Durham, N.C. - The Quakers put a scare into Ohio in the second set but couldn't earn the victory, eventually falling to the Bobcats 3-0 in the first round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship on Friday evening at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Senior Julia Swanson led the Penn attack with 11 kills and also added ten digs for her 18th double-double of the season and the 49th of her career, as the Quakers dropped the match 25-21, 27-25, 25-17.
The loss ends the Red and Blue's season at 17-11 overall while the 22-12 Ohio Bobcats move on to face the winner of Duke/High Point in the second round.
Penn held Ohio to just .185 hitting in the match, well below its season average of .237. Leading the 'D' was senior Madison Wojciechowski, who finished with a team-high 14 digs. She was joined in double figures by Swanson (10) and junior Logan Johnson (10). The Quakers also totaled four blocks, with two apiece coming from Susan Stuecheli and Amanda Pacheco.
The Bobcats recorded 12 total blocks in the match, with six from Katie Post and five from Mandy Nichols. Post was also strong on offense, finishing with 13 kills. Senior Sue Jacobi led the team with a double-double of 16 kills and ten digs.
In the opening set, Ohio started off strong with four of the match's first five points. A long serve cut the Penn deficit to 4-2 and the teams traded points until a kill by Swanson and solo block by Stuecheli put the Quakers back within one at 7-6.
The Bobcats responded with four straight to push their lead to 11-6 and force head coach Kerry Carr to call a timeout. Out of the break, Swanson took a pass from Megan Tryon and placed it in the back left corner of the court to make it 7-11.
A 5-2 run by Ohio put the Red and Blue in a 16-9 hole, but a 'Cat error and a Sarah Cobbinah kill cut the lead to 16-11.
Trailing 19-12, Penn scored three straight to make it a four-point deficit, but Ohio got a kill stopped the run at 20-15. The teams then traded points, leaving Penn up against match point at 24-19 before consecutive kills by Cobbinah made it 24-21, forcing a 'Cat timeout. Out of the break, a kill by Sue Jacobi ended the set with a kill..
The Quakers opened with a 4-3 lead in the second set behind kills from Tryon, Martin and a Stuecheli block. Ohio tied it up and the two teams traded points, until a kill by Tryon gave Penn the 7-6 lead. Following the kill, the 'Cats went on a 5-1 run to take an 11-8 lead and force a Red and Blue timeout.
Out of the break, a kill by Swanson and an attack error put Penn back within one at 11-10. However, three consecutive kills by Jacobi and a block gave Ohio the 15-10 advantage and the Red and Blue called a timeout to try and slow the 'Cats.
Swanson fired two straight kills out of the break to make it 15-12 and then Martin followed with a kill of her own. Katie Post ended the Penn run, but Cobbinah came up with a kill of her own to make it 16-14.
Three straight by Ohio pushed the lead to 19-15, but the Quakers responded with three consecutive points to cut it to 19-18, forcing a 'Cat timeout. An attack error out of the break tied it at 19, but two straight by Ohio made it 21-19.
Consecutive attack errors by the 'Cats tied the set back up at 22, prompting a timeout from the home squad. An attack by Martin went just wide on the next point, but Martin and Stuecheli combined for a block on Jacobi to even it up once again.
Ohio returned the favor with a block of its own to make it 24-23, but Martin responded with a kill to tie it at 24. A block error by Jacobi put Penn up one, though she fired consecutive kills to take back the lead. Michele Jantsch finished off the set with a service ace for the 27-25 win.
In the third set the Quakers found themselves down 5-0 early before kill by Swanson and Ohio attack error put them back within three. The teams traded points until a 3-1 run made it 11-6 and prompted a Penn timeout.
The Red and Blue committed consecutive attack errors for the 13-6 deficit following the break. However, Penn fought back with four straight points to force an Ohio timeout, trailing 13-10.
A 5-2 run by the 'Cats pushed their lead to 18-12 before Martin ended it with a kill. The Red and Blue cut the lead down to five at 18-13 but couldn't get any closer as Ohio scored four straight in finishing out the night with a 25-17 victory in the final set.
Tryon finished the match with 25 assist, six digs and two kills, and Cobbinah contributed five kills after coming off the bench.
Penn graduates six seniors in Britt Danneman, Nicole DeCuir, Emily Ettel, Swanson, Tryon and Wojciechowski, but returns a roster of 16 for next season.
Notes: Penn concludes the year with its third 17-win season in the last four years ... Swanson finished her career with the second most kills and sixth-highest dig total in school history with 1,249 kills and 1,113 digs ... Tryon finished her career with a school-record 3,782 assists ... Wojciechowski concluded her career with an Ivy-record 2,141 digs.