Volleyball to Host the Valley Forge Sports Penn Invitational This Weekend

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PHILADELPHIA – Tournament action will continue for the Penn volleyball team this weekend, as the Quakers play host to the Valley Forge Sports Penn Invitational on Sept. 9-10. The Red and Blue will be joined at The Palestra by Bucknell, George Mason, Howard, and Lafayette.

The Schedule
*Friday, Sept. 9
Howard vs. George Mason - Noon
Penn vs. Bucknell – 3 p.m.
George Mason vs. Lafayette – 5 p.m.
Penn vs. Howard – 8 p.m.

*Saturday, Sept. 10
 
George Mason vs. Bucknell – 10 a.m.
Lafayette vs. Howard – Noon
Penn vs. George Mason – 2:30 p.m.
Bucknell vs. Howard – 5 p.m.
Penn vs. Lafayette – 8 p.m.

About the Quakers
*Penn opened its season in Texas last weekend at the Houston Baptist Labor Day Classic. Facing some of the toughest non-conference competition of the season, the Quakers went 0-4 to begin their 2016 campaign.

*Penn dropped its first match to Toledo in a 3-2 thriller, followed by straight-set losses to Houston Baptist, North Florida and Northern Colorado.

*Sophomore Courtney Quinn led the way offensively for the Quakers, hitting .211 with 40 kills. She had a career-high 15 of those against Houston Baptist on Saturday. In addition, Quinn ranked third on the team with 26 digs over the four matches.

*Penn also received career-best efforts in Houston from Hayley Molnar, Sydney Morton, Taylor Cooper, and Grace James.

*Cooper and Morton’s career-highs both came against Toledo, with Cooper initiating five kills and Morton dishing out 29 assists. James racked up a career-high 13 assists versus North Florida.

*Molnar ranked second on the team with 29 kills, including back-to-back 10-kill efforts to begin the season.

*Freshmen Zoe MacartneyCaroline Furrer and Lauren McLeod all made their Quaker debuts last weekend. Macartney and Furrer were especially impressive, combining for 19 kills and four blocks.

*Juniors Michelle Pereira and Emily Friedler also put together standout efforts to begin the year. Pereira totaled a team-high 51 digs, while Friedler notched 39 digs and a team-best seven service aces.

Social Media
*Follow @PennVolleyball on Twitter and Instagram for live updates from The Palestra, as well as throughout the 2016 season.

Scouting the Field
*Bucknell
2016 Record (2015 Record): 2-4 (14-12)
Previous Meeting: The Quakers swept their previous meeting against the Bison on Sept. 20, 2008. Penn is 4-1 all-time versus Bucknell.
Quick Fact: GMU’s mark of 14-12 last season was their best record since 2006.

*George Mason
2016 Record (2015 Record):
0-6 (10-19)
Previous Meeting:
George Mason pulled out a five-set thriller against the Quakers last season at the season-opening D.C. Classic. Penn is 4-3 all-time against the Patriots.
Quick Fact:
Penn’s first-year assistant coach, Scott Schweihofer, spent the previous two seasons in the same capacity at GMU.

*Howard
2016 Record (2015 Record):
4-3 (18-14)
Previous Meeting:
Penn nabbed a 3-0 win over the Bison last season at the D.C. Classic. Courtney Quinn, Brooke Behrbaum and Hayley Molnar each chipped in four kills, as the Quakers improved to 6-0 all-time versus Howard.
Quick Fact:
Howard won 13 consecutive matches to end the regular season last year. The Bison went on to win the MEAC Championship and earn a berth into the NCAA Tournament.

*Lafayette
2016 Record (2015 Record):
2-2 (11-16)
Previous Meeting:
The Quakers and Leopards last met at the American University Tournament in 2007. Penn earned a 3-0 victory that day to improve to 13-1 all-time against Lafayette.
Quick Fact:
The Leopards went 8-3 against non-conference foes last season, before going 3-13 in the Patriot League.

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