CHARLOTTE, N.C. The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team returned to action Saturday morning in its first of two matches of the day in the Comfort Suites Invitational. Penn (0-2) lost to North Florida (6-3), 3-0. The Quakers got out to an early lead in game one and gave the Ospreys all they could handle, but dropped the game, 31-29. North Florida won game two, 30-25 and game three, 30-16 to complete the sweep.
In the first stanza, Penn got out to a 5-0 lead thanks to four Osprey attack errors and a kill by sophomore Stephanie Gwin. After a timeout, North Florida clawed back and eventually took a three-point lead mid-way through the game. The Red and Blue trailed 20-14, but fought back thanks to six-consecutive kills (four by Laura Black).
Trailing 28-25, Penn had one more comeback in them. After a North Florida service error, freshman Elizabeth Semmens delivered a kill to make it a one-point game. After the Quakers were called for a ball handling error, Gwin connected on consecutive kills to tie the score at 29 all. The Ospreys put the game away with a kill and a Penn attack error.
The Red and Blue built a comfortable seven-point lead in game two, but allowed the Ospreys to tie the game after three-consecutive kills. Penn did not relinquish the lead until North Florida took a 23-22 advantage, but the Quakers tied the score at 24-24 on a Natalie Drucker kill. The Ospreys scored seven of the final eight points to take game two.
Anna Shlimak led Penn with nine kills and also contributed 10 digs. Elizabeth Hurst (22) and Black (12) also notched double-digits in digs.
The Quakers take on East Carolina Saturday evening at 5 p.m. Click here to view the match on game tracker.