PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team hits the road for the first time in Ivy play this weekend, heading to Cornell on Friday night (7 p.m.) and Columbia on Saturday (5 p.m.). The Quakers sit at 2-1 in the Ivy League after sweeping last weekend’s matches against Dartmouth and Harvard.
How to Watch
*Both of this weekend’s matches will be televised live on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN). This is a pay service—register for the entire season here! With the ILDN, you will be able to watch all of Penn’s home matches, as well as their Ivy League road contests. That adds up to all 11 of the Quakers’ remaining matches.
*The Quakers are coming off their best weekend of the season, as they knocked off both Harvard (3-1) and Dartmouth (3-2) inside The Palestra. It was Penn’s first five-set win of the season—the 20th straight over Dartmouth—as well as the first triumph over Harvard since 2013.
*In a weekend filled with outstanding individual efforts, junior Sydney Morton and freshman Caroline Furrer stole the show against Dartmouth and Harvard. Morton filled up the stat sheet—piling up 6 kills, 38 assists and 12 digs versus the Big Green, and six kills, 45 assists and 11 digs against the Crimson. Furrer combined for 27 kills and 27 digs in the two triumphs, while also adding four service aces.
*Courtney Quinn joined in with a career-best 16 kills against Dartmouth, en route to registering her team-leading sixth double-double of the season (13 digs). Not to be outdone, junior captain Kendall Covington totaled 21 kills and six blocks over the two matches.
*Penn is now 6-2 inside the friendly confines of The Palestra this season. With 11 matches still remaining, the Quakers have just four home contests left.
*Michelle Pereira currently ranks third in the Ivy League in digs per set at 4.39. Most recently, she recorded 14 digs against Harvard and 21 versus Dartmouth. Pereira also ranks ninth in the conference in service aces per set (0.32). Quinn slipped down one notch in the Ivy stats, but still ranks second within the conference in total kills (149).
*The Red and Blue have shown to be one of the most balanced squads in the Ivy League. Penn has six players with more than 40 kills this season, while four Quakers have totaled more than 100 total digs. Penn currently leads the Ivy League in digs per set at 15.96.
Scouting the Big
*Cornell is still seeking its first Ivy win this season. The Big Red currently sit at 5-7 overall and 0-3 inside the Ancient Eight. Most recently, Cornell fell to Brown (3-2) and Yale (3-1) last weekend in Ithaca. The Big Red also dropped a 3-2 decision to Columbia to open Ivy action.
*Sophomore Carla Sganderlla, who led the Big Red in kills as a freshman, currently ranks fifth in the Ivy League in kills per set (2.94) and first in service aces per set (0.53). Kit McCarty follows just shy of Sganderlla at No. 6 in the conference with 2.89 kills per set.
*Cornell’s wins this season have come against Colgate, Marist, Nebraska-Omaha, Bucknell and Buffalo.
Penn leads the all-time series, 45-28. The Quakers are 12-2 versus Cornell over
the last seven seasons.
Last Season: The Red and Blue were victorious in both matchups against Cornell in 2015, including a 3-2 road win to close out the season. Penn picked up a 3-1 win at The Palestra on Oct. 9.
Scouting the Lions
*Winners of six straight matches, Columbia has a 3-0 record in the Ivy League for the first time in program history. The Lions have conference wins over Brown (3-0), Yale (3-2) and Cornell (3-2). Columbia’s other wins in this current streak have come against Hartford, Providence and Fordham.
*Cassie Wes, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, ranks second in the country in digs per set (5.56). Freshman Grace Campbell paces the Ivy League in assists per set (10.13).
*Columbia takes on Princeton on Friday night, pitting the only league unbeatens against each other.
Series History: Penn
and Columbia have split their last 10 meetings. The Quakers lead the all-time series,
Last Season: The Quakers and Lions split last season, with each squad picking up road victories. Covington had six kills in Penn’s sweep of Columbia at Levien Gym last season.