PHILADELPHIA – After four-consecutive home matches, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team hits the road for its final three matches of the 2006 season. This weekend the Quakers make their New York trip – visiting Cornell (16-9, 10-2 Ivy) Friday at 7 p.m. and Columbia (7-15, 1-11 Ivy) at 4 p.m.
Penn (10-12, 5-6 Ivy) has the potential to play the role of spoiler Friday night when they face the Big Red. Cornell sits atop the Ivy League at 10-2 and faces Princeton (9-2, 2nd Place) Saturday. Although Penn did not spoil the Big Red’s title run last season, they did end hopes of the first 14-0 season in Ancient Eight history with a 3-2 win Nov. 11 at The Palestra.
In their first meeting this season, Cornell swept the Quakers (30-26, 31-29 and 30-18) at The Palestra. Penn struggled to produce offensively with a .022 hitting percentage; the Quakers wereled by junior Laura Black who had eight kills. Libero Elizabeth Hurst registered 16 digs, while Linda Zhang had 22 assists.
Penn holds the all-time series lead over the Big Red, 28-21.
Saturday, Penn will look to complete a season sweep of Columbia. On Oct. 13, the Quakers swept Columbia (30-19, 30-15 and 30-16). Kathryn Turner led the Red and Blue with 12 kills. Defensively, Meredith Damore had 11 digs to become the fifth Penn player to surpass 1,000 digs for their career.
The Quakers hold the all-time series lead over Columbia, 38-1.
After this weekend’s matches, the Red and Blue travel to rival Princeton Wednesday, Nov. 15 for a 7 p.m. showdown to close out the season and potentially spoil the Tigers title hopes.