PRINCETON, N.J. - The Penn volleyball team opens its Ivy League schedule Saturday at 7 p.m. with a matchup against rival Princeton at Dillon Gym at Princeton. The Quakers (6-5) are coming off an exhilerating 3-0 victory at Villanova Wednesday, while Princeton (7-3) took care of LaSalle in four games Tuesday.
"Both teams are coming in with a ton of confidence," head coach Kerry Carr said. "It's going to be a huge fight between two of the top teams in the Ivy League."
After an 0-3 start, the Quakers have rebounded strongly, claiming second place in both the American Volleyball Tournament and the Sheraton-Penn Invitational. They have earned sweeps in five of their six victories. The only exception was a four-game defeat of Temple, the first victory over the Owls for Penn since Carr took the reigns of the program ten years ago. Wednesday's victory over Villanova ended a two-year skid over the crosstown rivals and has the Quakers aiming high as they enter the Ivy League slate.
"A win will set the tone for the rest of the season," Carr said.
The Quakers went 0-2 against the Tigers last season, which saw Princeton run out to an 11-3 Ivy record, good for second place. Penn finished in fifth place at 6-8, but both teams are expected to be near the top of the Ivy League standings this year. The strong play of freshmen Julia Swanson and Madison Wojciechowski and sophomore Natalie Drucker, along with a stout net defense and continued strong play from the senior class, will be keys for the Red and Blue if they want to reverse the outcome of last season.