PHILADELPHIA - Penn (4-6) hosts Princeton (9-0) in both teams’ Ivy League opener. The Quakers are coming off a 3-0 loss to Villanova Wednesday evening.
The Red and Blue’s four-match win streak came to a halt Wednesday at the hands of Villanova. The Wildcats downed Penn 30-24, 30-25 and 30-22. Penn built up leads in the first two games, but saw them slip away both times. In game two, the Quakers were victimized by a 9-0 Villanova run. Penn took the lead thanks to a five-point run, but the Wildcats closed out the set with a five-point run of their own. Linda Zhang and Meredith Damore had three service aces a piece.
Princeton has played in three preseason tournaments thus far and swept all three. Last weekend the Tigers completed a three-match sweep at the Red Flash Invitational in Loretto, Pa. Lindsay Ensign was named tournament MVP, tallying 45 kills and hitting .538.
Last season, these two rivals split their season series. Penn took the first meeting, 3-1. In both teams’ final match of the season, Princeton returned the favor, winning the match 3-1. Princeton leads the all-time series 33-24.
Freshman Elizabeth Semmens was named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week for her efforts over the weekend. Semmens registered 24 kills in two matches. Against Fairleigh Dickinson she had 14 kills and hit .333.
Coming into the week Penn was eighth in the country averaging 19.52 digs per game. After Wednesday’s match the Quakers are averaging 18.9 per game. Last season they finished 17th in the nation (18.56).
Tuesday, Penn closes out its homestand and its non-league schedule, hosting La Salle at 7 p.m.
This weekend in the Ivy League
Friday, Sept. 29
Yale at Brown, 7 p.m.
Harvard at Dartmouth, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 30
Brown at Yale, 4 p.m.
Columbia at Cornell, 4 p.m.