Volleyball Closes Season with Home Matches Against Columbia and Cornell


PHILADELPHIA – After spending the last three weeks on the road, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team will return home this weekend to close out the 2016 season against Columbia and Cornell. The Quakers will welcome the Lions to town on Friday at 6 p.m., while Cornell and Penn will cap off the year on Saturday at 5 p.m.

How to Follow
The Red and Blue’s final two contests will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Live stats can be found HERE, while in-game updates will be provided on Twitter (@PennVolleyball).

About Penn
*The Quakers finished their final road trip of the season with losses at Brown (3-1) and Yale (3-0) last weekend. Penn split the season series with the Bears, but dropped six straight sets to the Bulldogs this year.

*Caroline Furrer led the Penn offense last weekend, totaling 22 kills and 24 digs. The rookie was especially impressive against Brown, picking up 12 kills and season-high 19 digs. She also added a pair of service aces and five assists, while hitting .203.

*Sydney Morton and Hayley Molnar also put together solid efforts in New England. The junior duo combined for 32 kills in the two losses, while Morton added a total of 66 assists. Classmate Kendall Covington pitched in 17 put-aways and seven blocks.

*Morton sits fifth in the Ivy League in assists per set at 8.11.

*Michelle Pereira totaled 24 digs last weekend, while Emily Friedler tallied a team-high 11 digs versus Yale. The Quakers continue to lead the Ivy League and now rank 36th in the nation in digs per set (16.58). Pereira is slotted third in the conference at 4.64.

*The Red and Blue will welcome returning home this weekend, as they enter the final pair of matches with a 7-3 record inside The Palestra.

*The Quakers are currently in a three-way tie with Harvard and Cornell for fourth in the Ivy standings at 5-7. Penn finished fifth last season with a mark of 7-7.

*Sophomore Courtney Quinn leads the Quakers in sets played (90), total kills (240), kills per set (2.67) and hitting percentage (.189) this season.

Scouting the Lions
Columbia, which enters the final stretch in third place in the Ivy standings (8-4), is riding high after recording home wins over Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend. The Lions stand at 13-9 overall this season.

*Anja Malesevic was named the Ivy League’s Player of the Week on Monday after totaling 31 kills and seven service aces in the wins last weekend.

*Cassie Wes, who earlier this season recorded her 1,000th career dig, ranks third in NCAA in digs per set with 5.45.

*Columbia and Penn went the distance earlier this season, with the Lions getting the better of the Quakers at Levien Gym. Sophomore Taylor Cooper led the offense for the Red and Blue, putting together a career-best 11 kills.

Scouting the Big Red
*Cornell enters the weekend with an identical Ivy record (5-7) to Penn. Most recently, the Big Red swept Dartmouth last Saturday night to improve to 11-11 overall.

*Carla Sganderlla leads the Cornell attack, ranking third in the Ivy League in kills per set (3.15) and second in aces per set (0.44). Alyssa Phelps has been a large part of Sganderlla’s success, as she ranks fourth in the Ancient Eight in assists per set (8.56).

*Cornell defeated Penn in Ithaca earlier this season in five sets. Quinn tallied a match-high 22 kills and 19 digs in the loss.