Volleyball Readies for Non-Conference Foe Delaware

PHILADELPHIA – Before embarking upon a trip to the other side of the country, the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team will make a stop at non-conference opponent Delaware on Tuesday. The Quakers (2-1) will meet the Blue Hens (4-3) on the court in the Bob Carpenter Center at 7 p.m.

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Last Time on the Court
This past weekend, the Red and Blue opened their season at home, going 2-1 at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational. The Quakers accumulated two sweeps, including Friday night’s 3-0 win over Colgate (25-20, 25-23, 25-15) and Saturday afternoon’s 3-0 victory over Cleveland State (25-15, 25-23, 25-21). On Saturday night, Penn fell to Georgetown in three (17-25, 20-25, 23-25), finishing the tournament in second place behind the Hoyas.

Juniors Alex Caldwell and Alexis Genske were named to the All-Tournament team. Both Quakers played in all nine sets.

Caldwell finished with double-doubles against each of the three opponents, while Genske led the offensive attack with 32 kills.

Freshmen Kendall Covington and Aimee Stephenson also contributed 17 and 19 kills, respectively, and each totaled seven blocks.

Scouting Delaware (4-3)
The Blue Hens traveled to Cambridge, Mass. this past weekend, where they finished 2-1 in the Harvard Invitational. Delaware opened the tournament on Friday with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 25-27, 25-22) win over Central Connecticut. On Saturday, the Blue Hens fell in three to Santa Clara – whom the Quakers meet this coming weekend – but ended the night with a sweep over host Harvard (25-23, 25-23, 25-22). Juniors Katie Hillman and Chandler Bryant were named to the All-Tournament team. Hillman led the offense with 37 kills and Bryant finished with 13 blocks.

Series with the Blue Hens
The last two matches between Penn and Delaware were anything but ordinary. In both of the previous matchups -- in 2012 and 2013 -- the Blue Hens pulled ahead with a 2-0 lead, but the Quakers rallied and won the next three sets in back-to-back five-set nail bitters.

A new individual match record in digs of 46 was set by Dani Shepherd, C’14, during the match in 2012.

In 2013, four different players hit double-digit kills and double-digit digs, as the team produced 57 kills and 76 digs. The Red and Blue also collected 13 service aces.

Penn met Delaware for the first time in 1981, when the Blue Hens won, 2-0 (15-10, 15-8).