For the third straight weekend, the Red and Blue took one of two Ivy matches, beating the Lions in a five-set thriller on Friday before falling to Cornell the next night in four sets to fall to fifth place in the Ivy League at the end of the first half of conference play.
On Friday, Penn volleyball will travel to New York City to face off against Columbia, then hitting the road again to play against Cornell in Ithaca the following day. Preparing to play their final stretch of away matches, the Red and Blue look to gain valuable wins over the course of the weekend.
As we hit the midpoint of the semester, all of Penn Athletics' fall teams now have their seasons underway. Many players have stood out with strong starts to their campaigns, but who has been the MVP thus far? Our editors tackle the question below.
In college athletics, every new season brings plenty of new faces and, more painfully, a host of goodbyes. But this was not the case last season for one Penn team, a rarity which will make the end of this season all the more bittersweet.
Already garnering such impressive titles as Ivy League Volleyball Rookie of Week (twice in three weeks) and DP Sports’ Player of the Week, freshman Parker Jones is making her presence well-known very early in her college career.
The first word that comes to mind when thinking of junior volleyball co-captain Taylor Cooper is hardworking. Dedicated to the sport and her team, Cooper constantly works to attain more both on and off the court.
Penn volleyball showed that on Saturday with a resilient four-set victory over Dartmouth after losing a five-set heartbreaker Harvard the previous night.
On Friday, the Quakers will take a trip to New Haven, Conn. to face off against Yale and on Saturday, they will head up to Providence, R.I. for a match against Brown.
Welcome to the Ivy League, Katie Schumacher-Cawley.
In her first-ever Ivy League match as Penn's coach, Schumacher-Cawley and Penn volleyball lost in straight sets to a tough Princeton opponent.
Penn volleyball won two out of three this past weekend at the Robert Morris Invitational, bouncing back from a tough loss against Rutgers with wins against Robert Morris and Middle Tennessee State.
Penn volleyball will be in action once again this weekend, playing not one, not two, but three matches at the Robert Morris Invitational.
The Red and Blue went 1-2 over the weekend in the Valley Forge Sports Invitational, a tournament co-hosted by Penn and La Salle that included Navy, Robert Morris, and Siena.
DP Sports released its Soccer Issue on Thursday, previewing the season ahead and the matchups on tap this weekend. But what about the rest of Penn Athletics? Here's what the other squads who don the Red and Blue will be up to over the next few days:
After lighting up the box score in her first three matches as a member of Penn volleyball, freshman outside hitter Parker Jones is our first Player of the Week for the new school year.
The Red and Blue kicked off their season under new coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley at the George Mason Invitational this weekend, winning two out of their three matches in Virginia.
There's a lot to catch up on, but here's an overview of the seven Penn Athletics programs in competition this fall:
This fall season will feature 25 Ivy League matches on ESPN’s live internet streaming network, ESPN3. Penn will feature in six of these games across four different sports. Here is a look at the Quakers' matchups to be featured on the ESPN channel throughout this fall.
The turn of the calendar from 2016 to 2017 brought a change in leadership that threatened to throw a once-united community into anarchy.
After nearly three months, Penn volleyball completed its first head coaching search in nearly 20 years when Athletic Director Grace Calhoun announced the hiring of Katie Schumacher-Cawley on Friday.
Carr finishes her tenure as the winningest coach in program history at 282-221 (149-95 Ivy).
Penn volleyball's season came to an end on Saturday, but it really seemed like the Quakers were just getting set to head on vacation.
It's hard to view a 3-2 loss to Cornell (12-12, 6-8 Ivy) in the season finale as the end for this 2016 Penn team (10-16, 5-9), because the entire 2016 Penn team will be back for 2017.
With just two games left this season against Columbia and Cornell, Penn’s season is almost over.
Penn ended its road trip, falling to Brown and Yale, despite Furrer’s dominance.
Penn (10-13, 5-6) lost two tough Ivy matches this week on the road.
Penn volleyball heads into another Ivy weekend after two big victories over conference rivals Harvard and Dartmouth.
Penn volleyball coach Kerry Carr has been coaching the Red and Blue for longer than some of her current players have been alive.
Call it halloWeekend now.
After losing four of their last five Ivy matchups, Penn volleyball busted out of their rut in a big way, picking up victories over both Harvard and Dartmouth on the road.
The 3-0 win over Harvard (6-13, 4-6 Ivy) was especially meaningful as it marked the first season since 2010 where Penn (10-12, 5-5) won both matchups with the Crimson.
It seems that the Quakers have run into a hiccup on their path of development. Hopefully a Halloween road trip weekend can scare them into shape.
Staring down yet another middle of the pack Ivy finish, Penn volleyball will try to finish strong in the second half and put a scare into their Ancient Eight counterparts ahead of them in the standings.
The last time the Quakers (8-12, 3-5 Ivy) tangled with the two northeastern schools, it resulted in a 2-0 homestand for Penn as they eked out a close five-set victory over Dartmouth (8-11, 1-7 Ivy) before taking down Harvard (6-11, 4-4 Ivy) in four sets on national TV.
Since that weekend, the Red and Blue have been reeling, losing four of their last five.
Volleyball is all about working in system to get opponents out of system. For Penn volleyball, new changes to their system had mixed reviews against an unflappable Princeton squad.
On Friday evening, Penn lost a tough straight-set match to Ivy League-leading Princeton.
Penn volleyball may be a young team, but they've seen all they need to see. With one trip around the Ivy League complete, the Red and Blue are set to begin the rematches with now more familiar foes, starting with the Ancient Eight's best.
On Friday night, Penn (8-11, 3-4 Ivy) will head to New Jersey to take on rival Princeton in their lone game this weekend.
The most accomplished coach in program history, Penn volleyball's Kerry Carr is nearing 500 games on the sidelines for the Red and Blue. Her greatest battle, however, took place away from the gym.
In a sport like volleyball, so much depends on being able to move on from tough points. But often times, it can be just as important to move on from tough matches.
As another big weekend approaches for Penn Volleyball here at the Palestra as they look to produce out on the court against Ivy rivals Brown and Yale.
With such a large team, Penn volleyball coach Kerry Carr made clear from day one that she does not guarantee time on the court, but can guarantee time on the bench.
Carr has a team whose strength comes from each player’s ability to come into the game at any moment, a skill that is necessary with such a deep roster of twenty-three girls. This is why sophomore Julia Tulloh and freshmen Ariana Wiltjer and Zoe Macartney's ‘team-first’ mentality and fierce work ethic are so critical to their individual and collective success as a team.
"Julia, Ariana and Zoe are three girls who epitomize what the whole chemistry of the team is like," Carr said.
After coming in as a walk-on her freshman year, Tulloh’s incredible work ethic and positive attitude made her a unique asset to the team from day one.
Within twenty-four hours, Penn volleyball played ten grueling sets in New York. But it was to no avail, as the Quakers fell in two tight matches against rivals Cornell and Columbia.
“We played both matches really tough,” Coach Kerry Carr said “When it gets to the overtime set, and you’re on the road, it just gets a lot tougher.”
The Quaker’s campaign began at the Newman Arena against the Big Red.
Coming off a sweep in the first Ivy doubleheader of the year, Penn volleyball will hit the road over fall break and take on Cornell and Columbia.
The Quakers (7-8, 2-1 Ivy) carry momentum into the weekend after wins over Harvard and Dartmouth, but they'll face two hungry teams in New York, with the Big Red (5-7, 0-3) desperate for their first conference win and the Lions (8-5, 3-0) looking to stay undefeated in league play.
Penn volleyball optimistic for Dartmouth and Harvard
Penn volleyball season is heating up, as the Quakers look to defeat Dartmouth and Harvard at the Palestra.
In more ways than one, it’s a new era for Penn volleyball.
Sure, it’s easy to point out the absences of five senior captains from 2015 – players that accounted for four of the team’s top five in kills, not including Ivy League assists leader Ronnie Bither.
On the second day of Fall, Penn had a hard time standing up to a much more experienced Tiger squad at the Palestra.
After battling back to force a decisive fifth set in their Ivy opener, Princeton took control en route to a victory over the Quakers.
She’s undersized. She’s young. She’s 1,500 miles from home. And outside hitter Courtney Quinn is leading the way for Penn volleyball in her sophomore campaign.
Teams often hope for intense competition at the end of their preseason schedules to prepare themselves for the regular season.
A pair of third-year defensive specialists are coming together to put the team first, even though they'll never wear the same uniform.
With five former captains having graduated this spring leading to an unprecedented senior-less roster, it’s no secret that turnover has been a constant storyline following Penn volleyball in 2016.
But, at least for one weekend, it seemed everything was the same as always for the Red and Blue.
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.
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.
Coming off an 0-4 trip to Houston, Penn volleyball needed a strong showing at home in the Penn Invitational. The Quakers answered the call.
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.
The Quakers messed with Texas, and while their record is worse to show for it, morale is certainly not headed down south.
For a typical head coach, summer vacation might signal the time to hit the recruiting trail, scheme for the upcoming season and enjoy the rare opportunity to unwind with the constant frenzy of the school year taking a brief pause.
But Penn volleyball coach Kerry Carr did things a tad differently.
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.