PHILADELPHIA Penn’s second-half run of eight wins in its last 10 matches garnered enough attention from the Ivy League coaches that three Penn players were honored with spots on the 2008 All-Ivy team.
Julia Swanson was the 20th Quaker in the history of the program to be named first-team All-Ivy while Kathryn Turner and Madison Wojciechowski were named to the second team.
“A lot of teams had strong seasons, and for us to have three players honored by the league is quite an accomplishment,” head coach Kerry Carr said. “It is a tribute from the other coaches to how they thought our team played this season. Assistant coach Ryan Goodwin and I are extremely proud of the accomplishments of these three players and the team overall this season.”
Sophomore outside hitter Julia Swanson followed up a 2007 season which saw her named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and honorable mention All-Ivy with a 2008 campaign that saw her emerge as one of the Ancient Eight’s most potent attackers. She finished the season tops in the Ivy League with 359 kills, averaging 3.63 kills a set both new career highs. She had 13 double-doubles in 2008, all with double figures in kills and digs as she established herself as a defensive presence in addition to her offensive prowess.
“For Julia to be named first-team is quite an honor,” Carr said. “This season she became our go-to player in tough situations and she came through for us in a big way.”
Senior middle blocker Kathryn Turner earned her third spot on an All-Ivy team with her selection as second-team All-Ivy. In 2007, she was a first-team honoree and in 2006 she was named honorable mention All-Ivy. In 2008, Turner capped a stellar career in the middle for the Red and Blue, moving into second place all-time for block assists in a career with 280. She also added her second match with 10 block assists, equaling the fourth-best output in a single match by a Quaker a mark she first reached in 2005. Her 236 kills this season tied her career high and gave her 901 over her four seasons.
“Kat has played great volleyball for us over all four of her seasons,” said Carr. “This year has been stronger than ever and has been very important to our play in the middle on both offense and defense.”
Sophomore libero Madison Wojciechowski earned her first selection to the All-Ivy team, garnering second-team honors. In only her second season, she has already made her mark on the record books at Penn. Her 511 digs in 2008 broke the school record of 457 which was set by Wojciechowski in 2007. Against Cornell on Nov.1, she recorded 40 digs in a match, setting the new school record for digs in a single contest. She is one of just eight players in the nation to have recorded 40 or more digs in a match this season.
“Madison has proven herself as one of the top liberos in the Ivy League,” Carr said. “She keeps us in plays and is always in great position to extend the point.”
The 2008 All-Ivy volleyball team can be found here.