PHILADELPHIA - The Penn volleyball team looks for its first Ivy victory of the season this weekend when it host Yale, Friday at 7 p.m., and then Brown, Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Palestra.
The Quakers hope to rebound from their first winless weekend of the year and earn their first Ivy victory of 2010 when the Bulldogs come into the Palestra on Friday.
Last Time Out
Penn saw a 2-0 lead slip out of its hands in a 3-2 defeat to rival Princeton on Friday. The Quakers won the first two sets 26-24, 25-15, and were tied 22 apiece in the third before the Tigers mounted a comeback. Princeton took the set 25-23 and won the final two 25-19 and 15-9. Julia Swanson had 20 kills in the loss, while Madison Wojciechowski added 33 digs. A night later the Red and Blue put up a fight against BIG EAST foe Marquette, but came up on the short end, 19-25, 22-25, 10-25. Sophomore Lauren Martin had three block assists and ten kills in the loss.
The Quakers beat Yale in both of their meetings last year, defeating the 2008 Ivy League Champions in New Haven 3-2 and then winning 3-1 in Philadelphia. Martin had her coming out party against the defending Ivy champs, hitting .302 and recording 21 kills in each of her two matches against the Bulldogs.
The Red and Blue took care of Brown 3-1 and 3-0 last year, and own a three-match winning streak against the Bears. In 2009 it was the Quakers defense which proved to be the difference, as they averaged over 20 digs per set, with Wojciechowski, Swanson and senior Megan Tryon combining to average 14.1 digs per set. Wojciechowski led the team with 51 digs over the two matches.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale enters the weekend with an 8-5 overall record and a 2-0 mark in the Ivies after defeating Brown twice last weekend. The Bulldogs feature a balanced attack on offense, as three different players average 2.5-3.5 kills per set. Junior Bridget Hearst leads the team at 3.49 while hitting .288. Freshman Erica Reetz is second at 2.93, and sophomore Haley Wessels is third at 2.51, but leads the regulars with a .295 hitting percentage. Freshman Kendall Polan is the team's primary setter, dishing 9.98 assists per set, but also has been hitting lately, finishing with 11 kills in her last match. Senior Kelly Ozurovich leads the defense with 5.40 digs per set and Katie Cordell is second at 4.06, as Yale's 18.4 digs per set is good for fifth in the country. At the net, Yale averages 1.69 blocks per set, led by freshman McHaney Carter who has 30 total blocks (.88 B/S).
Scouting the Bears
Brown comes into the weekend with a 6-8 record, already matching last season's win total, despite losing a pair of matches to Yale, 3-0 and 3-2 last weekend. The Bears' offense is led by sophomore Katrina Post and freshman Emma Pastore who are tied for the team lead with 2.48 kills pet set. Freshman Alexandra Rieckhoff serves as the team's primary setter, averaging 9.22 assists per set and is also second on the team with 2.28 digs per set. Junior Annika Gliottone leads the team with 4.12 digs per set, as the team averages 14.94. Sophomore Kathryn Glickman provides the defense at the net, averaging 1.00 block per set, while senior Danielle Vaughn is second at .70.
Going for Win 203
With two wins this weekend, head coach Kerry Carr would tied the program's all-time win record of 203, set by Joe Sagula. Carr has 201 victories in 14 seasons at the helm of the Quakers. She also will be going for her 99th career Ivy League victory Friday against Yale.
Megan Tryon leads the league in assists per set at 10.11 ... Madison Wojciechowski is second in digs per set (5.61) ... Julia Swanson is ranked fifth with 3.27 kills per set ... Amanda Pacheco and Susan Stuecheli are currently ranked third and sixth respectively in hitting percentage at .332 and .315 ... Stuecheli also ranks fifth in blocks per set with .98.
The Red and Blue are currently ranked 17th in the country averaging 17.4 digs per set. Penn was one of four Ivy League teams to appear in the 20. Wojciechowski is ranked ninth individually in digs per set at 5.61.
Making a Killing
Swanson finished with 20 kills against Princeton on Friday, the tenth 20-kill match of her career. It was the first 20-kill match for the senior since she hit 25 kills against Temple in the 2009 season opener.
Can You Dig It?
Wojciechowski recorded double-digit digs in both matches over the weekend, extending her streak of matches with at least ten digs to a school-record 22 matches. Overall she has recorded double-digit digs in 86 of the 93 career matches.
Against Princeton, Stuecheli became just the second freshman in the last decade to hit .500 or better with at least 12 kills in a match. The only other freshman to achieve that feat was now sophomore Lauren Martin, who did it on three occasions last year.
First-year Kristin Schoonover set a career-high with 14 digs against Princeton on Friday. Fellow classmate Kristen Etterbeek also played well in the match, setting career-highs in kills (9) and blocks (4) while also adding five digs.
Pacheco had a career-high eight total blocks against Princeton. She had two solo blocks and six block assists, becoming the second Quaker this season with at least eight total blocks in a match. Stuecheli had nine in a match against Villanova.