Volleyball Hosts New York Ivies this Weekend

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team will conclude its five-match homestand this weekend when the Quakers take on Cornell and Columbia for the second time this season. The Red and Blue will first host the Big Red on Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on the Lions on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Live Video/Stats

A live video feed for the matches on Friday and Saturday will be provided by the Ivy League Digital Network. Four packages are available to purchase, including a $9.95/day pass for everything Penn. See http://www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com/packages for full details.

You can also follow all the action on live stats by clicking here.

Links for the video stream and stats can also be found on the Penn volleyball schedule.

Previously on the Court

Penn recorded its second 3-0 victory in Ivy play this season in last Friday’s Dig Pink match against Ivy archrival Princeton. Not only did the Quakers (10-9 overall, 4-4 Ivy) claim a victory on the court, but they surpassed their campaign goal of $4,000 for the Side-Out Foundation.

In the 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-20) triumph over the Tigers, four Quakers -- senior captain Kristen Etterbeek and sophomores Alexis Genske, Michellie McDonald-O’Brien, Jasmine DeSilva -- led with eight kills apiece.

The offense was set by sophomores Alex Caldwell (24) and Ronnie Bither (14). Genske also contributed 10 digs behind senior captain Dani Shepherd, who led with 16 and also produced five of the team’s 10 service aces.

Scouting Cornell and Columbia

Columbia hosted Cornell last weekend to kick off the second half of Ivy play and looked to even out their season series at one apiece. However, Cornell once again prevailed in the second five-setter of the season between these two teams, winning 3-2 (26-28, 25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 15-9). The Big Red (7-11 overall) and Lions (5-12 overall) are 3-5 in the Ivy League and in a three-way tie for fifth with Dartmouth.

Five players registered double-digit kills for Cornell: Breanna Wong (19), Grayce Campbell (15), Sarah Kramer (14), Rachel D’Epagnier (12), and Macey Wilson (10).

Columbia was led by Bailey Springer, who had 17 kills and 14 digs. Zoe Jacobs and Katarina Jovicic followed with 15 and 13 kills, respectively.

The Big Red outkilled the Lions, 73-61, but were outblocked 13-10.

Second Time Around

The Quakers started the second half of Ivy play with a sweep over Princeton and look to continue the streak. Last time Penn faced Columbia and Cornell this season, they left New York 1-1 after two five-setters.

Penn first travelled to Upper Manhattan and fell in a five-set heartbreaker to the Lions, 3-2 (25-22, 11-25, 25-20, 23-25, 7-15) but rebounded the next day with a win over the Big Red in a five-set thriller, 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-13).

Palestra Magic

Both visiting teams this weekend sport a 3-5 home-court record, while the Quakers hold a strong 5-2 record on the Palestra court. Since the return home this month, Penn has recorded 148 kills, 142 assists, 190 digs, and 22 blocks over the 11 sets played. The Red and Blue are 2-1, with the two victories being the most recent matches -- Dartmouth and Princeton.