight sets.
The Red and Blue nearly took a set from UCLA, but couldn't score an upset, falling 25-22, 25-21, 25-11. The Quakers were led by their trio of senior starters, Julia Swanson, Megan Tryon and Madison Wojciechowski. Swanson had a double-double with a team-high 11 kills and ten digs. Tryon dished out 24 assists with six digs, while Wojciechowski led the defensive effort with 20 digs.
The Red and Blue were doubled up 6-3 early, but came back to knot the first set at nine apiece. The teams traded points until three straight made it a 15-12 UCLA. The Quakers showed their resolve, reeling off five straight points, four on kills by Julia Swanson, to take a 17-15 lead.
The Bruins scored the next two to drawn even at 17, but Penn stayed close, tying it at 18 and again at 19. UCLA finally broke away with four consecutive points for the 23-19 advantage before taking the set 25-22.
In the second, the Quakers once again refused to let the Bruins get out to a big lead, coming back from a 7-4 deficit to tie it at seven. Even at ten, it was the Red and Blue who scored four of five for the 14-11 lead. UCLA responded with a 7-1 run to take back the advantage and finished the set with a 25-21 victory.
Penn tied the final set at four on a kill from sophomore Amanda Pacheco, however five straight made it 9-4. A Bruin attack error momentarily halted the run, but a 12-3 streak by UCLA put the set out of reach as the Quakers lost 25-11.
Pacheco hit a team-high .333 with five kills and two total blocks to aid the effort, while freshman Kristen Etterbeek was solid with five kills, four digs and two total blocks.
The Quakers hit .168, registered five total blocks and 48 digs as they saw their record fall to 3-5 on the season. The Bruins, meanwhile, improve to 9-1 with the victory.
The Red and Blue return to action Saturday morning to take on Liberty at 10:30 a.m. pacific. The Flames beat Ivy rival Yale Friday afternoon in three close sets, 27-25, 25-15, 25-21.