PHILADELPHIA - Junior Kathryn Turner was named Ivy League Player of the Week for her performance that led the Quakers to victories over Columbia and the defending Ivy champion Cornell. Turner had 26 kills in the two matches and made just one error for an eye-popping .625 hitting percentage. She added five block assists in the two matches.
In Friday’s match against Cornell, Turned recorded nine kills and two digs to help lead the team to victory over the defending champs that had swept them twice last year. The junior middle blocker was even more impressive against Columbia. She pounded home 17 kills in 19 errorless attempts Saturday, good for an .810 hitting percentage as Penn earned its second three-game victory of the weekend.
“Kat deserves it,” head coach Kerry Carr said of Turner’s honor. “To have a performance like that with no mistakes from the middle is really incredible. She keeps getting better and better.”
The honor was the fourth from the Ivy League office for the Quakers this season. Sophomore Natalie Drucker was named co-Player of the Week and Julia Swanson named Rookie of the Week on Sept. 18 for their performances in the American Volleyball Tournament. Swanson was also the Ivy League Rookie of the Week last week thanks to her play against Villanova and Princeton.
The Quakers hit the court again Friday, when they face Brown at the Palestra at 7 p.m. Yale comes to town Saturday for a match at 4 p.m.
OTHER IVY NOTES: Sophomore Natalie Drucker has moved to the top of the conference leaderboard for hitting percentage. In 11 conference games, she has 26 kills on 48 attempts and only three errors, good for a .479 hitting percentage. Dartmouth’s Frances Samolowicz is next with a .415 mark. Junior Kathryn Turner rounds out the top three with a .393 percentage.
As a team, Penn is hitting at a .308 clip in league play, best in the Ancient Eight. Princeton’s .302 mark follows.