College Park, Md. - Senior Julia Swanson was determined the Quakers leave Maryland with at least one victory, as the outside hitter provided 15 kills of Penn's 48 kills in a three set victory over Fairfield.
The Red and Blue won by identical scores of 25-17, 25-17, 25-17, and Swanson hit a career-high .519 in assuring a Penn victory. Fellow classmates Megan Tryon and Madison Wojciechowski also played well. Tryon registered her second straight double-double with 39 assists and ten digs, while Wojciechowski finished with 19 digs and four assists..
As a team, the Quakers hit a season-best .404 and held the Stags to just a .133 clip. No starter hit under .273, while four of the six hit over .400. Penn also out blocked Fairfield 8-3, getting five total blocks from Martin and four more from freshman Susan Stuecheli.
It was Penn who jumped out for a lead in the first set, going up 10-5 on a block by Martin and fellow sophomore Amanda Pacheco. The Stags managed to get back within two at 11-9, but seven straight by the Quakers, including three consecutive kills from Swanson, made it 18-9. The teams traded points as Penn won the set 25-17.
The Red and Blue didn't let up in the second, opening up a 10-5 lead. Penn maintained its lead though the remainder of the set with a kill by Tryon ending it, 25-17.
In the third set, the two teams traded points until kills by Martin, Tryon and Pacheco turned an 8-8 tie into an 11-8 advantage. Fairfield managed to cut the lead to one at 14-13 and again at 16-15 but the Quaker offense proved to be too powerful. Penn scored nine of the set's last 11 points on their way to a .567 hitting percentage and 25-17 victory.
Freshman Kristen Etterbeek helped the cause with a career-high ten digs to go along with eight kills. Pacheco also made her presence felt, hitting .545 with six kills on 11 attempts without an error. The middle blocker also added three total blocks. She was Penn's lone representative on the all-tournament team after hitting .375 and averaging 2.33 kills per set over the weekend.
The Quakers even their record at 3-3 with the split on Saturday while Fairfield drops to 8-1. Penn returns to action on Friday when they make a trip out west to take on Cal State Fullerton at 2 p.m. and then battle with 13th ranked UCLA at 8 p.m.