PHILADELPHIA – After a month on the road, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team returns to the Palestra this weekend to host Harvard and Dartmouth. The Red and Blue will take on the Crimson on Friday at 7 p.m. and the Big Green on Saturday at 5 p.m.
A live video feed for the matches on Friday and Saturday 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.
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The video stream and live stat links can also be found on the Penn volleyball schedule.
Previously on the Court
The Quakers (8-8 overall, 2-3 Ivy) capped off their road trip in New Haven and Providence, first facing Yale. It was a bit of a rocky start for the Red and Blue, who lost the first two sets. After extra points in the third set, the Quakers came out on top, 27-25, which snapped the Bulldogs’ consecutive set wins at 20 and made Penn the first Ivy institution to win a set against Yale this season. The Red and Blue would drop the next set but would take the momentum into the next day's match against Brown, when the Quakers claimed their first Ivy League sweep.
Senior captain Susan Stuecheli dominated the court over the weekend for Penn as she led in kills both nights, and fellow senior captain Dani Shepherd moved into ninth place all-time on the Ivy League list for digs with 1,522.
The Crimson (8-6 overall, 3-2 Ivy) come to the Palestra tied for second place with Brown in the Ivy standings. Harvard added two to the Ivy win column with last past weekend’s victories over Cornell, 3-1 (25-18, 25-23, 23-25, 25-16), and Columbia, 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-21).
Sophomore Kathleen Wallace leads the team with 2.25 k/s and 108 kills, while freshman Corinne Bain leads the team and conference in service aces with 35. The Crimson are second on the conference team leader list in blocks (2.18 avg/s) and services aces (1.54 avg/s).
The Big Green (8-9 overall, 1-4 Ivy) captured their first Ivy win of the season against Cornell lasr weekend after hosting Columbia the previous night. The Big Green claimed the first two sets but dropped the next three to the Lions and lost, 3-2 (26-24, 25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 5-15). The next day, Dartmouth performed in the opposite fashion – first and second-set losses followed by three consecutive wins – to defeat Cornell 3-2, (22-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 15-13).
Despite their last place spot in the Ivy standings, the Big Green are second to Yale as conference team leaders in hitting percentage (.209), assists (11.83 avg/s), kills (11.83 avg/s), and digs (16.19 avg/s). Senior Elisa Scudder tops the leaderboard as the conference's individual leader in blocks with 67 (1.22 avg/s).
A powerhouse on the court for the Quakers, senior captain Susan Stuecheli missed eight matches due to a knee injury but did not let it affect her this past weekend when she lit up the leaderboard with 10 kills (.500 pct.) against Yale and 15 (.636 pct.) against Brown. Along with leading in kills, Stuecheli also notched a solo block and five block assists in each of the games. Stuecheli concluded the weekend with 25 kills, 3.57 k/s, .575 hitting pct., 12 blks, and 32 pts. The performance this past weekend put Stuecheli into second on the conference individual leader list (conference matches) with 41 kills (.430 pct.) and into fourth place in blocks, tied with Harvard’s Caroline Holte at 19 (1.12 avg/s).
Last year, the middle blocker led the team and finished second in the Ivy League in blocks per set (1.17) and also led the league in solo blocks with 28.
Home Sweet Home
It has been a month since the Quakers have played in the friendly confines of the Palestra -- the last match against Weber State in the Crowne Plaza Invitational on September 15. Since that match, Penn has put up a 5-4 record on the road and will look to improve upon their 3-1 home record. Currently, both of the visiting teams this weekend have struggled in road contests: Harvard 1-4, Dartmouth 0-5.