PHILADELPHIA--Head Coach Kerry Major Carr announced the Penn volleyball team's 2009 schedule with two home tournaments and a trip to Texas on the docket.
“I am really looking forward to our 2009 schedule,” said Carr. “Not only have we scheduled some great national competition from across the county that will help us prepare for the Ivy League, but we are hosting two strong tournaments at The Palestra.”
The Quakers will start the season hosting the Big 5 Tournament at The Palestra over Labor Day weekend.
“We are extremely excited to put together the inaugural Big 5 volleyball tournament, where we play all of the volleyball schools in the Big 5 under one venue, instead of the home-away schedule we had in the past,” said Carr. “It is exciting to finally be able to crown a Big 5 volleyball champion of Philadelphia in 2009!”
The next weekend puts Penn on the road to Texas for the Houston Baptist Invitational.
“Our trip to the great state of Texas will be our first road test of the season and is where we have been getting a pipeline of strong recruits, such as Julia Swanson, our 2007 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and incoming freshman AVCA All-American Lauren Martin,” said Carr. “In addition to two strong Texas schools, we will also face a tough southern California opponent there as well.”
The team stays on the road for the Towson Invitational before coming home to close out September and the tournament season with their Holiday Inn HD Tourney at The Palestra. The Quakers will bring in St. Francis (Pa.), Santa Clara and Albany for the two-day tournament.
“Our Holiday Inn Tournament is going to be highlighted by perennial Top 20 and past Final Four candidate, Santa Clara, on our home court for the most challenging match of the season,” said Carr. “This tough but exciting non-conference schedule should ready us for the rigors of the weekend Ivy League match schedule with tons of experience and confidence.”
October brings the Ivy slate with Princeton to kick things off on Oct. 3. The Red and Blue play the first three weekends and five matches on the road before hosting four matches to wrap up October. November starts on the road at Columbia and Cornell, but the Quakers finish at home with Harvard, Dartmouth and Princeton.