CHARLOTTE, N.C. The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team opened its 2006 campaign with a 3-1 loss to UNC-Charlotte (5-4) in the Comfort Suites Invitational. Penn (0-1) dropped game one, 30-22, but fought back to take game two, 30-21 before losing games three and four.
After losing the first set, the Quakers got out to a four point lead early on in game two and eventually built the lead to 10 late in the game. Freshman Shannon Moody led the Red and Blue with four kills in the frame. Penn registered three service aces in game two two by senior Meredith Damore and one by junior Anna Shlimak.
Penn kept the momentum going in game three, taking a three point lead early and extending it to four mid-way through the set. However, at 20-16, the 49ers ran off four-consecutive points to tie the game. Penn answered back with the next two points, but Charlotte scored the next four points to take a 24-22 lead. Charlotte was able to maintain its lead and take the decisive third match, 30-25.
In game four, the Quakers took an early 6-2 lead, but the 49ers reeled of eight straight points to build a comfortable lead that the Red and Blue could not rebound from.
Sophomore Kathryn Turner led Penn with 16 kills, while Linda Zhang and Moody each had 10 kills a piece. Defensively, the Quakers were solid, placing four players in double digits in digs, led by Shlimak’s 29.
Saturday, Penn takes on North Florida at 10 a.m. and East Carolina at 5 p.m. North Florida defeated East Carolina 3-0 Friday night.
Both of Penn's matches Saturday are available on gametracker. Click here to access it.