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Penn volleyball readies for Big 5 tourney

Saint Joe's will likely struggle to accomplish anything at the Big 5 Tournament this weekend, on account of not having a volleyball team, but Penn and the other three squads involved enter the round-robin affair with high hopes.

The Quakers will see some more local action this weekend, the final weekend before Ivy League play kicks off.


Volleyball's Furrer, women's soccer's Sands win Ivy Rookie of the Week honors

Considering they have yet to even take their first college midterm, a pair of Penn freshman athletes had quite precocious weeks for their respective teams.

Women’s soccer’s Emily Sands and Volleyball’s Caroline Furrer both picked up Ivy League Rookie of the Week Awards following high-scoring performances that led their teams to winning nonconference weekends.

Sands played a part in three out of the four Quaker goals this weekend.



Penn volleyball seeks first win in homecourt tournament

Off to an 0-4 start for the first time since 2006, it’s been a long week for Penn volleyball.

But if there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, there’s no better place than the Palestra to provide it.

Following a frustrating performance in Houston, the Quakers will return home in an effort to snatch their first win of the year.




Volleyball Issue | Quakers rely on tournament play to get full slate in compressed schedule

College sports have two different philosophies when it comes to the buildup to conference play: some teams prefer to ease into the big games, building confidence, while others prefer to test themselves and raise the stakes.

Penn women’s volleyball has taken the latter approach this year.

Over the next three weekends, the team will play in three tournaments against a myriad of opponents from across the country.



Penn volleyball adds new assistant coach

After a disappointing 13-13 finish to the season last season, head coach Kerry Carr has decided to make an offseason splash that she hopes will set Penn Volleyball up for future success.

Newest assistant coach Scott Schweihofer joins Carr’s staff in the hopes of bringing the Ivy title back to Philadelphia for the first time since 2010.

After spending the last two years at George Mason University as the team’s top assistant and recruiting coordinator, Schweihofer comes to Penn after helping the Patriots to their best single-season win total in six years.


Soccer's Higa, volleyball's Carr travel to Rwanda on service trip

As spring semester ended and students prepared to embark on their various summer journeys, one women’s soccer player had reason to be especially excited.

Erica Higa, a sophomore midfielder for the Red and Blue, traveled to Rwanda alongside fellow Penn Athletics representative coach Kerry Major Carr of women’s volleyball and around ten other Penn students and faculty as part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Rwanda Gashora Program.

The program was created to explore the possibilities of using solar energy and information communication technology in low-resource communities in developing countries.





Ineligible athletes remain at Penn

Same, same but different.

The typical American collegiate experience is four years. While some deviate from that path and finish early or late, a majority of students at Penn find themselves on a similar track.





Bither is setting the table for Penn volleyball

Dig. Set. Kill. The success of a volleyball team’s offense often relies on the relationship between the setters and the outside hitters.

Penn’s primary setter, senior Ronnie Bither, has spent the past four years working to make sure the Quakers' offense runs smoothly.





Penn volleyball falls in Princeton rematch

In the third set of Penn volleyball's matchup with Princeton on Saturday, coach Kerry Carr stepped onto the court to call a timeout with her team trailing 13-9, hoping to give it a chance to refocus in a pivotal set.




Penn volleyball falls below .500 after weekend sweep

The Red and Blue had a rough weekend on the road, dropping a hard-fought match with the four-time-defending-champion Bulldogs, 3-1, before Brown handed Carr's squad one of its most convincing defeats of the season, a 25-18, 25-18, 25-23 sweep in Providence.


Penn volleyball seeks massive upset of its own

Penn volleyball knows the sting of a massive upset.

Fortunately for the Red and Blue, they won’t have to wait too long for a chance to dish one out of their own.

Only six days after a stunning upset at the hands of Columbia — the 279th-ranked team in Division I RPI, worst among Ivy League teams — the Quakers (9-8, 3-2 Ivy) will travel to Yale to take on the four-time defending conference champions on Friday night, before finishing their doubleheader at Brown on Saturday.

“We struggled with our blocking and our defense, and those are usually points that we’ve been pretty solid with,” coach Kerry Carr said about the surprising 3-1 loss to the Lions, in which the Red and Blue hit only .145.











Penn volleyball falls to Delaware, 3-1

For fans of Penn volleyball, Tuesday’s tilt against Delaware was the kind of game best watched between your fingers with a cringe on your face.

Every match point was a near miss for the Quakers (4-4), and the squad was unable to claw its way after conceding the first two sets to the Blue Hens (5-5) and went on to lose 3-1 despite exceptional offensive play from senior captains Alex Caldwell and Alexis Genske, who carried the attack on the court with 18 and 12 kills, respectively.

In the first set, Delaware jumped out to a 10-6 lead early, leaving Penn no chance but to chip away at the deficit point by point.


A crew of captains for Penn volleyball

It's hard for any foray into the topic of "veteran leadership" to hit on something new, but Penn volleyball coach Kerry Carr finds herself with a truly unprecedented embarrassment of riches.

Carr, the winningest and longest-tenured coach in program history, has rarely appointed more than two captains during her 18 years at the helm, and never more than three.


Penn volleyball defends home court at Crowne Plaza Invitational

The Quakers finally had a chance to play on their home court this weekend. In fact, they had several.

Hosting the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia Invitational, Penn volleyball defeated Fairfield in its home opener on Friday night before steamrolling Delaware State Saturday morning to extend its winning streak to four.


Penn volleyball wins Crowne Plaza opener

The Red and Blue finally arrived back home on Friday night, and they brought their winning ways with them.

After closing out its season-opening doubleheader with two straight wins last weekend, Penn volleyball defeated Fairfield in its home opener, 3-1, on Friday to extend its winning streak to three contests.

The Quakers (3-2) were paced as usual by seniors Alexis Genske, who tallied 15 kills, and Alex Caldwell, who had 12 kills without an error.







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