Penn 3, La Salle 0
PHILADELPHIA The Quakers ended a four-match skid in volleyball on Friday night with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-17) win over La Salle on the first day of the Villanova Classic.
After a tough weekend in Florida which saw the Red and Blue drop three matches, the Quakers enjoyed their return to the City of Brotherly Love, dispatching their Big 5 rival in straight sets. Julia Swanson (20 kills) and Kathryn Turner (12 kills) led the way for the Quakers on offense. Megan Tryon continued to play well at the net, serving up 43 assists. Freshman Logan Johnson had a strong day for the Quakers, picking up 14 digs along with two service aces. Her two aces came on the first two points of the match, giving Penn an early lead in the set.
In fact, Penn only trailed once in the entire match. The Explorers picked up the first point of the second set for a 1-0 lead before Penn tied the match back up. The early stages of the second set were the closest portions of the match as the two teams were tied five different times, trading points back and forth until the score was knotted at five. Penn then rattled off five out of six points to take a 10-6 lead that would not be relinquished.
The third set was much like the first, as Penn took an early sizable lead. The Red and Blue took a 5-1 lead, forcing La Salle to call a timeout. The stoppage did not help matters as the Quakers extended their lead to seven, 10-3. The largest lead of the set was 12 when Shannon Moody’s second ace in a row made the score 21-9.
Penn is back in action Saturday with two games in the Villanova Classic. At 10 a.m., the Quakers play Bucknell and at 7 p.m. meet the host Wildcats.