PHILADELPHIA – For the 15th straight year, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team will open Ivy League play against rival Princeton. The newest chapter in the rivalry will take place on Saturday night, as the Quakers begin their 40th season inside the Ancient Eight by hosting the Tigers at 7 p.m. As always, the match will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
*The Quakers are coming off their best non-conference win of the season—a 3-1 win over Delaware on Tuesday night in Newark. Penn finished its tough non-Ivy slate with a record of 5-7.
*Sydney Morton was nothing short of spectacular against the Blue Hens, coming up one kill shy of a triple-double. The junior setter racked up a career-high nine kills, a career-best 48 assists and 10 digs. She orchestrated a Penn offense that hit .237 and registered season highs in both kills (62) and assists (57).
*The Quakers also received standout efforts from Courtney Quinn, Caroline Furrer, Hayley Molnar and Kendall Covington. Quinn recorded her team-high fifth double-double of the season with 14 kills and a career-high 23 digs. Furrer followed with 13 kills, while Covington and Molnar each added 10.
*Michelle Pereira tied Quinn with a team-best 23 digs, while Aimee Stephenson picked up a new career-high with 15. Covington added a
squad-high five blocks.
*The Quakers are 4-1 at home this season.
*The Quakers have two players in the top five of the Ivy League in total kills. Quinn continues to lead the Ancient Eight with 116, while Furrer ranks fourth with 96.
*Pereira extended her league lead in total digs (189), while
also being second in the Ivies in digs per set (4.5). Morton has climbed into
fifth in the Ancient Eight in assists per set at 7.36.
*As a team, the Quakers rank first in the Ivy League in digs per set (15.90) and third in service aces per set (1.50).
Quakers’ Ivy Past
*Saturday will mark the Quakers’ 40th season inside the Ancient Eight. Penn has earned 10 conference championships during that period, and currently stands with an all-time record of 244-111.
Coach Carr in the Ivy
*Penn Head Coach Kerry Carr has collected five Ivy titles during her 18-year tenure, including back-to-back championships in 2009 and 2010. In addition, Coach Carr’s squads have gone .500 or better in the Ivy League 13 times. In fact, Penn’s best seasons in the Ivy League have both come under Coach Carr, as the Quakers went 13-1 in 2003 and 2010.
*In addition to the Ivy opener, Saturday’s match will also be “Superhero Night” at The Palestra. Students (and fans) are encouraged to wear their favorite superhero costumes, while the first 100 students in attendance will also be awarded free pizza.
Scouting the Tigers
*Princeton enters the weekend with a record of 6-3, with notable wins over Rutgers, Seton Hall and Georgetown. The Tigers also hold a five-set loss to Maryland.
*The Tigers rank first in the Ivy League in hitting percentage (.245) and second in kills per set (13.15). Senior Cara Mattaliano is a main reason why, as the 2015 Ivy League Player of the Year leads the Ancient Eight with 3.42 kills per set.
*Claire Nussbaum runs the show as the main setter for the Tigers. The sophomore ranks second in the Ancient Eight in assists (9.72/set).
*Princeton tied Harvard for the Ivy League regular season
championship last season before falling to the Crimson in a one-match playoff.
*Princeton and Penn split their two matchups last season, moving Princeton’s edge in the all-time series to 55-36.