PHILADELPHIA - The Quakers finish their regular season on Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they host rival Princeton on senior day.
Last weekend Penn clinched the Ivy League title and its first NCAA tournament berth since 2003. A win over the Tigers on Wednesday would give the Red and Blue a 13-1 conference mark and would be the second victory over Princeton this season after snapping a six-game losing streak to the Tigers in their first meeting of the season. Prior to the match the Quakers will honor six members of the class of 2010 who have been a part of 62 Penn victories and also helped the team capture its eighth Ivy title this year.
Last Time Out
Needing a victory to clinch the conference crown outright, Penn lost a tough five-set match to Harvard on Friday night. The Quakers lost 22-25, 25-12, 25-27, 25-16 and 10-15 to snap their 11 match winning streak. Senior Elizabeth Semmens had 24 kills and 20 digs, while junior Madison Wojciechowski finished with 39 digs. On Saturday Penn didn't let its match with Dartmouth slip away, taking down the Big Green 26-24, 25-17, 22-25 and 25-16. Wojciechowski had 28 digs to lead the team, while freshman Lauren Martin added 20 kills and five total blocks.
When They Last Played
When the Quakers last faced Princeton, the Tigers were coming off their worst non-conference record in school history, going 1-9 record against Division I opponents to open the season. In the first Ivy match of the season for both teams it was Penn who came out on top, taking down Princeton in three sets 25-16, 25-21 and 25-15. Julia Swanson had 17 kills while Lauren Martin added 12, as the Quakers hit .317 and held the Tigers to .148. Senior Sheena Donohue hit .303 and had 12 kills and six digs for Princeton in the loss.
About The Tigers
Since its loss to Penn, Princeton has gone 9-3 in the conference behind the play of senior All-Ivy performer Sheena Donahue. Donahue leads the team in both kills (3.98) and digs (4.00) and is the only player in the Ivy League in the top seven in both categories. Donahue is the reigning conference Co-Player of the Week after recording 26 kills and 17 digs in a 3-2 win over Dartmouth and then 25 kills and 11 digs in a four-set win over Harvard. Lydia Rudnick is second on the team with 3.40 kills per set, while libero Hilary Ford is second with 3.67 digs per set and a team-high 4.63 in conference play.
Following the Red And Blue
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The Quakers are Ivy League Champions for the first time in six years and earned their first NCAA tournament berth since 2003. A win over Princeton would also give Penn a 13-1 conference record, matching the best mark in school history set in 2002 and equaled in 2003.
Top Ten Billing
Following one of its most impressive offensive weekends of the year, the Quakers have moved into the top ten in the nation in multiple statistical categories. Penn as a team is ranked seventh in the country in assists per set (13.69), ninth in kills per set (14.62) and 10th in digs per set (17.88). Junior Megan Tryon is ranked eighth in assists per set (11.91) while fellow classmate Madison Wojciechowski is seventh in the country with 5.56 digs per set.
Penn's 82 kills in its five set loss to Harvard was the most kills by the Red and Blue since November of 1985 against Maryland. It is also the third highest total in school history. The Quakers' 75 assists were also the fourth highest total in school history.
Megan Tryon had a career weekend for the Quakers. On Friday she totaled a career-high 68 assists, the fourth highest total in school history and followed it up on Saturday with 64 assists in just four sets of action. She now has 1,191 assists on the year, the third highest single season total.
Madison Wojciechowski had 39 digs against Harvard, just one dig short of her school record 40, set last year against Cornell. It also gave her 517 for the season, breaking her school single season record of 511. On Saturday she added 28 more digs to give her 1,513 in her career, just 12 from matching Cara Thomason's career record of 1,525.
Against Harvard, Elizabeth Semmens (24 kills) and Lauren Martin (22 kills) became the first pair of Penn teammates to have at least 20 kills in the same match since Elizabeth Kwak-Hefferan and Cara Thomason had 27 and 22 respectively against Cornell in 2003. Semmens and Martin then repeated their performance on Saturday with 22 and 20 kills apiece.
Can You Dig It?
Mary Russell is third on the team with 233 digs, and has reached double digits in 13 matches this season. She also set a career high with 17 digs against Villanova and matched it later in the season against Yale.
In The Heart Of Texas
Co-Captain Anne Magnuson was a force in the Quakers 3-1 win over Texas A&M Corpus-Christi. The senior set a career high with 17 kills and hit .419 with five total blocks to lead Penn to victory.
Felling A Bit Moody
Shannon Moody had her best match of the season in a five-set win over Towson. The senior tied a career high with 13 digs and also added two service aces in the win.
Co-Captain Elizabeth Semmens has 371 kills on the season, good for the third highest single season total in school history. With nine more kills she will pass Elizabeth Kwak-Hefferan's 2003 total of 379 for second all-time.
Senior Natalie Drucker had a streak of four consecutive games with at least two total blocks earlier this season. She had a season high three in a win over Towson, though it is short of her career high of ten set in 2007.
.500 Or Better
Senior Ashley Hawkins has hit .500 or better in a team-high six matches this season. Against Villanova she hit .500 with a career-high 17 kills to help Penn clinch the Big 5 tournament. She was also named Tournament MVP for her play.