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.
Two days. Six sets. One win. One loss.
This weekend, Penn volleyball will have some intimidating guests at its Halloween party.
In 2015 Ivy League volleyball, the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
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 has a lot to prove this weekend.
The story of the 2015 Ivy League volleyball campaign has been one of balance and unpredictability.
After one turn through the Ivy League, Penn Volleyball sits at 3-4.
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 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.
As the old adage goes: “Actions speak louder than words.” However, the exception to this rule is the Penn volleyball bench, whose words are pretty darn loud.
The changing seasons bring about new colors around campus, with greens turning to oranges and browns, Red and Blue fading in favor of a shade of pink.
Penn volleyball hosted Cornell and Columbia in this weekend’s Dig Pink!
Many Penn students will be relaxing at home this weekend for fall break, but the volleyball players will be on campus, and they certainly won't be resting.
Unlike last year, Penn volleyball coach Kerry Carr has the veteran firepower needed to keep the team from being reliant on freshmen.
After an average start to the season dotted with wins and losses, the Quakers hit their stride on its first weekend of league play.
Playtime is over for Penn volleyball.
With a kill in the opening set of Penn volleyball's opening game, Jasmine DeSilva's 2014 season was off to a quick start.
This past weekend marked the first time in 2015 that each of the Red and Blue's fall sports teams were in action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every fall, a new batch of wide-eyed freshmen storms the campus to start their college careers.
For Penn volleyball, the case is no different.
The Palestra may be known as the Cathedral of College Basketball, but this weekend its occupants will pay homage to gods of another sport.
While Penn volleyball will certainly be hoping for this season to play out differently than last, some things are best left unchanged.
On the surface, a 2-2 record in the opening weekend doesn’t seem like it would lend much meaningful insight into such a seemingly enigmatic team. But actually, it’s the first truly promising sign that the team is zeroing in on its exciting potential.
After nearly 10 months with no competition, Penn volleyball will suddenly find itself very busy this weekend.
The Red and Blue will head down to Washington DC and Maryland to play four games in two days.
Every season has its ups and downs, but junior setter / right-side hitter Alex Caldwell has been a beacon of consistency for Penn volleyball.
The roller-coaster season for Penn volleyball has screeched to its stop, and the team’s final weekend of matches shows that the ride will need some maintenance moving forward.
With only two games remaining in the year, Penn volleyball is looking to conclude their season in style.
After coming off a turbulent weekend, the Quakers (8-15, 5-7 Ivy) are looking to regain their stride tomorrow evening against Brown in Providence before facing Yale on Saturday.
After matchup with Dartmouth on Friday night that saw Penn handle its Ivy League foe in three sets, the Red and Blue were primed for a matchup against first place Harvard. Despite a strong effort, though, the Quakers fell in five sets.
Senior weekend started out well for Penn volleyball.
The Quakers strung together consecutive Ivy wins for the first time this season as the Red and Blue took down the Dartmouth in straight sets, 25-22, 25-16, 25-21.
In the first set, Penn (5-6) leapt to a lead.
For a team two games under .500, Penn volleyball sure is enthusiastic.
The Palestra was just as loud during Wednesday night’s practice as it has been all season, even after another head-scratching weekend for the Quakers.
Led by junior captain Alexis Genske, the Quakers (7-14, 4-6 Ivy) cruised to a 3-1 victory at Columbia on Saturday.
Unfortunately for Penn, lighting occasionally strikes twice. On Friday beneath the lights of Jadwin Arena, the Quakers suffered another tough loss to Princeton in a four set grudge match.
The recent rise of play within the Ivy League has been a swift one. With schools scrambling to get the one or two pieces to complete their Ivy League title puzzles, competition for recruits has never been so high.
It was a rollercoaster of emotions for Penn volleyball this weekend, as the team struggled to close out Harvard, but then topped Dartmouth.
Penn volleyball suffered its most heartbreaking loss of the season Friday night, as the Red and Blue dropped the last three sets against Harvard to lose 3-2.
Volleyball is a team sport. But this weekend, the Quakers will need to deal with a pair of standout individuals.
Volleyball, Men's Soccer and Cross Country have all had their ups and downs this season.
With pink jerseys across the board to support Dig Pink!, Penn split their weekend matches against Yale and Brown.
The "Dig Pink" weekend began in the Quakers, as Penn volleyball fell to Ivy powerhouse Yale on Friday.
Penn volleyball is playing for more than just wins this weekend as the Quakers are involved with the Side-Out Foundation’s Dig Pink! rally.
With three games of their Ivy League season in the books, Penn will have their hands full this weekend as they face Yale and Brown.
Penn volleyball came out of the weekend a different team than it was when it began.
The Red and Blue lost to Columbia in three sets, falling to 0-2 in Ivy League play with Cornell coming to the Palestra on Saturday.
With last weekend behind them, the Red and Blue look now to face the Lions for their first win in Ivy League play. Though conference games just started and Quaker confidence is still high, an 0-2 Ivy record for Penn would not bode well.
Only one game into Ivy season, is it too early to talk about the future of Penn volleyball? Not when the future starts now, and especially when that future is starting at hitter, blocker, and libero. As the Quakers took the court against Dayton, three freshmen were part of the starting lineup: outside hitter Aimee Stephenson, middle blocker Kendall Covington, and libero Emmy Friedler.
Over the summer, the libero jersey and the keys to Penn volleyball’s defense were turned over from one of the nation's best defensive specialists to a freshman from a small town just outside of Chicago.
We sat down with Penn volleyball junior setter Ronnie Bither for a 30 seconds with...