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PHILADELPHIA – Coming off a pair of wins at Harvard and Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team heads back to New England this weekend for matchups against Brown and Yale. The Quakers visit the Bears on Friday night (7 p.m.) before stopping in to take on the Elis on Saturday (5 p.m.).
How to Follow
*Both contests this weekend will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Live stats for Friday night’s match can be found HERE, while Saturday’s stats are located HERE. Follow @PennVolleyball on Twitter and Instagram for in-game updates and a behind-the-scenes look at Penn’s final road trip of the season.
*The Quakers (10-12, 5-5 Ivy League) enter the weekend on a two-match winning streak thanks to road wins over Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend. Penn earned its first season sweep of both the Big Green and Crimson for the first time since 2010.
*It was Courtney Quinn who sparked the weekend double for the Red and Blue, as she combined for 29 kills and 39 digs in the two wins. She was especially impressive versus Dartmouth, recording 16 kills and a career-high 28 digs. Quinn also recorded a pair of service aces, while making just two return errors.
*Several more Quakers put together outstanding efforts last weekend. Sydney Morton combined for 77 assists and 10 kills, while Michelle Pereira went for 37 digs against Dartmouth. Hayley Molnar (17 kills and 11 digs) and Kendall Covington (15 kills and seven blocks) also combined for great performances for Penn.
*As a team, the Quakers rattled a season-best 14 aces in just three sets on Friday night. Caroline Furrer, Julia Tulloh and Pereira all had a trio of aces. Penn is tops in the Ivy League in total service aces (118) this season and ranks second in the Ancient in aces per set (1.42)
*Penn has climbed the national ranks and currently sits at No. 28 in the country in digs per set at 16.72. Individually, Pereira leads the way for Penn and is slotted second in the Ancient Eight at 4.75.
*Morton ranks fifth in the Ivy League in assists per set at 8.00, while Quinn sits ninth in the conference in kills per set (2.78).
Scouting the Bears
*Brown has dropped five consecutive Ivy matches and sits at 2-8 in the league and 4-16 overall. The Bears’ lone conference wins are over Dartmouth (3-1) and Cornell (3-2).
*Jacqueline Jacobs has been a defensive force for the Bears, ranking third in the league in blocks per set (1.07). Melissa Cairo orchestrates the offense, as she ranks third in the conference in assists per frame (4.73).
*Penn defeated Brown earlier this season in The Palestra by a score of 3-0. The trio of Molnar, Furrer and Quinn powered the Quaker offense, while Morton piloted the attack. Quinn and Furrer each tallied 10 kills, while Molnar followed with nine. Morton registered 29 assists and 11 digs, while Quinn was also a double-double scorer with 14 digs of her own.
Series History: Penn leads, 50-21
Scouting the Bulldogs
*Yale, which has won three matches in a row, enters the weekend second in the Ivy League standings with a conference mark of 8-2. The Bulldogs will host first-place Princeton, who sits at 10-0 in the Ivy League, on Friday evening.
*Brittani Steinberg has led Yale’s offense and ranks second in the Ivy League in kills per set (3.14). She is also averaging a respectable 3.18 digs per frame, while teammate Kate Swanson is slotted fourth in the league in digs at 4.30.
*The Bulldogs won their 11th straight against Penn with a sweep of the Quakers on Oct. 14. The duo of Kelley Wirth and Steinberg combined for 18 kills, 19 digs and six blocks.
Series History: Penn leads, 34-30.
The Quakers will wrap the 2016 season with home matches against Cornell and Columbia.