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HOUSTON, Texas, - Penn continued its impressive start to the season, beating Cal State Bakersfield 3-1 in four close sets on Saturday morning to improve to 5-1.
The Quakers dropped the first set by a 25-23 score, but took the final three, 28-26, 25-22 and 25-23. Junior Megan Tryon dished out 50 assists and also added six kills and seven digs in the victory.
In the first set, CSUB came out aggressive, scoring seven of the match's first eight points. Penn tried to climb back, drawing within two at 11-9 and then cutting the deficit to 14-13 on a kill by senior Ashley Hawkins.
The Quakers got within one again at 19-18; however a 5-2 run gave CSUB a 24-20 advantage. Three straight points by the Red and Blue made it 24-23, before a Penn attack error gave the Roadrunners the 25-23 win.
The two teams traded points throughout the first half of the second set, until a 4-0 run gave CSUB at 17-12 lead. The Quakers proceeded to go on an 8-3 run to tie the set at 20.
Seven points later, the Roadrunners had a 24-23 advantage and were one point from taking the set. Junior Madison Wojciechowski responded with a kill to even it up at 24 and Penn wouldn't trail again as they went on to win the set 28-26.
In the third set, Penn didn't trail after an early 2-0 hole. The Quakers used a set-high 18 kills, including seven from senior Elizabeth Semmens and five from junior Britt Danneman to take the third set 25-22.
The final set saw multiple lead changes as neither team could manage a lead larger than two. Freshman Lauren Davis evened up the score for the final time at 22 apiece. Consecutive kills by Hawkins pushed the lead 24-22. Following a Penn attack error, Davis ended the match with another kill.
Wojciechowski finished play with 36 digs, the third highest total in school history, and the second highest total of her career.
Semmens had a team-high 20 kills and added seven digs, while Danneman recorded nine kills and six total blocks.
Penn finishes up its play in Texas as the Quakers play host Houston Baptist at 6:30 p.m.