Volleyball Takes Down Ball State In Four Sets

Box Score (pdf)

TOWSON, Md - The Penn women's volleyball team continued its hot start to the season, taking down Ball State 3-1 on Friday afternoon at Towson to improve to 7-1 on the season.

The Quakers were led by senior Elizabeth Semmens, who recorded her third 20 kill match of the season and also added 13 digs for her sixth double-double of the year.

Freshman Laura Martin hit a team high .389 and was second on the team with 13 kills as Penn outhit the Cardinals .236 to .189.

In the first set neither team was able to open a lead greater than three before Ashley Hawkins' kill evened the score up at ten. The kill was the beginning of a 7-1 run which gave the Quakers a 16-11 lead.

Ball State tried to come back but was unable to get closer than two the rest of the way as junior Madison Wojciechowski's service ace gave Penn the 25-20 win.

The Cardinals took an early lead in the second, before breaking it open with a 6-1 run to put them up 18-12. The Red and Blue were unable to make a similar run as Ball State came away with the 25-21 victory.

Penn rebounded in the third, jumping out a 4-0 lead. The Quakers never trailed in the set, as they scored eight consecutive points to put the match out of reach at 20-8. Semmens had six kills and five digs in the set to lead the charge.

In the final set, the Red and Blue took leads of 7-4 and 10-7, before Ball State tied it up at ten and again at 11. A 7-2 run gave the Quakers an 18-12 lead, however Ball State responded, using a 5-1 run to get within two at 19-17.

Penn took three of the next four points for the 22-18 lead; however the Cardinals used a 5-0 run to grab a 23-22 advantage. The two teams traded points, giving Ball State a 24-23 lead before consecutive kills by Semmens put the Quakers on top 25-24.

An attack error by the Cardinals gave Penn the 26-24 win and 3-1 victory.

Wojciechowski led the Quaker defense with 18 digs while senior Mary Russell added ten.

Penn returns to action this evening when they take on host Towson at 7 p.m. A live webcast of the game can be found here.

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