NEW YORK- The Penn volleyball team is preparing for road Ivy League matches this weekend with Columbia and Cornell as they continue their quest to win their first Ivy championship since 2003. The Quakers (12-7, 5-2) find themselves tied with Yale, just two games behind rival Princeton for first place with five games to go this season. They will first face Columbia (3-15, 0-7) tonight before traveling to Ithaca for a contest with the defending Ivy League champions Cornell (7-11, 3-4) tomorrow afternoon.
The Quakers are in the midst of a five-game road trip dating back to an October 16 win at La Salle. Thus far, Penn has not been beaten, also taking down Dartmouth and Harvard away from home.
Last weekend, senior Anna Shlimak earned Ivy League Honor Roll status thanks to 33 kills against Dartmouth and Harvard. That included a career-high 19 kills against the Big Green last Friday. She added 30 digs (17 of which came against then-second place Dartmouth), six block assists and five aces as the Quakers earned their first two road victories in Ivy play this season.
The Quakers have already faced Columbia and Cornell this season, earning 3-0 victories over both at the Palestra. The Big Red came to Philadelphia on October 5, and the Quakers took down the defending league champs 30-28, 30-24, 30-26. The next day, the Lions roared into town only to be quickly tamed, 30-9, 30-21, 30-21.
Tonight's match at Columbia will take place at 7 p.m. Tomorrow, the Quakers will take on Cornell in Ithaca at 4 p.m.