Volleyball Hosts Villanova in Final Non-League Tune-Up

PHILADELPHIA - Penn (4-5) welcomes Villanova to The Palestra tonight for match four of their six-match homestand. The Quakers are riding a four-match winning streak that started Sept. 16 with a 3-0 win over Lipscomb and continued over the weekend as the Red and Blue went 3-0 in the Sheraton-Penn Invitational.

• Villanova (6-9, 1-1 BIG EAST) split its opening weekend of BIG EAST matches — sweeping DePaul Saturday before losing to Notre Dame, 3-1, Sunday. The loss to the Fighting Irish snapped a five-match winning streak. Wildcat senior Jenna Link was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll. She opened the third game of Nova’s match versus DePaul with 19 straight serves — breaking the NCAA record of 18 set last season.

• Freshman Elizabeth Semmens was named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week for her efforts over the weekend. Semmens registered 24 kills in two matches. Against Fairliegh Dickinson she had 14 kills and hit .333.

• Laura Black (MVP), Anna Shlimak and Semmens were named to the Sheraton-Penn Invitational all-tournament team. Black led Penn in kills (39) and hitting percentage (.333). Shlimak tallied 34 kills and 34 digs.

• In their meeting last season, Villanova beat the Quakers 31-29, 30-25 and 30-24 at Nevin Gymnasium. Kathryn Turner led Penn with nine kills. The Wildcats lead the all-time series 21-14.

• Saturday, Penn continues its homestand by opening its Ivy League slate. The Quakers welcome rival Princeton to The Palestra for a 7 p.m. start.

• Penn is currently eighth in the country averaging 19.52 digs per game. Last season the Quakers finished 17th in the nation (18.56).