PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team will host a pair of Ivy League matches at The Palestra this weekend. The Quakers will welcome Dartmouth to town on Friday night (7 p.m.), while Harvard visits on Saturday (5 p.m.).
How to Watch
*Both contests this weekend are set to broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network, while Saturday’s match will also stream live on ESPN3. Live stats for each matchup can be found by clicking HERE. Fans are also encouraged to follow @PennVolleyball on Twitter and Instagram for all things Red and Blue.
*The Quakers dropped their Ivy League opener last Saturday night, falling to Princeton in five sets at The Palestra. Penn put together one of its best games of the year to force a fifth set, but the reigning Ivy champs rebounded with a 15-5 triumph in the final frame.
*The Red and Blue had three players record double-doubles against the Tigers—led by Caroline Furrer’s 13 kills and 19 digs (career-high). Courtney Quinn joined in with her fifth double-double of the season with 10 kills and 13 digs, while Sydney Morton chipped in 41 assists and 10 digs.
*The Red and Blue have two players that are currently leading in the Ivy League statistics. Quinn continues to pace the Ancient Eight in total kills (126), while Michelle Pereira ranks first in total digs (211).
*As a team, the Quakers lead the conference in digs per set at 15.94. They also rank third in the league in services aces per set (1.45).
*The Quakers have won four of their six matches inside The Palestra this season. Coach Carr’s squads have always been strong at home, as she stands at 145-76 overall in University City.
Scouting the Crimson
*The reigning Ivy League champions have played an extremely tough schedule thus far, and have a record of 3-7 to show for it. The Crimson hold wins over Boston College, Siena and Dartmouth—and notable losses to Arizona State, Georgia and Duke.
*Harvard kicked off Ivy play with a 3-0 win (27-25, 25-16, 25-23) over Dartmouth last Friday night in Hanover.
*Harvard earned the Ivy League’s automatic berth into the NCAA Championships last season after defeating Princeton in a one-match playoff. The Crimson and Tigers tied for the regular-season crown with identical 10-4 records.
The Quakers are 45-18 all-time versus Harvard, but have dropped the last four
in the series. Coach Carr holds a career record of 22-13 against the Crimson.
Last Season: Harvard put together a pair of 3-0 wins over the Quakers last season.
Scouting the Big
*After winning six of their first seven matches, the Big Green have dropped four in a row to fall to 6-5 on the year. Most recently, Dartmouth fell in three sets to Harvard last Friday night.
*Senior Emily Astarita, a first-team All-Ivy selection last season, ranks third in the Ancient Eight in both total kills (116) and kills per set (3.14). She was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 12 after leading the Big Green to three wins at the Dartmouth Invitational.
*Dartmouth’s wins this season have come against Milwaukee,
George Mason, Sacred Heart, Central Connecticut, Niagara and Hartford.
Series History: Penn has won 19 matches in a row against Dartmouth, and leads the all-time series by a 47-7 margin.
Last Season: The Quakers snagged a pair of sweeps against a Dartmouth team that went 9-5 in the Ivy League last year. The Big Green finished third in the league standings with their highest win total in program history.
*The Quakers will hit the road for the first time in Ivy play next weekend, traveling to Columbia and Cornell.