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TOWSON, Md - The Penn Volleyball continued its impressive run to open the season, taking down host Towson 3-2 in the Towson Invitational on Friday night.
The Quakers used a strong defense to improve to 8-1 on the season, while dropping Towson to 7-5. Junior Madison Wojciechowski led the defensive effort with 31 digs, while fellow classmate Megan Tryon (14) and seniors Shannon Moody (13) and Elizabeth Semmens (10) also recorded double digit digs.
The Tigers took the lead early in the first set, 4-1. The Quakers climbed back within one at 11-10 on a Semmens kill, however they were unable to draw even and Towson took advantage.
Another kill by Semmens put the Red and Blue within two at 20-18 but three straight Towson points ended the threat as the Tigers finished with the 25-22 win.
Penn scored four of the first five points to open the second set, including kills from Semmens and freshman Lauren Martin. The Quakers kept the Tigers at bay through most of the set, opening up leads of 14-9 and 19-14. However, Towson came back, going on a 4-0 run to pull with one at 19-18.
The Red and Blue responded, shutting out the Tigers the rest of the way. Penn scored the final six points of the set, including a Natalie Drucker kill to seal with victory.
The Quakers once again started strong, opening up a 7-2 advantage to begin the third set. Towson cut the lead down to two, at 12-10, however a kill by Drucker raised the lead back to three.
The kill ignited a 6-0 run by Penn, finished off by a Martin kill. The Red and Blue continued to hit well, stretching the lead to 22-15. Once again the Tigers wouldn't go away as they used a 6-2 run to close within two at 24-22. An attack error ended the chance for a comeback as the Quakers won 25-22.
In the fourth set, it was Towson who took the early lead, going up 13-7. Penn called a timeout to regroup and promptly went on a 9-2 run to even the set up at 16 apiece. The Tigers took back the lead and pushed their advantage to 23-21.
The Quakers responded by scoring two points to tie it at 23 and a Semmens kill gave them the 24-23 lead. Penn was unable to clinch the set winner, as Towson scored the final three points of the set for the 26-24 win.
The Red and Blue took leads of 6-3 and 9-6 to begin the final set. The Tigers then scored four of the next six points, to draw within one at 11-10, and again at 12-11. Penn responded with kills by Martin and junior Britt Danneman to take a 14-11 lead. Two straight points by Towson narrowed the margin to one, however Martin came through once again, netting the final kill for the 15-13 victory.
Martin finished the evening with 13 kills, while fellow freshman Lauren Davis added 13 kills and six digs. Semmens added a team-high 20 kills as well.
Penn returns to action Saturday at 12:30 p.m. when they take on George Washington, who beat Ball State 3-0 on Friday.
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