Volleyball Loses Hard Fought Match To Albany 3-1

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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's volleyball team ended the Holiday Inn HD Tournament with a 3-1 loss at the hands of Albany Saturday night at the Palestra.

The Quakers lost the first two sets before taking the third, but the comeback bid fell short in the fourth, as Penn lost 25-23. Freshman Lauren Martin had a career-high 17 kills with two block assists in the losing effort, while junior setter Megan Tryon had a strong all-around game with 52 assists, 14 digs and four kills.

In the first set, the two teams traded points early and eventually drew even at ten. The Great Danes used a 4-1 run to grab the 14-11 lead. Penn fought its way back and was able to tie it up at 19 on a kill by Elizabeth Semmens.

Albany responded with three consecutive points to take a 22-19 advantage. An Amanda Pacheco kill brought the Red and Blue within two at 22-20, however the Great Danes closed out the set with three straight points.

Albany continued its momentum into the second set, jumping out to an 8-2 lead. The Great Danes took another six-point advantage at 10-4, though a Semmens kills narrowed the lead to five. The kill served as the catalyst for a 6-1 Penn run which put the Quakers within one at 11-10.

A kill by Brooke Stanley and a service ace gave Albany a three-point lead and Penn was unable to gain any ground until the Red and Blue came within two at 20-18. The teams traded points, which left the Quakers on the wrong side of a 23-21 score. A kill by Ashley Hawkins cut the deficit to one, however consecutive kills by the Great Danes ended it 25-22.

In the third set, Penn scored the first two points, but Albany came back and the score remained even at six. Neither team could take a lead greater than two, until a Pacheco kill provided a 16-13 lead. The Great Danes cut the lead by one, but the Quakers responded with a 7-1 run to take a 23-15 lead, and they finished with the 25-17 victory.

The fourth set was a battle, as the two teams tied nine times in the set's first ten points. Albany took the largest lead of the set at 14-12, and a 5-2 run gave the Great Danes the 19-14 lead. The two teams traded points, but it left Penn down 23-18.A Penn attack error then put Albany up 24-18.

Ashley Hawkins' sixth and seventh kills of the set put the Quakers within four at 24-20. Three more points, capped off by another Hawkins kill, narrowed the lead to 24-23 and prompted an Albany timeout. However, Great Danes closed out the set following the timeout on a kill by Valier Sourbeer.

Martin finished the weekend with 29 kills (4.14) in two matches, and was the lone Quaker named to the all-tournament team. Hawkins hit .500 on the night and finished with 16 kills and four block assists, while Semmens ended with a double-double of 12 kills and season high 15 digs.

Penn finishes its non-conference schedule with a 9-4 mark, its best record since the team started 10-3 in 2002.The Red and Blue open Ivy play on the road when they travel to take on Princeton Saturday at 7 p.m.

All-Tournament Team

Shirley Miller St. Francis
Lauren Martin Penn
Laura Davigeodono Santa Clara
Dana Knudsen Santa Clara
Laurie Gonzalez Albany

MVP: Brooke Stanley (Albany)

Download: Penn Stats.pdf