Volleyball Eyes First-Place Princeton Friday Night

PHILADELPHIA - The final stretch! With just seven matches remaining, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team begins the second half of Ivy play on Friday night with a trip to Princeton at 7 p.m. It will be the 93rd all-time meeting between the Quakers and Tigers, which is the most matches played between any of the Ivies.

How to Follow
*All seven of the Quakers’ final matches will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Live stats for Friday night’s match can be found HERE. For live updates from Dillon Gym, follow @PennVolleyball on Twitter.

Earlier this Season
*Princeton pulled out a five-set, 21-25, 25-11, 25-15, 22-25, 15-5, win over the Quakers to begin Ivy League play on Sept. 24 in The Palestra. Since then, Princeton has recorded six consecutive sweeps, leaving Penn as the only team in Ivy League that has taken a game off the first-place Tigers.

*The Red and Blue enjoyed a balanced attack in the first battle with Princeton, as four Quakers reached double-digit kills. Freshman Caroline Furrer led the way with 13 kills, to go along with 19 digs. Courtney Quinn and Sydney Morton joined in with double-doubles of their own. Quinn racked up 10 kills and 13 digs, while Morton tallied 41 assists and 10 digs. Hayley Molnar and Kendall Covington also put together solid offensive outings, each piling up 11 kills.

 About Penn
*The Quakers (8-11, 3-4) are coming off a split with Yale and Brown last weekend inside The Palestra. The Bulldogs got the best of Penn on Friday night, while the Quakers notched a sweep of Brown on Saturday night. Penn improved to 7-3 this season in home matches.

*The Red and Blue enjoyed three double-double scorers in the victory over the Bears. Quinn and Furrer each had 10 kills, while also combining for 25 digs. Morton orchestrated an efficient offense, tallying 29 assists and 11 digs. Molnar added nine put-aways, while @Michelle Pe picked up a team-high 22 digs.

*Sitting at 3-4 in the Ivy League, the Quakers are tied for fourth in the conference standings. Penn finished fifth in the league last year after a 7-7 Ivy campaign.

*Pereira ranks third in the Ancient Eight in digs per set (4.65), while Morton is slotted fifth in assists per set (7.9). As a team, the Quakers pace the Ivies in digs (16.56/set).  

Scouting the Tigers (Again)
*Not only have the Tigers won seven Ivy matches in a row, they have also won 11-consecutive matches overall. In all, they have won 19-straight sets—dating back to the fifth game (15-5) against Penn. Most recently, Princeton earned a 3-0 win over second-place Yale (5-2) last Saturday night.

*The Tigers’ offense has been led this season by the two-headed monster of Cara Mattaliano and Brittany Ptak. Mattaliano, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, paces the conference in kills per set (3.56), while Ptak ranks third (3.04). Maggie O’Connell is slotted second in the conference in hitting percentage (.409).

*Princeton is the highest ranked Ivy team in the RPI at No. 89 (out of 334 teams) in the country.

*Series History: Princeton leads the all-time series over Penn, 56-36.

Up Next
*The Quakers go on the road for the second-straight weekend, traveling to Harvard and Dartmouth.