Volleyball Ventures Cross-Country to West Coast

PHILADELPHIA – To the other side of the country the Quakers will go, as the University of Pennsylvania volleyball team (2-2) is ready to compete in its second tournament of the season – the Stanford Invitational. First up for the Red and Blue is Santa Clara on Friday at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Penn will gear up for the No. 1 team in the nation, host Stanford, at 11 a.m. and No. 20 Duke at 5 p.m.

Complete Stanford Invitational Schedule
Friday, Sept. 12
7 p.m. No. 20 Duke v. No. 1 Stanford @Stanford Maples Pavilion
7 p.m. Penn v. Santa Clara @Santa Clara Leavey Center

Saturday, Sept. 13
11 a.m. No. 20 Duke v. Santa Clara @Santa Clara Leavey Center
11 a.m. Penn v. No. 1 Stanford @Stanford Maples Pavilion
5 p.m. Penn v. No. 20 Duke @Stanford Maples Pavilion
7 p.m. Santa Clara v. No. 1 Stanford @Stanford Maples Pavilion

*Note: Matches are listed in Pacific Time

Live Stats/Video/Radio
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Radio broadcast can also be found on 90.1 FM.

Last Time on the Court
On Tuesday, Penn made its first road trip of the 2014 season to Newark, Del. to take on the Blue Hens, where the Quakers fell to the non-conference foe, 3-0 (22-25, 9-25, 18-25).

After dropping the first two sets, the young squad was still hopeful of a match win. (In the previous two matchups with Delaware, the Quakers dropped the first two sets but rallied to take the next three and match win.)

However, history was not on Penn’s side, as the Blue Hens’ confidence allowed them to hold a steady lead over the Red and Blue and ultimately won the match.

Junior Alex Caldwell led the Quakers, hitting .500 with nine kills. She also contributed 10 assists, two service aces, eight digs, and two blocks.

Scouting Santa Clara (6-1, 0-0 West Coast Conference)
Last weekend, the Broncos traveled to the East Coast for the Harvard Invitational, where they played Central Connecticut St., Harvard, and Delaware. The Broncos went 2-1, sweeping the Blue Devils and Blue Hens but falling to the Crimson in five.

Against Delaware, Santa Clara hit .300 with 46 kills and recorded 45 assists, 10 aces, 28 digs, and five team blocks. Leading the offense was senior Taylor Milton, who hit .355 and logged a match-high 16 kills. Milton and sophomore Sabrina Clayton were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The last meeting between the Quakers and the Broncos was in 2009, when Santa Clara won 3-0. The Broncos hold the all-time series with the Red and Blue at 2-0.

Scouting No. 1 Stanford (4-0, 0-0 Pac-12)
This past weekend, the Cardinal added its third and fourth wins of the season, when Stanford defeated the then-No. 1 Penn State in a five-set showdown (18-25, 25-23, 25-22, 16-25, 15-10) and followed in with another five-set victory over then-No. 9 Illinois (25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-12).

Junior Inky Ajanaku was named Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week as well as Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for her performance in the matches against the Nittany Lions and Fighting Illini. Against PSU, Ajanaku contributed 14 kills, which included a career-mark of 600. She totaled a team-best 16 kills against Illinois, one shy of her career high. Ajanaku leads the Cardinal with 54 kills, and behind her is Jordan Burgess with 52.

Penn will take the court with Stanford for the first time in program history on Saturday.

Scouting No. 20 Duke (5-1, 0-0 ACC)
Trailing No. 14 Michigan State, 2-1, Duke rallied and defeated the Spartans, 3-2 (12-25, 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 15-10) for its fifth win of the season. The Blue Devils’ offense was led by senior Jeme Obeime, who totaled a team-high 12 kills. The senior outside-hitter has accumulated 90 kills so far this season with 3.75 k/s.

Also finishing the match against Michigan State with double-digit kills was Emily Sklar and Jordan Tucker; both contributed 10 apiece.

Along with nine kills, sophomore Alyse Whitaker recorded four blocks against the Spartans and leads the team with a total of 25.

Penn and No. 20 Duke will meet for the first time since 1992 on Saturday. The Blue Devils hold the all-time series, 7-2.