PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team will play its fourth-straight home match on Tuesday night against Delaware at 7 p.m. The Blue Hens are a familiar foe for the Quakers, with the two teams meeting in each of the past five seasons.
*It will be a quick turnaround for the Quakers, who hosted their annual Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Invitational at The Palestra over the weekend. Penn put together a 2-1 record in its first home action of the season, playing all three matches in a matter of just 24 hours.
*The Quakers notched wins over Fairfield and Delaware State before falling in four sets to a tough Towson squad on Saturday night. Penn defeated the Stags in four sets on Friday night, and completed a 3-0 sweep of Delaware State on Saturday morning.
*Alexis Genske once again led the way for the Quakers over the weekend. The senior captain produced three consecutive double-doubles, averaging 3.18 kills and 4.0 digs (both team highs) per set. She also chipped in six blocks, while playing in all 11 games.
*Sophomore Kendall Covington and senior Alex Caldwell put together strong weekends as well. Covington was the most efficient offensive player for the Quakers, hitting a team-high .370 with 23 kills. She also added a squad-best 17 blocks. Caldwell finished with 21 kills and a .315 hitting clip.
*Senior setter Ronnie Bither was vital to the trio’s success, dishing out 9.62 assists per set. She was especially impressive in the loss to Towson posting a line of 37 assists, 13 digs and seven kills.
*Freshmen also made impacts over the weekend for Penn. Courtney Quinn ranked fourth on the team with 18 kills, while Grace James registered 25 assists and eight digs in four sets of action. Nicole Profit, Kynnedie Maloz and Brooke Behrbaum also made their Palestra debuts.
Scouting the Blue Hens
Delaware (4-5) enters Tuesday after picking up a pair of wins at the University of New Hampshire Holly Young Invitational this past weekend. Following a sweep of the Host Wildcats, Delaware earned a 3-2 win over Boston College on Saturday. The Blue Hens also have wins over Central Florida and Jacksonville so far this season. Autumn Jenkins and Katie Hillman have been the offensive stars in the early going for Delaware, totaling 199 kills in 72 combined sets (2.76 k/set). Three of Delaware’s five losses this year have come in five sets.
This will be the sixth consecutive season in which Delaware and Penn will meet on the volleyball court. The Blue Hens currently hold a 10-9 overall advantage and have won three of the last five meetings. Last season, Delaware swept the Quakers at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark. Jenkins had a team-high 10 kills in the win, while Chandler Bryant hit a team-best .389 with nine kills. Penn registered back-to-back five-set wins over the Blue Hens in 2012 and 2013, coming back from 2-0 deficits both times.
The Quakers will continue their current home stand on Friday night at 7 p.m. against Big 5 rival, Villanova.