Volleyball Splits Day Two of Sheraton-Penn Invitational

Albany Box Score

Quinnipiac Box Score

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Penn Quakers split their two matches on the second day of the Sheraton-Penn Invitational, falling to Albany 3-1 (30-23, 30-28, 27-30, 30-27) before defeating Quinnipiac 3-0 (30-18, 30-17, 30-17).

Junior Kathryn Turner and senior Linda Zhang earned All-Tournament honors for their performances. Turner had 32 kills in two matches, while Zhang recorded 88 assists in the first two matches of the tournament. Freshman Julia Swanson also had an impressive tournament, recording 29 kills and 26 digs.

The Quakers jumped out to an early lead in the first game and never looked back as senior Anna Shlimak pounded home five kills on seven attacks for a .714 hitting percentage. Elizabeth Semmens also recorded three kills while a balanced scoring attack helped the team take a quick 1-0 lead in the match.

Semmens came out in Game Two and added seven more kills on 11 attacks with just one error. Jesse Yeager also knocked in seven kills on just eight attacks, good for a whopping .857 hitting percentage in the game.

The Quakers came out after the break determined to sweep away the Bobcats, and did just that. Semmens added five more assist and Yeager three as the Red and Blue recorded a 30-17 victory. Shannon Moody also put down four kills as the Quakers wrapped up second place in the tournament.

Penn and Albany went back and forth in the first half of the first game, with sophomore Anne Magnuson earning a start and pouring in five kills. The Great Danes pulled out to a 24-18 lead, though, and never looked back. Turner also contributed four kills as the Quakers’ comeback attempt fell short.

The second game saw more of the same seesawing action. Four kills from Swanson and key contributions from backups Jesse Yeager and Ashley Hawkins helped the Quakers stay in the contest, but the Great Danes looked ready to put the game away after pulling out to a 28-25 lead late. An Albany error earned Penn the side out, though, and an Anna Shlimak service ace followed by a Laura Black kill tied the game at 28-28. Once again the comeback was not enough, though, as Albany won the next two points to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the match.

After the break, the Quakers came out determined to put the Great Danes away in the third game. Turner turned up the heat, knocking in seven kills and adding a block assist to help the Red and Blue get a game back. Swanson also added four kills, and Zhang recorded 14 assists in the game.

The fourth and deciding game was another back-and-forth affair. Swanson poured in nine kills and Zhang set up 16 successful attacks, but the Great Danes proved too much for the Quakers to handle as they reversed Game Three’s score and won, 30-27.

The Quakers are back in action this Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they visit crosstown rivals Villanova.

All-Tournament Team

MVP - UAlbany - Amanda Cowdrey

Penn - Kathryn Turner; Penn - Linda Zhang; UAlbany - Tawney Dahmes; Temple - Yun Yi Zhang; Quinnipiac - Michelle Vasapoli