PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team will host its third and final tournament of the season, the Big 5 Volleyball Tournament, in The Palestra this weekend. La Salle, Temple, and Villanova will join Penn (2-5) on the court, with action beginning Friday and continuing through Saturday.
Live stats are provided for all matches during the Big 5 Volleyball Tournament. You can view them by clicking here.
The Penn Sports Network will also provide live HD video streaming of the three Penn matches, which can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network. Video coverage of the matches can be found by clicking the following links.
Penn vs. Villanova
Penn vs. La Salle
Penn vs. Temple
Big 5 Volleyball Tournament Schedule
4 p.m. La Salle vs. Temple
7 p.m. Penn vs. Villanova
10 a.m. Temple vs. Villanova
1 p.m. Penn vs. La Salle
4 p.m. Villanova vs. La Salle
7 p.m. Penn vs. Temple
Scouting Villanova (5-7, 0-0 Big East)
On Tuesday, the Wildcats crossed the state line into Delaware to take on the Blue Hens, and in an exciting matchup, Villanova came away with a four-set victory (28-26, 25-21, 15-25, 25-22).
A handful of Wildcats breached new records against Delaware. Junior outside hitter Lauren Carpenter jumped from a single-match career high 16 kills to 23; Sophomore middle blocker Michaela Berendt contributed 10 kills for a new high this season; Freshman libero Allison Fitzgerald posted four service aces, which is a team and personal best. The young libero was also one dig shy of tying the season high of 25; Fellow freshman middle blocker Cara Cunningham recorded a career and team-season high of seven blocks.
Last year, the Quakers and Wildcats met at Jake Nevin Field House in the Villanova Tournament, where the Wildcats came out on top, 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 23-25).
Scouting La Salle (6-7, 0-0 A10)
After a 2013 season of going 1-31, the Explorers have already racked up six wins in the 2014 season under new head coach Caitlin Rimgaila.
Most recently though, La Salle fell in a hard fought match to St. John’s on Wednesday, 3-0 (23-25, 22-25, 23-25). Junior outside hitter Kelly Perillo led the offense with 10 kills and also contributed nine digs, while fellow junior outside hitter Laura Kuhlmeier added eight kills and seven digs.
Despite the loss, the Explorers matched the Red Storm’s total team blocks with seven and out served them with seven service aces, in comparison to St. John’s three.
Sophomore middle hitter Ashley Felton paired up for a total of three block assists, while freshman right side Rachel Carr recorded one of La Salle’s two solo blocks and added two block assists. Perillo tallied three of the seven aces, while sophomore defensive specialist Phoebe Cook added two of her own.
Last year, the Red and Blue met the Explorers at the Tom Gola Arena. Penn defeated La Salle 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-21).
Scouting Temple (6-3, 0-0 AAC)
The Owls were riding a six-game win streak, until this weekend at the LIU Brooklyn Invitational. Temple posted three losses to Boston College, Northern Kentucky, and host LIU Brooklyn. Both matches against the Eagles and Blackbirds went five sets, while the match against NKU went to four.
Temple took the court with LIU Brooklyn to close out the tournament, Saturday evening. The host Blackbirds took set one, 25-17, while the Owls took the next two, 25-23 and 28-26. But LIU Brooklyn closed out the match with sets four and five win, 25-21 and 15-11.
Three Owls broke double-digit kills: freshman outside hitter Dara Peric (13), sophomore middle blocker Kirsten Overton (12), and sophomore outside hitter/right side Caroline Grattan (10). Both Peric and Grattan also contributed double-digit digs with 12 and 14, respectively.
Last year, Penn and Temple met at The Palestra in the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational. The Quakers prevailed in a thrilling five-set match (25-23, 13-25, 29-25, 25-21, 16-14).
From the East to the West to the East
Last weekend was a chance for eight members of the team to return to their home state of California. It was also a chance for the Quakers to play against top teams, as they participated in the Stanford Invitational. The Red and Blue went 0-3 in the Golden State but gained experience on and off the court.
In its first match, Penn fell to Santa Clara Friday night, 3-0 (22-25, 12-25, 19-25). On Saturday in front of a large and cheering crowd, the Quakers played some of their best volleyball thus far against No. 1 Stanford and then-ranked No. 20 Duke. Against the Cardinal, the Red and Blue held as high as a five-point lead in set one, a three-point lead on three separate occasions in set two, and a four-point lead in the third set. But the top nationally ranked team came back in each set to win the match, 3-0 (17-25, 23-25, 22-25). Penn took their first and only set win against the Blue Devils at the start of the contest, but Duke powered through the next three sets for the 3-1 (26-24, 17-25, 15-25, 16-25) victory.
Before the Quakers left the West Coast, they were taken to Cabrillo for a team bonding activity.