PHILADELPHIA – With just six Ivy contests remaining, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team (8-12, 3-5) heads to New England this weekend for matchups against Harvard and Dartmouth. The Quakers will visit Cambridge on Friday night at 7 and continue North to Hanover on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Quakers defeated both squads at The Palestra earlier this season.
How to Follow
*Penn’s final six contests will all be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Live stats for Friday can be found HERE, while Saturday’s can be found HERE. As always, fans are also encouraged to follow @PennVolleyball on Twitter and Instagram for an inside look at the Red and Blue.
*The Quakers are coming off a 3-0 loss to Princeton last Friday night at Dillon Gym. Penn still remains as the only team in the league to have taken any sets off the first-place Tigers, who sit at a perfect 8-0 in the conference.
*Sophomore Courtney Quinn led the offense against Princeton, tallying team-highs in both kills (nine) and hitting percentage (.296). Freshman Caroline Furrer followed with five put-aways, while the Quakers had eight players tally at least one kill.
*Rounding out the team-highs versus the Tigers were Sydney Morton with 18 assists and Michelle Pereira with 13 digs.
*The Red and Blue continue to lead the Ivy League in digs per set at 16.31. Individually, Pereira leads the way and ranks third in the Ancient Eight with 4.64 digs per set.
*Quinn currently ranks 10th in the Ivy League in kills per set at 2.69, while Kendall Covington is slotted 11th in hitting percentage (.276).
Scouting the Crimson
*Harvard has won three of its last five matches, and currently sits at 4-4 in the Ivy League (third place). Most recently, the Crimson nabbed a 3-1 triumph over Dartmouth last Saturday night. Harvard lost in five sets to Cornell the previous night.
*Grace Roberts Burbank, who had nine kills and 13 digs against the Big Green, ranks fifth in the conference in kills per set (2.88). Maclaine Fields is slotted fifth in the Ivies in hitting hitting percentage at .341. As a team, the Crimson rank second in the conference, registering 2.08 blocks per set.
Earlier this Season
*The Quakers notched a 3-1 win over Harvard at The Palestra earlier this season (Oct. 1). Penn put together one of its best statistical matches of the year, recording a season-best .360 hitting percentage and 10 blocks. Furrer registered a double-double with 14 kills and 12 digs. Kendall Covington (12 kills) and Hayley Molnar (10 kills) joined Furrer in double figures, while Quinn recorded seven put-aways.
*Penn’s win earlier this year snapped a four-match winning streak for Harvard, and stretched the Quakers all-time edge to 46-18. Coach Carr holds a 23-13 record versus the Crimson.
Scouting the Big
*Dartmouth, which stands at 8-11 overall, sits with just one Ivy win this season—a 3-1 triumph over Cornell (Oct. 14). The Big Green went 1-1 last week, snagging a win victory over Bryant (3-1) before falling to Harvard (3-1).
*Emily Astarita, who combined for 22 put-aways in 8 sets last week, ranks fourth in the Ivy League in kills per set (2.93). Defensively, Kaira Lujan has led the way and is currently slotted second in the conference with 1.07 blocks per frame.
*Collectively, Dartmouth sits at No. 3 in the Ivy League in blocks per set (2.03) and service aces per set (1.41).
Earlier this Season
*Penn earned its only five-set win of the season against the Big Green on Oct. 2 inside The Palestra. Quinn paved the way with 16 kills, while also notching her sixth double-double of the year with 13 digs. Furrer and Molnar followed suit in double figures, each recording 13 put-aways. The efficiency was also there for the Red and Blue, as all three hit over .200—including a match-best .325 from Quinn.
*Penn has won 20 consecutive matches in the series against Dartmouth, and leads the all-time series by a 48-7 margin.