Friday'sduel with Yale will be the marquee matchup of the weekend as the two teams sit at one and two in the conference. In their first meeting of the season, the Quakers and Bulldogs battled through five close sets. Penn won the first set 25-23 but dropped the second set 25-19. The Red and Blue came back to take the third, 25-21, but couldn't finish off the match in the fourth set, losing 27-25. In the final set, Penn regrouped and came away with a 15-13 win.
In that first meeting freshman Lauren Martin had a career-high 21 kills, while junior Julia Swanson added 17 kills and 17 digs for the Quakers. Junior Madison Wojciechowski led the defensive effort with 31 digs. For Yale, senior Cat Dailey had 26 kills and added 16 digs to lead the Bulldog offense, while Bridget Hearst (11) and Laurel Johnson (10) joined her with double figure kills. Libero Kelly Ozurovich had a team-high 17 digs.
On Saturday the Quakers will face off against a Brown squad which captured its first conference win of the season last Saturday against Dartmouth. In their first match of the season, Penn took down the Bears in three sets in Providence. The Quakers won by scores of 25-17, 25-20 and 25-9, as they hit .347 and held Brown to a .029 attack percentage. Martin hit .571 with 15 kills in the victory, while Wojciechowski added 20 digs.
Following the Red And Blue
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Last Time Out
Penn played only six sets last weekend in sweeping both Cornell and Columbia in straight sets. The Quakers his .289 for the weekend and averaged 16.8 kills per set and 16.0 assists per set. On Defense, the Red and Blue held the Big Red and the Lions to a combined .126 attack percentage, 13.5 digs per set and just 8.7 kills per set.
About The Bulldogs
Yale comes into Friday's match with one of the stoutest defensives in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs rank sixth in the county with 18.24 digs per set and are led by junior Kelly Ozurovich who averages 5.47 digs per set. Cat Dailey is third on the team with 3.18 digs (156) and leads the team, and the conference, with 4.18 kills per set (205). The senior is also hitting .291 on the season.
About The Bears
Brown won its last Ivy match after losing its previous six. The Bears took down Dartmouth in three sets to improve to 5-13 on the season. Brianna Williamson and Megan Toman lead the attack, averaging 2.54 and 2.43 kills per set respectively. Carly Cotton heads the defense for Brown, averaging 5.10 digs per set, while Christina Berry is second on the team (2.72) and Williamson is third with 2.61 digs per set.
Shades of '03
Penn is in search of its first victory over Yale in the Palestra, since 2003 when the Quakers beat the Bulldogs by a 3-0margin. The Quakers are also looking for their first season sweep of the Bulldogs since 2003.
Two Horse Race
Midway through the Ivy season, Penn and Yale have separated themselves from the rest of the conference. The two teams have combined to go 12-0 against the rest of the Ivy League and have only played one five-set match, against each other, with the Quakers coming out on top 3-2. Second place Yale also holds a two game lead over third place Princeton, a team it will play on Saturday afternoon.
Can You Dig It?
Penn has out dug each of its last seven opponents are 13-1 overall when they out dig their opponents this season. In the Quakers five-set win over Yale earlier this year they held a 96-76 advantage in digs.
Leading The Attack
Penn is the only school with two players ranked in the top six in Ivy play in both attack percentage and kills. Freshman Lauren Martin is third in attack percentage (.335), while senior Ashley Hawkins is ranked sixth (.319). Senior Elizabeth Semmens is fifth in kills per set (3.72), while Martin is sixth (3.71). Martin is also the only player in the conference to be ranked in the top six in both categories.
Killing Them Softly
The Quakers lead the conference in both kills per set (14.23) and assists per set (13.27). Those numbers are good enough for 15th and 14th respectively in the nation. Penn is also second among Ivy teams with a .213 attack percentage.
Getting Down On Defense
Penn is ranked 19th in the country in digs per set (17.08), and fourth in the Ivy League.The Red and Blue are also second in the conference in opponents attack percentage, allowing teams to hit just .175. Additionally, they have held every Ivy team under .200 this season.
Senior Elizabeth Semmens has recorded five straight double-doubles for Penn. Over that stretch she is hitting .270 and averaging 4.17 kills per set and 3.63 digs per set.Shealsoleads the team with 13 double-doubles overall.
Jack Of All Trades
Junior Megan Tryon been everywhere for the Quakers recently. Over the team's last five games, she is averaging 12.26 assists per set, 2.16 digs per set and 1.26 kills per set with a .471 attack percentage and zero errors. She also leads the team with seven service aces over that time period. On the season, Tryon's 11.4 assists per setare good for 15th in the country.
By The Numbers
- Penn's seven straight wins match last year's seven game streak and is the longest since
winningnine in a row to open Ivy Play in 2003.
- The Quakers are 12-0 this season when they win the first set, and 13-0 when they win the
- Penn remains a perfect 4-0 in five-set matches this season. The Red and Blue have won the
fifthset in those four contests by scores of 16-14, 15-11, 15-13, 15-13.
- Penn is 8-1 against Brown at the Palestra since 2000.