NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Penn volleyball team travels to Yale tonight for a rematch with the Bulldogs, the only Ivy League team to defeat the Quakers at the Palesta this season. Penn (16-7, 9-2) is a game up on Yale (14-6, 8-3) in the Ivy League standings for second place and remains just two games behind first-place Princeton with three matches to go.
The Quakers and Bulldogs faced off October 13 in Philadelphia, with Yale emerging as the 3-0 victors. That loss was the last suffered by Penn, which has since gone on a 7-game winning streak.
Last weekend, Penn kept its title hopes alive with victories over Harvard and Dartmouth at the Palestra. The Crimson seemed poised to pull off an upset early when they led 1-0 in the match and 29-27 in the second game, but a furious charge by the Quakers gave Penn the second game, and they never looked back, allowing no more than 20 points in the any of the next five games of the weekend against Harvard and Dartmouth. Junior Kathryn Turner keyed the Penn offensive attack with 35 kills on the weekend, including a career-high 20 kills against the Crimson and a 15-kill, no error performance against the Big Green on Saturday. Senior Linda Zhang also had a memorable weekend with a career-high 63 assists against Harvard.
With a season-ending match against first-place Princeton looming next week, the Quakers are focused on the business at hand this weekend in New England. After facing Yale tonight, Penn travels to Providence for a match against a Brown team that it defeated 3-0 in Philadelphia on October 12.
"We have proven to ourselves that we are the best team in the league," said head coach Kerry Carr. "Now we are looking forward to proving it to everyone else with wins this weekend."
Tonight's match begins from New Haven at 7 p.m., while tomorrow's battle with Brown starts at 4 p.m.