The Penn volleyball team will add five freshmen to help defend its Ivy title after graduating six seniors this year.

As the defending Ivy League champion, the Penn volleyball team enters the 2010 season faced with the loss of six seniors to graduation, including 2009 Ivy League Player of the Year, Elizabeth Semmens.

But head coach Kerry Carr announced yesterday that the team will be boosted by five members of the Class of 2014 with impressive credentials: Kristen Etterbeek, Taylor Permenter, Kristin Schoonover, Dani Shepherd and Susan Stuecheli.

“This group of women joins our young, but hard-working group of returners, and will immediately address the loss of our large senior class,” Carr told Penn Athletics. “Because of this highly talented foundation, we should be able to hit the ground running in September.”

Carr’s returning players include first team All-Ivy selections Megan Tryon, Madison Wojciechowski and Lauren Martin, as well as second team All-Ivy Julia Swanson.

Tryon and Wojciechowski will have familiar company next season. Incoming freshman libero Dani Shepherd attended the same high school as both juniors, winning three Sunshine League Championships during her time there.

Shepherd is hardly the only champion among the incoming volleyball Class of 2014. A member of three regional championship teams in high school, outside hitter Kristin Etterbeek also won three regional championships in tennis and received All-Michigan tennis honors in 2008 and 2009.

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