PHILADELPHIA – With the end of the season in site, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team takes to the road for one final time this fall. After an exciting home stand last weekend, the Quakers (8-15, 5-7 Ivy) are energized and ready to continue moving forward as they close out 2014 at Brown on Friday at 5 p.m. and Yale on Saturday at 7 p.m.
If you are unable to attend this weekend’s contests in Providence and New Haven, you can catch all of the action through live stats or on the Ivy League Digital Network by clicking the following links.
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Last Time on the Court: Dartmouth/Harvard
Penn kicked off Alumni Weekend with a bang, shutting down Dartmouth in three straight sets (25-22, 25-16, 25-21). While junior captain Alexis Genske ended the first set with a kill, freshmen Michelle Pereira and Emmy Friedler captured the winning point in sets two and three, respectively, with aces. Genske finished the evening with her seventh double-double of the season: 13 kills and 20 digs. Even though Genske led the team in kills, it was senior Kendall Turner’s night as she led the team with a .769 hitting percentage. For the single-match high, the middle blocker put down 10 kills in just 13 attempts with zero errors.
On Saturday, the unveiling of the new locker room, tribute to the 1989 and 2009 championship teams, and honoring of the seniors brought many alumni, family, and friends to The Palestra for the final home match of the 2014 season. And those that attended saw quite a show as the Quakers battled back from a two-set deficit against Harvard, pushing the Crimson to play a decisive fifth set. After leading Harvard 4-1, the Red and Blue saw the Crimson kick it up a notch and gain control for the 15-11 win. In the thrilling 3-2 (25-21, 26-24, 23-25, 21-25, 15-11) loss, Genske set a new single-season high 22 kills along with 14 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Junior Alex Caldwell contributed a double-double of her own, producing 14 kills with 32 assists. Freshman Kendall Covington also had a big night, contributing 10 kills – a single-season high – in 15 attempts to hit .667.
Scouting Brown (11-13, 6-6 Ivy)
Brown evened out to .500 in the Ivy League with two 3-1 wins over Cornell and Columbia this past weekend. In Ithaca Friday night, the Bears coolly maintained control in the first to sets for a 2-0 advantage. However, it was the Big Red who gained control of set three as they jumped out to a 6-2 lead. Despite Brown’s best efforts, evening the match at 16-16 after being down 15-9, Cornell forged ahead to take set three, 25-20. But as good as the home team looked in set three, the visitors outshined them in set four, running away with it after an 8-0 lead en route to a 25-14 set win. Freshman Shirin Tooloee mustered a whopping 17 kills and four service aces.
On Saturday, the Bears started off shaky against the Lions -- who took set one, 25-14. Determined not to let the other sets go by in the same manner, Brown hung tight with Columbia and battled until the last point, eventually winning each of the next three sets: 25-23, 25-22, 25-22. With her 8 kills against Cornell and 14 against Columbia, Maddie Lord improved her career total to 1,054, while fellow senior Kathryn Conner’s 13 digs against the Lions increased her career total to 1,397 digs -- tying for third on Brown’s all-time list.
Scouting Yale (14-7, 10-2 Ivy)
Yale improved its Ivy League record to 10-2 and remains atop of the Ivy League with Harvard after this past weekend’s wins over Columbia and Cornell.
On Friday, the Bulldogs took a close second set, 26-24, for a 2-0 advantage over the Lions. After falling behind early in the third, Yale was unable to recover as Columbia went on to take the win, 25-16. Despite keeping on pace with the Bulldogs in the fourth set, the Lions allowed Yale to score seven points in-a-row for a 23-16 lead. Columbia scored two of their own but a Mollie Rogers kill and Tori Shepherd ace gave the Bulldogs the win. Yale saw three players produce double-doubles in the win. Rogers led the offensive efforts with 18 kills in addition to 16 digs, while Kelly Johnson contributed 14 kills of her own along with 12 digs; freshman Kelsey Crawford dished out 44 assists and 16 digs.
Against Cornell the next day, Rogers and Johnson once again produced double-doubles while leading the team in kills. Rogers put tallied 16 kills and 11 digs, while Johnson had 13 kills and 20 digs. Crawford also produced another double-double with 42 assists and 13 digs.
For their efforts, Rogers and Crawford were honored with the weekly Ivy awards. Rogers, earning her third honor this season, shared the title of Ivy League Player of the Week with Harvard’s Corinne Bain. Crawford was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for her fourth time this season. In the League, Rogers ranks second in kills (287), kills per set (4.10), and third in aces per set (0.34), while Crawford sits in second in assists per set (10.55).
As it currently stands, three Quakers sit in five of the eight Individual Leaders lists. Junior captain Alexis Genske has moved into fourth in the League in both kills per set (3.16) and kills (259) after last week’s performance. She totaled 35 kill against Dartmouth and Harvard, with 22 coming in a five-set thriller with the Crimson. Her mark of 22 is a single-season high.
Freshman libero Emmy Friedler remains at fourth in both digs per set (4.56) and digs (365). She had a combined 43 digs with 5.38 digs/set last weekend. Friedler was all over the floor against Harvard to record 30 digs, four shy of matching her single-season best.
Senior Kendall Turner is the third member of the Red and Blue among the leaders, as the middle-blocker is averaging 1.00 block per set for fourth in the League. In 13 of the 23 matches played, Turner has recorded at least four blocks. Against Columbia on the road, she set a single-season high of eight total blocks.
A complete list of the leaders can be found here.