PHILADELPHIA - The Penn volleyball team is leaving Philadelphia for the first time since September 29 as they travel to Dartmouth and Harvard over the weekend for two important road Ivy League matches. The Quakers (10-7, 3-2) currently sit in a third-place tie with Yale in the Ivy League, just a game and a half behind tonight's opponent, second place Dartmouth.
The Quakers have won four of their last five games, with the only loss coming to Yale last Saturday at the Palestra. The team followed up that disappointing defeat by traveling to crosstown-rival La Salle and rebounding with a three-game victory. Freshman Julia Swanson powered the team with 17 kills, and senior Linda Zhang became just the fourth Penn player to everbreak the 3,000 assists barrier.
Tonight, Penn faces a Dartmouth team coming off its first loss in the league, a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Cornell. Dartmouth (12-4, 5-1) is powered by Jess Thomas and Morgan Covington. Thomas leads the team with 215 kills, while Covington sits in second with 178. Covington tops the Big Green in hitting percentage (.319) and blocks (59).
Tomorrow, Penn will face a Harvard team that is trying desperately to stay in the league title conversation. At 2-4, they currently sit in sixth place. Laura Mahon and Suzie Trimble will be the main offensive weapons the Crimson use to battle the Quakers.
Gametime tonight in Hanover is set for 5 p.m., while tomorrow's match in Cambridge will take place at 2 p.m. Live video from Harvard will be available on this website for Penn Sports Network subscribers on Saturday afternoon.