PHILADELPHIA – University of Pennsylvania Kenneth L. Gross Head Coach of Volleyball, Kerry Carr, is excited and ready for the fall as the schedule for the upcoming 2014 season has been released. The Quakers will once again participate in three tournaments but this year’s slate includes a trip to the West Coast, where the Red and Blue will compete in the Stanford Tournament.
Penn will kick off the season by hosting the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational and playing Colgate on the opening day of the tournament -- Friday, September 5 -- at 7 p.m. The last time the Quakers and Raiders played each other was in 2000 when the Red and Blue won, 3-0. Colgate has one win in the seven-game series that came in the 1999 season, 3-2. On Saturday, Penn will face Cleveland State at 1 p.m. This will be the second time in school history that the Quakers play the Vikings – CSU defeated the Red and Blue in 1991, 3-0. Penn then closes out the tournament against Georgetown at 7 p.m. The last time the two teams played, the Hoyas won, 3-0, and hold the 11-4 series lead.
Before traveling to California, the Quakers will host Delaware on Tuesday, September 9 at 7 p.m. By Friday, the Red and Blue will be on the other side of the country and ready to play Santa Clara that night at 7 p.m. The Broncos defeated the Quakers 3-0 in both of the matches the teams have played, with the most recent being in 2009. First up for Penn on Saturday is Duke at 11 a.m. and then Stanford at 5 p.m. Last year, the Cardinal made its 33 consecutive NCAA tournament appearance and fell to Penn State, the 2013 National Champion, in the NCAA Regionals Final, 3-2. This will be the first time in program history for these two teams to meet.
After returning to Philadelphia, Penn will play host for a second tournament at The Palestra -- the 2014 Big 5 Volleyball Tournament. The Quakers will first take the court with Villanova on Friday, September 19 at 7 p.m. and will then play La Salle Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Red and Blue will once again close the tournament with the last game set for 7 p.m. against Temple.
The Ivy League season opens the following weekend, when Penn welcomes rival Princeton to The Palestra on September 26. But before the rest of conference play gets underway, the Quakers will welcome Dayton for the final nonconference matchup of the season on Sunday September 28. The Red and Blue are set to play at home for two more weekends, first seeing Columbia and Cornell (October 4-5) and then Yale and Brown (October 10-11), before five road matches.
Away matches against Harvard and Dartmouth (October 17-18) close out the first half of Ivy play, while a road trip to Princeton (October 24) begins the second half. Ithaca, N.Y. will be the last stop for the month of October, where Penn will face Cornell on Halloween before traveling to New York City to play Columbia on Saturday (November 1) at 5 p.m.
The final home matches of the season will be on November 7-8, starting with Dartmouth and ending with Senior Day celebrations against Harvard.
The Quakers end Ivy play November 14-15, first against Brown and then against the defending Ivy League Champions, Yale.