Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - The odds were not in Penn's favor on Friday when the Quaker volleyball team found itself down 0-2 in the match and trailing Princeton 23-18 in the third set. But with a charge that came out of nowhere, the Red and Blue shocked the Tigers by scoring seven in a row to win the third set and rode that momentum all the way to a 3-2 victory. Junior Susan Stuecheli was a huge part of that effort with her first career double-double (10 kills, 10 blocks) and was named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week on Tuesday along with Megan Gaughn of Columbia.
Though Stuecheli had five kills in the first two sets, it was later in the match when she really went to work. Her third set featured an early kill with three blocks (one solo, two assists) and the fourth set that Penn ran away with included another kill and solo block. With the teams knotted at two sets apiece, she and Lauren Martin combined for three blocks in the fifth set as well as her third solo block of the match. Adding in three kills on five attacks, Stuecheli was involved in seven of Penn's first nine points in the set en route to the 15-13 win.
After Friday night's win, Stuecheli is now sixth all-time in Penn history with 218 block assists, needing just one to tie and two to pass Kathryn Turner (219, 2005-2008) for fifth all-time in the category.
Susan and the rest of the Quakers begin a four-match home stand this weekend when they welcome Harvard and Dartmouth to The Palestra. Friday night's match with the Crimson begins at 7 p.m. and Saturday's meeting with the Big Green is slated for 4 p.m.