Volleyball Announces 2011 Schedule

Complete Schedule

PHILADELPHIA - The two-time defending Ivy League champion Quakers have announced their schedule for the upcoming season. Penn plays against teams from some of the nation's power conferences and also hosts the Big 5 Tournament and the Penn Invitational sponsored by the Crowne Plaza West Philadelphia.

Penn went 17-11 and 12-2 in league play a year ago to clinch a share of the team's second consecutive Ivy championship. The Red and Blue then punched their ticket to the Big Dance with a 3-2 victory in a one-game playoff with co-champion Yale.

This season the Quakers hope to once again be tested before Ivy season begins, highlighted by a pair of home tournaments, and a trip to Ohio for a battle with a pair of nationally recognized programs.

For the third straight season, the Red and Blue open the season with the Big 5 Tournament, held at the Palestra, September 2-3. Highlighting the tournament will be a Saturday evening match against Villanova, a team which went 23-7 in 2010 and beat the Quakers in five sets last year after falling to the Red and Blue in five back in 2009. Penn also faces Temple and La Salle in the tournament, teams they have beaten each of the past two years.

The weekend of September 9-10 the Quakers travel to Ohio for the Toledo Tournament, where they will take on Ohio State, Toledo and Alabama. The Buckeyes finished the season ranked 19th in the final AVCA poll and reached the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 5 Stanford. Toledo went 13-17 but did upset nationally ranked Michigan a season ago, while Alabama plays in the always tough SEC and should provide a challenge for the Red and Blue.

Penn comes back come to the Palestra the following weekend for a four-team tournament, sponsored by the Crowne Plaza West Philadelphia, and featuring Rhode Island, UMBC and William & Mary. The Rams come from the Atlantic-10 and finished 14-14 last year. UMBC placed third in the American East a season ago and William & Mary was ranked in the middle of the Colonial Athletic Association in 2010.

The Quakers last non-conference match of the season comes on Saturday, September 24, when Penn battles with CAA champion and 2010 NCAA participant Delaware. The Blue Hens went 26-6 a season ago, including a 3-1 victory over the Red and Blue in Newark.

Penn begins league play the night before, as the team travels down to Princeton for a showdown with the Tigers. Last year in Princeton, the Quakers won a dramatic 3-2 battle to clinch a share of the Ivy League title and win their second straight at Dillon Gym.

The Red and Blue continue Ivy play, hosting Dartmouth and Harvard the following weekend before traveling to Cornell and Columbia, October 7-8. Penn then returns home for matches against Brown and 2010 Co-Ivy champion Yale. The Quakers end their three-match homestand with a match against Princeton, Friday, October 21.

Penn takes to the road for a pair of trips to New England, facing Harvard and Dartmouth (Oct. 28-29) and then battles with Yale and Brown (Nov. 4-5). The Quakers are home for the final weekend of the year, hosting Columbia and Cornell for Alumni Weekend, November 11-12.

The Red and Blue return 14 players in 2011, including seven who played in at least 22 matches last season. Penn also welcomes seven incoming freshmen into the fold.

2011 Volleyball Schedule

Temple - Sept. 2
La Salle - Sept. 3
Villanova - Sept. 3

vs. Ohio St. - Sept. 9
at Toledo - Sept. 10
vs. Alabama - Sept. 10
Rhode Island - Sept. 16
UMBC - Sept. 17
William & Mary - Sept. 17

at Princeton - Sept. 23
Delaware - Sept. 24
Dartmouth - Sept. 30
Harvard - Oct. 1

at Cornell - Oct. 7
at Columbia - Oct. 8
Brown - Oct. 14
Yale - Oct. 15
Princeton - Oct. 21

at Harvard - Oct. 28
at Dartmouth - Oct. 29
at Yale - Nov. 4
at Brown - Nov. 5
Columbia - Nov. 11
Cornell - Nov. 12