PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers ended their trip in California on a positive note, dispatching of West Virginia in three sets on Saturday night behind strong play from senior Julia Swanson, 25-21, 25-17, 25-21.
Swanson was a two-way force against the Mountaineers, with 12 kills and a season-high 22 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Amanda Pacheco also provided firepower, hitting .478 with 13 kills. Freshman Susan Stuecheli also made her presence felt on the front line with five total blocks and five kills.
Penn hit .194 in the match but added 75 digs and seven total blocks in holding West Virginia to just a .116 hitting percentage in the match.
The Quakers and Mountaineers traded points early before a 5-1 gave West Virginia 18-13 lead, forcing a Penn timeout. Pacheco got a kill out of the break, but the teams traded points, leaving the Red and Blue behind 21-15.
Pacheco got a kill off a feed from Tryon to break the run and went back to serve. The sophomore middle blocker wouldn't relinquish the serve, as Penn reeled off a remarkable nine straight points with Pacheco serving to come back for the 25-21 first set victory.
Down early in the second set, a block by Stuecheli and Lauren Martin tied it at six. Energized, the Quakers scored five straight to open an 11-6 advantage. The Mountaineers closed within four at 12-8 but wouldn't get any closer as Penn won the set 25-17.
The final set was a back and forth affair as neither team could get more than three points separation. The teams were knotted up at 12, 14, 15, 16, 18 , 19, 20 and 21 before Etterbeek took a pass from Megan Tryon and netted a kill to make it 22-21.
Freshmen Dani Shepherd came on to serve and West Virginia wouldn't score again, punctuated by kills from Pacheco on each of the match's last two points.
Tyon had 37 assists, nine digs and three kills in the loss for penn, while Madison Wojciechowski chipped in with 19 digs.
Penn improves to 4-6 on the season while West Virginia falls to 10-5. The Quakers return to action on Saturday, Sept. 25 when they travel down to Delaware to take on the Blue Hens at 7 p.m.