PHILADELPHIA – The 2014 Big 5 Tournament is in the books, and the University of Pennsylvania finished the second day 1-1. On Saturday, the Quakers defeated La Salle 3-1 (26-24, 22-25, 26-24, 25-10) but fell to the eventual tournament champion Temple 3-0 (14-25, 23-25, 17-25). Senior Kendall Turner was named to the All-Tournament Team, after finishing the weekend with 20 kills and 11 total blocks. Turner also finished the weekend with the best hitting percentage (.333) for the Red and Blue.
Penn 3, La Salle 1 (26-24, 22-25, 26-24, 25-10)
Being down 23-13 did not faze Penn in the first set against La Salle. A ball handling error by the Explorers gave junior Alex Caldwell control of the floor as she went behind the line to serve. After a second La Salle error, the Quakers added six more points. Turner recorded her second kill of the set, forcing an Explorer timeout. Momentum remained with the Red and Blue, as Turner and freshman Hayley Molnar paired up for two blocks and freshman Aimee Stephenson added a kill. Another La Salle error and kill by junior captain Alexis Genske put Penn within two at 23-21. The Explorers tallied one more kill but a service error would put the ball back into the Quakers’ hands, and they ran the table for the 26-24 victory.
While La Salle bounced back and took a 25-22 win in set two, the Red and Blue remained calm and took control in the third and fourth sets for the match win.
Turner led Penn with a .500 hitting percentage, 10 kills, and added five blocks.Genske and Stephenson also contributed 10 kills apiece.
Penn 0, Temple 3 (14-25, 23-25, 17-25)
The Quakers struggled in set one against the Owls, unable to carry over their success. Temple saw an opening and took control early for a quick first set, 25-14.
In set two, the Red and Blue dug deep to keep up with the Owls, matching them point-for-point. In the end, Temple created the final two points needed to win the set, 25-23.
Penn couldn’t quite bounce back from the tough second set loss, as the Owls never looked back after the set was tied at four.
Genske led the offensive efforts, hitting .360 and totaling 14 kills. Stephenson also hit double-digit kills with 10. Junior Ronnie Bither logged 22 assists, while freshman Emmy Friedler had 17 digs.
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