PHILADELPHIA – While this weekend, for many, is all about costumes, pumpkins and candy, it is all about something much different for the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team. With a few tricks up their sleeves, the Quakers (6-13, 3-5 Ivy) head to New York in hopes of adding two more wins after battling Cornell on Halloween and Columbia the following day. Friday’s match in Ithaca will begin at 7 p.m. in the Newman Arena, while Saturday’s New York City contest in Levien Gymnasium will get underway at 5 p.m.
If you are unable to attend this weekend’s contests in New York, you can catch all of the action through live stats or on the Ivy League Digital Network by clicking the following links.
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Last Time on the Court: Princeton
Last weekend marked the second half of Ivy play, as Penn took the court with rival Princeton on Friday for the second time this season. After evening the score at 1-1 with a second-set win over the Tigers in Dillon Gym, the Red and Blue fell short in the next two for a 3-1 loss, (25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19). It was the first time since 2011 that the Quakers lost to Princeton both times in a season.
The Tigers claimed the game’s momentum early for the set-one victory, but Penn rallied back in the second and sealed the set win with a block from senior captain Trina Ohms and freshman Kendall Covington. As neither team could gain the upper hand for much of the third, it looked as if the two teams were back to their old ways of playing a five-set thriller. However, Princeton took the advantage after rattling off six-straight points for a 25-19 victory, and continued to hold the reins in the fourth with a 20-9 lead margin. The Quakers put forth a valiant effort to push the match to a decisive fifth set, but the Tigers were ultimately victorious winning the fourth set by an identical score, 25-19.
Despite the loss, junior Alex Caldwell recorded her third triple-double of the season (14K, 19A, 10D) and second in a row, while junior captain Alexis Genske put up 10 kills of her own.
Scouting Cornell (4-14, 1-7 Ivy)
The Big Red comes into this weekend looking to capitalize on their newfound momentum, having captured their first Ivy League win of the season on Friday against Columbia at home, 3-2 (25-18, 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 20-18).
With favor on their side after second and third set wins, the Lions looked to be the imminent winner, going up 11-7 in the fourth. However, a determined Cornell team was not ready to let another Ivy League win slip through their fingers and found motivation to power through the next two sets. Freshman standout Maddy Sroufe proved her ability to be a competitive opponent, managing 11 digs, three block assists and a career-high 20 kills. Her impressive play not only helped Cornell end a nine-match losing streak, but it also earned her Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. After the League’s weekly announcement on Tuesday, Sroufe became the first Big Red player since Katie Marshall in 2007 to earn a pair of the Rookie awards. Other noteworthy performances include freshman Emily Wemhoff’s double-double of 15 kills and 12 digs, and sophomore Jasmine Robinson’s six kills and seven block assists. Robinson also proved to be the catalyst that altered the Big Red’s shaky start to the fifth set. Down 9-4, a Robinson kill along with her next few serves, including two aces, tied the teams at 10-10. But it was sophomore Macey Wilson who propelled Cornell to a victory in extra points with back-to-back kills to end the set in dramatic fashion, 20-18.
Scouting Columbia (7-10, 3-5 Ivy)
In what hoped to end in a sweep, Columbia traveled to Ithaca on Friday to take on in-state rival Cornell. However, things did not go according to the Lions’ plans as they left New York City crushed by a five-setter that went the other way, splitting the season with the Big Red. Although five different players logged double-digit kills – including 18 from junior Bailey Springer and 10 each from freshman Carla Dibbs, junior Katarine Jovicic, and sophomores Zoe Jacobs and Kesi Neblett – the Lions could not manage to hold on to a 2-1 lead after three. In the fifth-set showdown, the Lions pounced early, going up 8-3. However, the Big Red was relentless, forcing the match to an 18-18 tie before ending it with two kills.
Composite Ivy League Schedule