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PHILADELPHIA - Penn opened its season with a win on Friday night at the Palestra, taking down fellow Big 5 foe Temple in a hard fought five set match, 3-2.
The Quakers won the first two sets before the Owls stormed back to take the next two; however, in the final set it was the home team that came away victorious. Junior Julia Swanson led the Red and Blue attack on the evening as she finished with 24 kills and seven digs.
The first set saw a back and forth affair as neither team could pull away early. However, midway through the set, the Quakers went on an 11-3 run to take a 21-13 lead. Penn held on for the 25-19 first set win.
In the second set, it was Temple who came out the aggressor, taking leads at 18-12 and again at 23-19. Not to be denied, the Red and Blue stormed back, taking the final six points of the set to clinch a 25-23 win and a 2-0 lead.
The Owls started strong once again and this time wouldn't relinquish the lead as they hit .343 with 13 kills and one error on the way to a 25-17 win in set three.
In the fourth set, the teams were unable to distance themselves from each other early. Temple took its largest lead of the set at 17-14 and didn't look back, leading again at 24-21 before closing out with the 25-22 victory.
The final set saw ten lead changes as the teams battled back and forth. The Owls, looking for the comeback win, took a 13-11 lead and moved within a point of victory at 14-12. However, an errant Temple serve cut the lead in half and head coach Kerry Carr sent in sophomore Logan Johnson to serve.
Johnson, making her first appearance of the evening, hit two consecutive aces for the 15-14 lead, putting Penn on the verge of victory. The Red and Blue then captured the final point of the set for the 16-14 win.
In addition to Swanson, seniors Elizabeth Semmens and Ashley Hawkins also registered double digit kills, with 17 and 10 respectively. Junior setter Megan Tryon dished out 60 assists to go with 10 digs, while classmate Madison Wojciechowski added a team high 23 digs.
The Quakers return to action Saturday afternoon in the second day of the Big 5 tournament when they take on La Salle at 4 p.m. and follow it up with match against unbeaten Villanova at 7 p.m.
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