PHILADELPHIA Sophomore Natalie Drucker was named co-Ivy League Player of the Week and freshman Julia Swanson earned Rookie of the Week honors for their performances at the American Volleyball Tournament last weekend. Drucker shared the Player of the Week award with Katie Hirsch of Dartmouth.
For Drucker, this marks the first time that she has garnered the award.
Druckerhad 46 kills en route to being named to the American Volleyball Tournament All-Tournament team. Drucker compiled a .506 hitting percentage over the weekend, making just five errors. She had 10 kills and no errors in the Quakers’ sweep of Army,which came into the match with a record of 11-1.
“To play so well with so few errors shows just how solid Natalie has been for us in her sophomore season,” said head coach Kerry Carr.
In addition to pouring in the kills, Drucker keyed a strong net defense for Penn, tallying 16 block assists and two solo blocks. She had nine block assists and a solo block against the eventual champion American. On the year, Drucker leads the League in blocks (1.31 bpg) and is second in hitting percentage (.370).
Swanson registered 53 kills in helping the Quakers finish second at the tournament with a 3-1 record. Her efforts earned her All-Tournament team honors on the weekend, which included a 20-kill, 12-dig match against the host and eventual champion, American.
Swanson was the only Quaker to knock home double-figure kills in each of the team’s four matches, helping them sweep Lafayette, Army and Navy. Swanson hit .304 and also contributed to a dominating net defense for Penn, tallying five block assists and two solo blocks.
Penn is back in action Saturday at 7:00 p.m. when they host the Sheraton-Penn Invitational. They will face Temple on Saturday, followed by matches against Albany and Quinnipiac on Sunday.