Volleyball Readies for Big 5 Tournament, Hosts La Salle Friday Night

PHILADELPHIA – It will be a weekend filled with familiar foes for the Penn volleyball team, as the Quakers take on their Big 5 brethren in three matches this weekend. Penn will host La Salle on Friday night (7 p.m.) before taking on Villanova and Temple on Saturday at La Salle.

How to Watch
*In addition to the usual streaming on the Ivy League Digital Network, Friday night’s match against La Salle will also be Penn’s first-ever sporting event to be broadcast on Facebook Live. Fans will be able to watch the matchup with the Explorers in real time on the Penn Athletics Facebook page. The link to the live stream will become available when the match starts, so be sure to like Penn Athletics on Facebook for access. Saturday’s matches can be followed via La Salle’s live stats.

About Penn
*Freshman Caroline Furrer was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday after leading the Quakers to a 3-1 record at The Palestra last weekend. In wins over Bucknell (3-1), (George Mason (3-1) and Lafayette (3-1), Furrer tallied 43 kills, 28 digs and eight blocks.

*Furrer was also named to the All-Tournament Team, along with sophomore and fellow Texas native Courtney Quinn. Quinn provided the Quakers with quite a 1-2 punch, adding 43 kills and 37 digs over the four matches. Quinn is currently tied for tops in the Ivy League with 83 total kills this season.

*In a weekend filled with breakout efforts for the Quakers, the triumph over George Mason provided the largest highlight. Penn compiled season highs in kills (56), hitting percentage (.253) and blocks (10.0) in the four-set win.

*Other top performers for Penn last week included freshman Zoe Macartney and junior Kendall Covington, who ranked 1-2 on the squad in hitting percentage. Macartney went .464 with 15 kills, while Covington recorded a .384 percentage and 33 put-aways.

*In addition to Quinn, Michelle Pereira also finds herself at the top of the Ancient Eight. The junior leads the Ivy League in total digs this season with 125, while her average of 4.31 slots her second in the conference.

*Penn is 80-61 all-time versus the Big 5, and have faced all three of their City rivals each of the past seven seasons.  

Scouting the City
*La Salle
2016 Record: 7-4
Current Streak: Lost their last three matches.
Series History: Penn is 37-2 all-time against La Salle, and have won the last 11 contests.
Quick Fact: Explorers’ Head Coach, Caitlin Schweihofer, is married to Penn assistant coach, Scott Schweihofer. Caitlin and Scott tied the knot in July.  

2016 Record: 7-3
Current Streak: Have won their last four matches (all 3-0).
Series History: Villanova and Penn have split their 52 all-time meetings, 26-26. The Wildcats have won the last three meetings in the series.
Quick Fact: Villanova made the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time since 1997. They received an at-large bid following a 25-8 season.

2016 Record: 4-3
Current Streak: Have won two in a row, notching victories over New Hampshire and Rutgers.
Series History: Temple holds a 33-17 all-time edge over Penn, and have won the last two meetings.
Quick Fact: The Owls have placed second in the American Athletic Conference standings in back-to-back seasons, including a 24-8 (15-5) record last year.