Volleyball Opens Against Temple In Televised Contest

2010 Volleyball Schedule

PHILADELPHIA - Fresh off the program's ninth Ivy League title and first-ever NCAA postseason victory, the Penn volleyball team begins its season with a televised match against city rival Temple in the Big 5 Tournament.

The Quakers' opener on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. against the Owls will be televised by the Comcast Network in Philadelphia as the second match of the Big 5 Tournament but the first of the tourney for either team. In 2009 the Red and Blue also opened its season against Temple, defeating the Owls in a tight five-set match, 25-19, 25-23, 17-25, 22-25 and 16-14. Penn went on to sweep its other two matches against Big 5 competition, dispatching La Salle in four sets and then outlasting Villanova in five behind a career-high 17 kills from then senior Ashley Hawkins.

This year the Red and Blue will once again follow a similar schedule on Saturday, Sept. 4, taking on a La Salle squad which struggled to a 3-30 mark last season, at 4 p.m., before taking the court against BIG EAST foe Villanova at 7 p.m. In addition to the Wildcats, Penn faces two other BIG EAST teams, as well as squads from the ACC, Pac-10 and Conference USA in 2010.

The Quakers follow the Big 5 Tournament with three consecutive weekends outside of the Keystone state. Sept. 10, Penn travels down to College Park to take on tournament host Maryland. A day later the Red and Blue square off against NCAA tournament qualifier Tulane and MAAC power Fairfield. The Terrapins went 14-19 a season ago, including 6-14 in the ACC, while Tulane went 18-12 to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tourney. Fairfield, meanwhile, finished its fourth straight season with at least 19 wins last year.

Penn's hardest test of the year comes the following weekend when the team travels west to face off against Cal State Fullerton, UCLA, Liberty and West Virginia. The Titans tied the school record for victories a season ago, with 18, while UCLA finished the 2009 season with a 24-9 mark and a No. 14 ranking in the final AVCA poll. Liberty will also provide a challenge, coming off a 20-win season and finishing just out of a tournament berth, losing in the Big South tournament final. Penn's final match of the trip is against BIG EAST foe West Virginia, a team which went 16-14 a year ago.

The Red and Blue return to the east coast to wrap up the September schedule with a match at Delaware on the 25th. The Blue Hens went 21-8 a season ago and have reached the NCAA tournament two of the last three seasons.

Princeton travels to the Palestra Oct. 1 in the Ivy opener for both squads, in what will be Penn's first home match in nearly a month. In 2009 Red and Blue swept Princeton for the first time since 2003, silencing the Tigers, 3-0 and 3-1.

The Quakers finish their non-conference schedule a night later in a home match against Marquette. The Golden Eagles went 18-12 last year and 6-8 in the BIG EAST.

Ancient Eight play takes center stage starting Oct. 8 as Penn hosts Yale, Friday at 7 p.m., and Brown at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Quakers continue the homestand the following weekend, taking on Dartmouth Oct. 15, and Harvard a night later.

Penn takes to the road for two weeks with matches at Cornell, Columbia, Brown and Yale before coming back to Philadelphia. The Quakers conclude their home schedule Nov. 5 and 6 against Columbia and Cornell, and finish off league play on the road with matches against Harvard, Dartmouth, and Princeton on November 17 at 7 p.m.