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Penn volleyball looks for positives in Ivy doubleheader

(09/30/15 10:00am)

Facing the defending champions is always a challenge. Facing the defending champions along with the team that just upset them is a nightmare.Such is the schedule for Penn volleyball, who travel Friday to Leede Arena in Hanover, N.H., to battle a hot Dartmouth side, followed by a Saturday trip the Malkin Athletic Center in Cambridge, Mass., to face the 2014 Ivy League victors, Harvard.The Quakers (7-6, 1-0 Ivy)record seem to be in good standing and could be ready for this challenge, coming off of a three-game winning streak, including a 3-1 triumph at Princeton last Friday and a shutout of NJIT on the roadreordered the following day. deleted “Having played only one league game and split the rest, Penn is sitting on a 7-6 record overall.”Despite its extensive non-conferencehyphen schedule, coach Kerry Carr was not concerned about the team’s fatigue going into the weekend's strenuous doubleheader.“I got a lot of different players experience in the preseason, so I feel like we're rested going into the Ivy League,” she said.One of the standout players for Penn this past weekend was senior captain Alexis Genske, who recorded 14 kills and 14 digs against the Tigers and had another 12 kills with fourspelled out digs against the Highlanders.“I think our whole team played really steady, which made it easy to be more aggressive on plays [I] might not normally take a risk on, so that definitely gave me the confidence to swing harder,” Genske said. “Also, passing and defensively, we were communicating really well, so I knew which balls my teammates were taking, and which ones were my responsibility.”The Red and Blue will certainly need their strength when they take on the Big Green, who narrowly squeezed past the Crimson in a dramatic five-setter last Friday.