PHILADELPHIA - The Penn women's volleyball team embarks on its first long Ivy road trip of the season this weekend, when the team travels to Providence for a matchup with Brown on Friday at 7 p.m. and defending conference champion Yale on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Quakers come into the weekend with a 1-0 Ivy mark for the first since 2005 as they swept Princeton in three sets last Saturday. The victory improved Penn's record to 10-4 on the year and also snapped a seven game losing streak to the Tigers.
In the first set, the Red and Blue hit a blistering .480 with 13 kills and just one error for the 25-16 win. Princeton came back in the second, as the two teams traded points and were even at 19 apiece before Penn scored six of the final eight points for the 25-21 win. In the third, Penn once again took control from the onset and finished with the 25-15 victory.
Though Yale is the defending Ivy League champion, the Quakers must not to overlook the Bears as they handed Penn a five set loss in Providence last year. Brown is led on offense by juniors Brianna Williamson and Megan Toman. Williamson has a team high 106 kills (2.47) for the 4-8 Bears, while Toman is second on the team with 91 kills (2.53). On defense, freshman Carly Cotton has a team-high 211 digs (4.59) while classmate Christina Berry is second with 130 (2.89).
The Bulldogs come into the weekend with an impressive 11-1 record, with all but one of their victories in straight sets. Yale will also be looking to exact some revenge on Penn after the Quakers handed the Bulldogs their lone conference loss a season ago. Yale is led by a defense which currently ranks third in the nation in digs per set (18.89). Junior Kelly Ozurovich leads the charge for the Bulldogs as her 5.85 digs per set (199) are good for fourth in the nation. Senior Cat Daily is second on the team with 3.39 digs per set (95) while fellow classmate Aliexis Crusey is third with 3.33 digs per set (110). On offense, Dailey leads the attack with 114 kills (4.07) and Crusey is second with 103 (3.12).
Fans of the Red and Blue can follow the Brown match by paying for a webcast here. There will also be updates on www.brownbears.com between sets. Live stats are available for Penn's match against Yale are by clicking here. Additionally, fans can pay to watch a live webcast of the game. To do so, click here.
License To Kill
Junior Julia Swanson led the Penn attack with 17 kills against Princeton, her highest kill total since recording 24 in a season opening five-set victory over Temple.
Freshman Lauren Martin has had double digit kills in each of her last six matches. Over that stretch the first year has 78 kills (3.55) and is hitting .324.
Stepping It Up
Junior Megan Tryon had registered double-doubles in each of her last two matches. Tryon had 52 assists (13.0) and 14 digs (3.5) in a four set loss to Albany and followed it up with 40 assists (13.34) and 10 digs (3.34) in the win over Princeton.
Madison Wojciechowski is currently ranked eighth in the country with 5.63 digs per set (287). Additionally, the junior's 25 digs against Princeton victory give her 1,255 career digs, just 29 shy of Stephanie Horan (1,284) for third on the school's all-time list.
Acing The Competition
Senior Mary Russell had a team-high three service aces in Penn's win over Princeton. She currently leads the team with 11 service aces (0.21) while Megan Tryon is second with ten.
By The NumbersThe Quakers improved to 9-0 this season when they win the second set. Penn is also unbeaten when it wins the first set (6-0). The Quakers improved to 8-1 this season when they out dig their opponent. Penn is tops among Ivy League teams with 13.77 kills per set and also lead the conference in assists per set (12.74).