Philadelphia -- October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team is preparing for its 5th annual Dig Pink match. Friday's contest will start the second portion of Ivy play as the Quakers take on rival Princeton in the Palestra at 7 p.m.
A live video feed for the match on Friday will be provided by the Ivy League Digital Network. Four packages are available to purchase, including a $9.95/day pass for everything Penn. See http://www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com/packages for full details.
You can also follow all the action on live stats by clicking here.
Links for the video stream and stats can also be found on the Penn volleyball schedule.
Previously on the Court
For the third straight weekend, Penn (9-9 overall, 3-4 Ivy) went 1-1 after falling to Harvard and defeating Dartmouth.
After a tightly contested first set on Friday, the Crimson notched the win in extra points and followed with a second-set win. The Quakers took the third but couldn’t hold on as Harvard won the match, 3-1 (26-28, 17-25, 25-22, 21-25). Senior captain Kristen Etterbeek finished the night with a double-double, 10 kills and 17 digs, and fellow senior captain Dani Shepherd led with 26 digs.
The Red and Blue found themselves behind, 1-0, after another close first-set loss to Dartmouth. However, Penn was just heating up and went on to win the next three sets, 3-1 (24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-18).
Etterbeek led the offense with 17 kills -- a single-match season-high -- and was followed by sophomore Jasmine DeSilva with 14. Also claiming a single-match season-high at 12 kills was sophomore Alexis Genske. Genske also contributed 14 digs, behind the helm of the defense, Shepherd, with 31. The Quakers also produced one of their best blocking matches of the season, with 12 team blocks.
After falling to Dartmouth and Harvard this past weekend, the Tigers (6-11 overall, 2-5 Ivy) are now riding a four-game losing streak and have slipped to last place in the Ivy standings.
Princeton tried to rebound after dropping the first two sets against the Big Green on Friday in Dillon Gym but fell and lost its second five-setter in the past four matches (25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 15-25). The Tigers then hosted the Crimson on Saturday and fell in three (29-27, 25-22, 25-19).
Despite the recent struggles, sophomore Tiger Kendall Peterkin is currently the conference individual leader in kills with 218 (3.52 avg/s) and points with 253.5 (4.09 avg/s).
The last time Princeton and Penn met, the Tigers prevailed over the Quakers in five on their home court (21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 15-25, 15-11).
Executive Director Rick Dunetz created the Side-Out Foundation in 2004 after a “miracle season” as first-year head coach of the West Springfield High School volleyball team. That year was the same year his mother’s breast cancer returned. As Gloria Dunetz watched the team, she found strength and hope to continue her battle with cancer. Six years later, Gloria passed away in the summer of 2010. Dunetz wanted to begin a foundation that reached out to other athletes and cancer patients. He wanted to bring hope and energy to the breast cancer cause.
Penn will sport its pink jerseys and invites others to show their support by wearing pink. The Quakers are also raising money for the Side-Out Foundation, and if you would like to help the Red and Blue reach their campaign goal of $4,000, you can donate at Friday's match or online at https://www.side-out.org/cb/campaigns/campaign/7103. Every bit makes all the difference.