Ivy Opener: Penn-Princeton, The Palestra Friday

PHILADELPHIA – It is finally here – the Ivy League season – and the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team is ready for the competition. The Quakers kick off this weekend’s play with Ivy rival Princeton on Friday at 7 p.m. The first 100 students who come out to support the Red and Blue against the Orange and Black will receive a free Penn Volleyball shirt, just check in at the Penn Rewards Stand. But the Tigers are not the only team the Red and Blue will face this weekend, as Penn welcomes Dayton on Sunday for the final non-conference match of the season. Action with the Flyers is set to start at 1 p.m.

Live Stats/Video
Live stats of both the match against Princeton and Dayton will be available by clicking here.

The Penn Sports Network will also provide live HD video streaming, 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. Princeton
Penn vs. Dayton

Last Time on the Court: Big 5
Last weekend Penn hosted the final tournament of its 2014 slate. The Quakers went 1-2 in the Big 5 Invitational, defeating La Salle but falling to Villanova and Temple. The Red and Blue took on the Wildcats first and fell in three-straight sets (25-20, 25-18, 25-21). In the matinee match on Saturday against the Explorers, the Quakers found themselves down 23-13 in the first set. Instead of giving up, the Red and Blue bounced back and went on an eight-point run and finished the match off with five consecutive points for the 26-24 win. Penn defeated La Salle 3-1, (26-24, 22-25, 26-24, 25-10). In the final match, the Quakers dropped three sets to the Owls, (25-14, 25-23, 25-17). Temple finished the tournament with a 3-0 record and was named the Big 5 Team Champion.

Senior Kendall Turner was named to the All-Tournament Team. She finished the weekend with the best hitting percentage for the Red and Blue (.333) and recorded 20 kills. Turner also contributed 11 total blocks, recording five of them against La Salle.

Scouting Princeton (5-5, 0-0 Ivy)
The Tigers finished their non-conference slate last weekend at the Rutgers Invitational. Princeton suffered three losses to American, James Madison, and Rutgers but salvaged a five-set win over Akron.

In their final match of the tournament against host Rutgers, the Tigers forced the first set to extra points but couldn’t capture the win, dropping three-straight sets to the Scarlet Knights (27-25, 25-19, 25-22).

Junior Kendall Peterkin was named to her third straight All-Tournament team, earned her second Ivy League Player of the Week honor, and ranks in the national Top 20 in both points and kills. Against Akron, she recorded 19 kills, 21 digs, and three blocks.

The rivalry between Penn and Princeton is nothing short of thrilling; six of the last eight meetings between the Quakers and Tigers went to five sets.

2010 vs. Princeton L, 2-3 (26-24, 25-15, 23-25, 19-25, 9-15)
2010 at Princeton W, 3-2 (25-22, 25-27, 24-26, 29-27, 16-14)
2011 at Princeton L, 2-3 (26-24, 19-25, 25-20, 21-25, 9-15)
2011 vs. Princeton L, 0-3 (22-25, 21-25, 20-25)
2012 vs. Princeton L, 2-3 (28-26, 22-25, 25-14, 23-25, 13-15)
2012 at Princeton W, 3-2 (18-25, 25-27, 25-23, 25-17, 15-13)
2013 at Princeton L, 2-3 (25-21, 17-25, 23-25, 25-15, 11-15)
2013 vs. Princeton W, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-20)

Scouting Dayton (10-4, 0-0 A10)
Dayton is making the most of its weekend in the Keystone State, as the Flyers take on three teams in three days. Stop number one will be in Pittsburgh on Friday, as Dayton begins conference play with Duquesne. The Flyers continue Atlantic 10 conference competition as they cross the state to face La Salle on Saturday. Dayton finishes up its three-match weekend with Penn on Sunday.

Last weekend, the Flyers competed in the UNF/JU Radisson Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. After dropping its first match of the tournament to Charlotte 3-1, Dayton swept its next three opponents – Jacksonville, North Florida, and Nicholls State – to finish with a 3-1 record. The Flyers finished with the team’s best hitting percentage of the season (.400) against Nicholls State. Leading the attack efforts was junior Alaina Turner with 17 kills and a .471 hitting percentage.

Common Opponents
Other than being Ivy volleyball teams, Penn and Princeton have something in common – both faced Temple and Delaware during non-conference play.

While the Quakers dropped three-straight sets to both the Blue Hens and Owls, the Tigers went the full distance in both matches. After starting off with a 2-1 set advantage over Temple, the Owls came back to take the next two sets and match win from the Tigers. Against Delaware it was the opposite, as Princeton found itself behind 2-1 but came back to win the match, 3-2.

Penn and Dayton also have a common opponent in Cleveland State and will add La Salle to the list after Saturday. The Quakers swept the Vikings during the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational (25-15, 25-23, 25-21) and defeated the Explorers in four sets during the Big 5 Invitational.

The Flyers fell to Cleveland State 3-1 (26-24, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23) during the Cleveland State Tournament and are set to play La Salle on Saturday.