PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team will host its annual Dig Pink matches this weekend inside The Palestra. The Quakers (7-10, 2-3) will welcome Yale to town on Friday night (7 p.m.) and Brown on Saturday night (6 p.m.), with both matches to be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN). Penn is 6-2 this season in matches played inside The Palestra.
Dig Pink Rally
Partnering with Penn Medicine, the Quakers' annual Dig PINK! Breast Cancer Research and Awareness weekend kicks off Friday night at The Palestra. Donations will be accepted both days, helping support the Side Out Research Foundation, as well as Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center and the Rena Rowan BreastCenter.
The Side-Out Foundation helps treatments for late-stage breast cancer, as well high-quality support services for cancer patients and their families. Money donated to the Rena Rowan Breast Center will specifically go to the ACC's 2-PREVENT Transitional Center of Excellence (TCE). The TCE work together as a multi-disciplinary team to understand breast cancer recurrence through prediction, prevention, monitoring, detection and treatment measures.
Donations are already being accepted HERE!
*Penn has had trouble in five-setters this season, winning just one of five matches (most in the Ivy League) that have gone the distance. In Coach Carr's 18-plus seasons, the Quakers are an even 46-46 in five-set matches.
*One of Penn’s five-set losses this year came to Princeton to open the Ivy League season. Since then, the Tigers have gone on to record four-straight sweeps against four Ivy opponents.
*The fourth set, however, has been a strength for Penn—the Red and Blue registered their first loss in a fourth set all season (9-0 previously) against Columbia last weekend.
*It was a career night from Courtney Quinn that led the Red and Blue on Friday night in Ithaca. The sophomore recorded her seventh double-double of the season, racking up 19 digs and a career-best 22 kills. Quinn ranks first in the Ivy League with 178 total kills this season.
*It was more of a balanced affair for Penn against Columbia. Sophomore Taylor Cooper put together a career-best 11 kills, while Hayley Molnar added 10 put-aways, to go along with three digs and two blocks. Sydney Morton registered the lone double-double for the Quakers with 42 assists and a career-best 17 digs.
*Junior Michelle Pereira continued her strong season at libero, totaling 44 digs over the two matches last weekend. She currently ranks third in the Ivy League in digs per set at 4.39. The Quakers, who are the youngest team in the Ivy League, lead the conference in digs per set (15.88).
*Freshman Caroline Furrer leads all Ivy League rookies in total kills this season (154). She also ranks just behind Princeton’s Devon Peterkin for freshmen in kills per set (2.61).
Scouting the Bulldogs
*Yale, which currently stands at 11-3 overall and 4-1 in the Ivy League, has won six of its last seven matches. The Bulldogs have won consecutive Ivy matches versus Cornell, Dartmouth and Harvard. Yale’s lone conference defeat came on the road at Columbia (3-2).
*Senior Brittani Steinberg ranks third in the Ivy League in kills per set (3.12), while ranking 20th in hitting percentage (.219).
*Middle blocker Kate Aitkenhead and libero Kate Swanson led the Bulldogs’ defense. Aitkenhead ranks third in the league in blocks per set (1.00), while Swanson is slotted fourth in the Ancient Eight in digs per set (4.33).
The Quakers hold an edge of 34-29 in the all-time series against Yale. The
Bulldogs, however, have won the past 10 matchups, with Penn last defeating Yale
in a pseudo Ivy League Championship game on Nov. 21, 2010.
Last Season: The Red and Blue lost a pair of four-setters to the Bulldogs.
Scouting the Bears
*Brown moved its record to 2-3 in the Ivy League (4-11 overall) on Saturday with a 3-1 win over Dartmouth. The Bears’ other Ivy win came against Cornell in five sets, while their non-conference triumphs are over Central Connecticut State and Bryant.
*Brown is led by the defensive duo of Melissa Cairo and Jacqueline Jacobs. Cairo is slotted second in the Ancient Eight in digs per set (4.65), while Jacobs ranks third in the league in blocks per set (1.02).
Penn leads the all-time series, 49-21. The Bears and Quakers have split their
last six matchups.
Last Season: Penn and Brown split last season, with each team recording 3-0 sweeps at home. Kendall Covington had five kills and six blocks in the Quakers’ victory in The Palestra.