Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - For the second time in the month of October, Penn junior Dani Shepherd has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week. The nation's digs leader in per set average, Shepherd totaled 52 digs in two Quaker sweeps of Harvard and Dartmouth over the weekend.
With Shepherd busy in the back row, neither Harvard nor Dartmouth managed to hit above .090 as a team. In fact, of the six sets Penn played in over the weekend, they held the Crimson and Big Green below a hitting percentage of .050 in four sets, including two where the teams hit .000. As Penn's libero, Shepherd is not only expected to keep the ball alive, but to pass accurately to initiate the Quaker attack. As evidence of that, Penn produced a kill on more than a quarter of its sets in both matches over the weekend, and they nearly reached .300 against Dartmouth.
Ranking sixth all-time in Penn history in digs with 1,244, Shepherd will likely soon be passing Stephanie Horan's 1,284 digs for fifth in program annals. In her junior season alone, she has produced 511, giving her a chance to pass Madison Wojciechowski's all-time single season Penn mark of 607 from the 2009 season. On the national level, her 6.55 digs per set average is well out in front of Chattanooga's Paula Passmore (6.26) for the Division I lead.
Shepherd will lead Penn back onto the court for the final two home matches of the season this weekend, facing Ivy League leaders Yale in an important Friday night clash at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Quakers will celebrate Senior Night when they take on Brown, beginning at 5 p.m.