Big Green and Crimson Await Volleyball's Arrival

PHILADELPHIA – It’s the last weekend of travel for the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team, as the Quakers enter the final leg of the 2013 campaign. The Red and Blue (12-9 overall, 6-4 Ivy) will first stop in Hanover on Friday night to square off with Dartmouth. Penn will then close out the weekend in Cambridge on Saturday in a showdown with Harvard. The Red and Blue currently sit a game behind the second place Crimson in the Ivy standings.

Live Video/Stats

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 for full details.

You can also follow all the action on live stats by clicking here (Dartmouth) andhere (Harvard).

Links for the video stream and stats can also be found on the Penn volleyball schedule.

Previously on the Court

For the first time this season, the Quakers achieved an Ivy weekend sweep with wins over Cornell, 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-4), and Columbia, 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-20). Also for the first time this season, Penn outperformed both opponents in kills, assists, digs, and points:

Cornell: kills (73-61), assists (69-57), digs (81-76), points (94-77)

Columbia: kills (55-31), assists (54-31), digs (61-39), points (63-42).

A dominant fifth set led the Red and Blue to a victory in Friday night’s contest against the Big Red. Four Quakers finished the evening with double-digit kills: senior captain Kristen Etterbeek (16), sophomore Alexis Genske (15), sophomore Jasmine DeSilva (13), and junior Kendall Turner (11). Both Etterbeek and Genske also finished the evening with double-digit digs, 13 and 10 respectively. Joining Etterbeek and Genske on the double-double train was sophomore Alex Caldwell, with 35 assists and 20 digs. Senior captain Dani Shepherd topped the board in digs with 23.

The next day, Penn avenged its five-set loss earlier this season by taking out the Lions in three. In two fewer sets, Etterbeek once against finished with 16 kills and Shepherd with 23 digs. Genske also notched another double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs. Pacing the offense was Caldwell and sophomore Ronnie Bither with 26 and 23 assists, respectively.

Scouting the Big Green (10-12 overall, 3-7 Ivy)

After beating rival Harvard two weeks ago, Dartmouth struggled this past weekend, dropping home matches first to Yale then Brown. The Big Green dropped in the Ivy standings to sixth place, with Cornell and Columbia.

In the first set against the Bulldogs, the Big Green started hot out of the gate going up, 14-8, but lost the six-point lead and ultimately the set, 25-23. Dartmouth was able to hold on to the second set but dropped the next two, with the fourth set looking much like the first. In the Big Green’s loss to Yale, 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-20), two players finished with a double-double: Stacey Benton (36 assists, 11 digs) and Paige Caridi (17 kills, 10 digs). Also hitting the double-digit range was Emily Astarita (14 kills), Julia Lau (23 digs), and Kayden Cook (10 digs).

The next day was again a struggle for Dartmouth, as Brown swept the Big Green, 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 28-26). Hitting big for Dartmouth was Elisa Scudder with 14 kills (.632) and Kaira Lujan 10 kills (.500). Benton again set the offense with 37 assists and leading the defense was Lau and Cook with 14 and 10 digs, respectively.

Scouting the Crimson (12-7 overall, 7-3 Ivy)

In this past weekend sweep, Harvard accomplished a feat that no other team in the Ivy League has yet done – defeat Yale. Before the battle with the Bulldogs, the Crimson first took on Brown and won 3-1 (25-17, 25-21, 23-25, 25-12).

Against the Bears, Grace Weghorst produced her second double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs. Also dishing out 12 kills was Kathleen Wallace, who was followed by Erin Cooney with 10. Defensively, Harvard notched 11 blocks in the win.

Saturday brought more excitement for the Crimson, who snapped Yale’s 23-match Ivy League winning streak in an intense five-setter, 3-2 (26-24, 26-28, 27-25, 23-25, 15-9). The win proved that the fight for the title isn’t over, as Harvard is now only two losses behind the Bulldogs.

The match produced high numbers from both sides of the court, with the Crimson maintaining the edge. Harvard checked out with a total of 79 kills and four players finished with double-digit kill totals. Freshman Corinne Bain tallied her fourth triple-double with 10 kills, 39 assists, and 14 digs.

Numbers in the Conference

Within the Ivy League conference team leaders, Penn’s 1121 kills over 88 sets (12.74 avg/s) places them in second behind Yale.

Against Columbia, the Quakers notched a match-high kills in three sets: 55-18-122. The Red and Blue also lead match-high assists in three sets with 54 and digs with 61.

Shepherd’s 23 digs against Columbia are an individual match high in three sets, and within conference matches only Shepherd holds a steady second place with 197 digs (5.47 average/set).

Stats Leaders

Kills per Set

2.65 (233) Kristen Etterbeek

2.38 (205) Jasmine DeSilva

Attack Percentage

.328 Susan Stuecheli

.209 Alex Caldwell

Service Aces

24 Dani Shepherd

20 Alex Caldwell

Blocks per Set

0.92 (46) Susan Stuecheli

0.82 (50) Arielle Winfield

Digs per Set

5.53 (321) Dani Shepherd

3.19 (255) Alexis Genske

Assists per Set

6.19 (545) Alex Caldwell

4.72 (411) Ronnie Bither