Volleyball Splits Second Day at Villanova

Penn 3, Bucknell 0

Villanova 3, Penn 0

PHILADELPHIA – The Penn volleyball team finished the Villanova Classic Saturday night with a 3-0 loss to the host Wildcats. Game scores were 25-17, 25-22, 25-19.

Earlier in the day, the Quakers had beaten Bucknell, 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 26-24).

Penn finished the tournament with a 2-1 record, and is now 3-5 overall on the season. Julia Swanson and Kathryn Turner were all-tournament selections for the Quakers.

Penn was even with Villanova through 7-7 in the first set, before the Wildcats reeled off six straight points to gain control. The Quakers scored six out of seven points midway through the match to cut an eight-point deficit to three (18-15), but Villanova scored two in a row and cruised from there.

Penn jumped out 4-0 in the second set, but Villanova was back in it by 7-7 and never trailed again. After the teams traded points, the Wildcats scored three of the next four to go up 12-9, and extended the lead to as many as five on a few occasions. The Quakers made a run down the stretch, getting within 23-22, but Villanova carried the next two points to salvage the win.

Penn showed composure in the third set, falling behind early but coming back to take an 11-10 lead. The teams were tied at 14-14, before the Wildcats ran off three points in a row and never looked back to complete the sweep.

Swanson finished the match with seven kills and had 14 digs, while Ashley Hawkins and Anne Magnuson had six kills and two block assists apiece.

In the morning match’s first set, Penn and Bucknell traded the lead early on before the Red and Blue climbed to a 17-13 lead midway through the frame. The Bison then came back with four points in a row to tie the set, forcing a timeout from head coach Kerry Carr. After the timeout, Penn took the next three points and eight of the final ten for the six-point win.

The second set was in Penn’s control for almost the entire frame. After jumping out to a 4-1 lead, the Quakers never trailed, only facing a tie in the set twice. The final time the set was tied was at 7-7 and Penn pulled away from that point with three straight points off two kills from Swanson and one from Megan Tryon.

The Bison controlled the third set in the beginning moments, staking themselves to leads of 4-1 and then 8-4. Penn clawed back to tie the match at 12-12 with a kill from Turner and took its first lead of the set with a Tryon kill to take a 15-14 lead. The lead was gone at 23-23 when Bucknell completed a run of five points in a row to knot the set, forcing a Penn timeout.

After the stoppage, Elizabeth Semmens gave the Quakers the lead with a kill off a Tryon assist. Bucknell tied things right back up with a Shannon Pitsch kill. Pitsch’s success was short lived, however, as she committed a set error on the next play to give Penn a 25-24 lead and force match point. The Quakers won on the next point when Kaitlin Segal’s attack resulted in an error.

Magnuson led the Quakers in kills with 15, while Swanson added 12. Magnuson’s hitting percentage of .393 was also tops on the team for the match. Semmens was also solid at the net, garnering eight kills and a .350 hitting percentage. Tryon picked up 40 assists and added two aces.

There is no rest for the Quakers, who will host Seton Hall Sunday afternoon at The Palestra at 5 p.m.