PHILADELPHIA Penn heads to New Jersey on Wednesday night for the final volleyball match of the 2008 season as the Quakers take on the Princeton Tigers.
While the top of the Ivy League standings is set with Yale securing first place and Princeton locking up second, Penn has a chance to settle its place in the standings tonight. A Quaker win will result in Penn owning sole possession of third place in the Ancient Eight with a final 10-4 league record. A loss would drop the Red and Blue to 9-5 and tie them with Cornell for third.
The Quakers and the Tigers met once previously in 2008, with Princeton leaving The Palestra with a convincing 3-0 victory. Princeton was able to take the first set 25-16 and then cruised to the win with 25-19 and 25-10 set wins in the final two frames. Parker Henritze led the way for Princeton with 13 kills and 11 digs. Kathryn Turner had eight kills for the Quakers.
Since the loss to Princeton Oct. 4, Penn has won nine of its last 12 matches including a seven-match win streak from Oct. 18 through Nov. 8. Princeton has won 10 of 12 matches since the two teams last met, with both losses coming at the hands of Ivy champ Yale.
The Tigers own a six-match winning streak over the Quakers, with Penn’s last win coming Sept. 30, 2005 in Princeton. Seniors Stephanie Gwin and Turner are the only current Penn players with a win over Princeton to their credit. Only Turner played in the last win over the Tigers, registering five kills and factoring in on four blocks in the match.
Last weekend saw two Penn players make their marks in the Penn record books. Sophomore libero Madison Wojciechowski broke her own record for digs in a season. She currently has 491 digs this season, which surpassed the previous high of 457.
Turner took over sole possession of second place in career block assists by a Quaker with 276. She moved past Kari Sommerstad who had 272 block assists from 1982-85.
Tonight will be the final match in a Penn uniform for Gwin and Turner. Gwin had her finest match as a Quaker in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Brown. She set a career-high with 10 kills on 22 attempts with only one error for a hitting percentage of .409. She also assisted on four blocks.
The match can be viewed via live streaming via the webcasts link at www.PennAthletics.com.