Volleyball Opens Ivy Play Saturday at Princeton

PHILADELPHIA - The women's volleyball team opens Ivy play this weekend, heading to Princeton Saturday evening.

The Quakers finished their non-conference schedule with a 9-4 record, their best mark to start a season since going 10-3 in 2002. The Red and Blue now face off against a Princeton squad which is 2-9 on the season, with wins over Seton Hall and Juniata thus far.

The Tigers and Penn have played two common opponents this season, with Princeton losing in five sets to both George Washington and Villanova. The Quakers meanwhile beat Villanova in five sets at the Big Five Tournament, but lost in straight sets to George Washington two weeks ago.

Penn features a balanced attack this season, as three different players have over 100 kills, while a fourth, Julia Swanson, missed time due to injury, but is averaging 2.76 kills per set. Elizabeth Semmens leads the Penn attack with 179 kills (3.73) and also has a team-high eight double-doubles. Junior Megan Tryon leads the Quakers with 543 assists (10.86), good for 27th in the country.

On defense, junior Madison Wojciechowski leads the Quakers with 262 digs (5.46), while Semmens is second with 120 (2.50) and senior Mary Russell is third with 118 (2.41). At the net, senior Ashley Hawkins has a team-high 39 total blocks (0.91), while junior Britt Danneman is second with 21 total blocks (0.72).

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Last Time Out
Penn went 1-2 in the Holiday Inn HD Tournament at the Palestra. The Quakers opened with a 3-0 win over St. Francis (Pa.), but lost to Santa Clara 3-0 on Friday. On Saturday, Penn lost 3-1 to Albany. Freshman Lauren Martin was the lone Quaker named to the all-tournament team.

About The Tigers
The Tigers are 2-9 on the season and are led by senior co-captain Sheena Donohue. A two-time All-Ivy selection, she leads the team with 3.2 kills (129) and 4.3 digs per set (172). Also providing an impact is freshman Lydia Rudnick, who is averaging more than three kills per set and nearly three digs per set. Sophomore Cathryn Quinn, starting in her second year as a middle blocker, leads the team with a .257 attack percentage and is averaging 2.5 kills per set.

The Matchup
Princeton has won its last seven meetings against Penn, including nine out of ten overall. The Quakers last victory over the Tigers came on September 30, 2005, when this year's seniors were seniors in high school.

2008 Ivy Review
Penn finished third in the Ivy League in 2008, despite opening conference play 1-3. Despite the slow start, the Quakers used a seven match winning streak to stay in contention for first place up until the second to last weekend of the year. The Red and Blue finished third in the conference with a 9-5 record, behind Yale (12-1) and Princeton (12-2).

A License To Kill
Over her last five matches, Lauren Martin has a team high 66 kills (3.47) and is hitting .297. Elizabeth Semmens is second on the team over the same time period in kills, with 65 (3.25) and digs, with 53 (2.65).

Jack Of All Trades
In her last six matches, junior Megan Tryon has been doing a bit of everything for the Quakers. Over that time, she leads the team with 230 assists (10.45), six service aces (0.27) and second on the team with eight total blocks (0.36) and third with 50 digs (2.27).

Coming Out Party
In Penn's four-set loss to Albany, freshman Amanda Pacheco had eight kills while hitting .438. She also added two block assists and two digs.

By The Numbers

Penn moved to 8-0 on the season when it wins the second set and 5-0 when it wins the fourth set. The Quakers are 7-1 when they out dig their opponent. The lone exception was Penn's loss to Albany in which the Red and Blue held a 77-75 advantage. Penn had a season high nine service aces in its win over St. Francis last weekend