After suffering a brutal straight-set loss to Princeton in Friday night's Ivy League opener, Penn came into Sunday's non-conference battle with Dayton, looking to regain its footing before its upcoming Ivy bout with Columbia.
Princeton (6-5, 1-0 Ivy) was led by the skyscraping duo of senior middle blocker Nicole Kincade and junior right-side hitter Kendall Peterkin, who combined for a whopping 27 kills.
Some say numbers never lie, but Penn volleyball may disagree.
Is it a coincidence that as the Penn volleyball starters were introduced before they faced Temple, junior outside hitter Alexis Genske was the first player announced?
Penn volleyball came into the final day of the Big 5 Tournament - and non-conference play - with a six-game losing streak hanging over its head. Coach Kerry Carr's squad got that monkey off its back, but Penn was unable to pull off a sweep.
However, Villanova was too much to handle on Friday evening, as the Wildcats dispatched the hosting Quakers in straight sets to hand Penn its sixth straight loss after a 2-0 start to the season.
The Quakers have one week until they open Ivy League play against Princeton, but this weekend, they face Villanova, La Salle and Temple in the Big 5 Volleyball Tournament at the Palestra.
The Quakers lost three close showdowns to highly-ranked teams at the Stanford Invitational in California this past weekend, yet the athletes developed chemistry that made the cross country campaign a success.
Penn volleyball visited California this weekend for the Stanford Tournament, falling to three high-quality opponents: Santa Clara, No. 1 Stanford and No. 20 Duke. However, the Red and Blue took away a wealth of experience with eight players from the Golden State returning home for the weekend.
A few short days after a tough nonconference loss to Delaware, Penn volleyball will get a shot at No. 1.
On the first stop of their four-match road trip the Red and Blue (2-2) were beat down by Delaware (5-3) in three straight sets.
Penn volleyball entered this weekend surrounded by a lot of questions. The team didn’t only answer these questions – they changed the entire course of the conversation.
In its opening match of the year, Penn took care of business in its season opener and first leg of the weekend’s Crowne Plaza Invitational, defeating Colgate in straight sets.
This weekend, Penn volleyball will get to start its season off with a little bit of home cooking.
A slow start, a fierce comeback and a tough loss.
In many ways, the third set of Saturday’s match against Yale was a microcosm of the season for Penn’s volleyball team.
The Ivy League title may be out of reach for Penn volleyball, but there is still the chance to end the season on a long winning streak and with a victory against every team in the Ivy League.
Down 14-12 in a fifth set and facing two match point opportunities for Harvard, Penn women’s volleyball showed the resilience that has made it so dominant over the past few weeks.
In its second match of the season against Dartmouth, Penn volleyball extended its five-game winning streak with a 3-1 victory on the road at Leede Arena, 19-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-13.
The Quakers ended their five-game home stand with four consecutive wins, including a five-set win over Cornell on Friday and a three-set win against Columbia on Saturday.
Nearly a month after defeating Cornell in five sets in Ithaca, the Quakers found themselves in a similar back and forth affair. Once again, Penn prevailed taking a five-set victory over the Big Red.
Currently sitting in a two-way tie for third with Brown, the Quakers want to use tactics that worked last weekend to knock off fifth-place Cornell and Columbia this weekend at the Palestra.
In a rematch against Princeton, who won the previous matchup in five sets, the Quakers pulled out a straight set victory.
When the Penn volleyball team takes on conference rival Princeton, it won’t just be playing for the Red and Blue — they’ll be playing for pink.
With the most fans in attendance all season, Penn volleyball faced off against Harvard, losing in four sets. The Red and Blue rebounded against Dartmouth on Saturday as they beat the Big Green, 3-1.
Cancer is a word that hits home for many. For Penn volleyball coach Kerry Carr, it hit home back in 2008 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Penn volleyball split its weekend road trip, winning in straight sets at Brown after a four-set loss to defending Ivy League champion Yale.
In the final game of their month-long road trip, the Quakers swept Brown in straight sets, marking Penn’s first sweep of an Ivy opponent this year.
Penn ended the Bulldogs’ streak of 20 consecutive sets won, but were ultimately overhwhelmed and fell, 3-1.
The Quakers claimed their first Ivy League victory of the season with a five-set win over Cornell, 3-2. Penn (7-7, 1-2 Ivy) managed to salvage its New York road trip after a loss to Columbia on Friday night.
Penn played tough throughout the match, but lapses in the final two sets doomed its chances.
If you ask the Penn volleyball team, it will say that it’s in the midst of a good season. But the Quakers have not been at 100 percent for the majority of the year, and it is always hard for a team plagued with injuries to fire on all cylinders.
For a defensive-minded team like Penn volleyball, the Quakers’ offensive fireworks this year has been uncharacteristic.
When freshman Arielle Winfield goes for a kill on the volleyball court, she hits the ball hard.
Just like her dad.
Playing in her first game in since Sept. 10 after suffering a concussion, senior captain Dani Shepherd enjoyed a productive return to the court, contributing 20 digs to help lift the Quakers (6-6) to a four-set victory over the woeful Explorers (1-19).
The match Friday against rival Princeton (4-6) is a great opportunity for a fresh start for the team. After facing the likes of Villanova, Maryland and American, most of the competition in the Ivy League will be on par with the Quakers.
Going into the weekend with a 3-4 record after two straight five-set match victories, the Red and Blue headed up the mainline to take part in the Villanova University Tournament, going 2-1 in the process.
The Quakers (3-4) will travel to Villanova Friday afternoon for the start of the Villanova Classic, looking to build off of the momentum of not one, but two five-set comeback victories on Sunday against both Temple and Weber State.
The women’s volleyball team needed to use its annual Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational to get back on track after a rough start to the 2013 season. After a 2-1 weekend with multiple five-set wins, the Quakers are definitely on the right path.
Penn volleyball begins their weekend tournament at the Palestra right when Yom Kippur ends at sundown on Saturday, looking to build off the momentum of a five-set comeback victory on Tuesday against Delaware.
Rallying from behind two sets to none and closing the deficit in a fifth-set tie break to 13 all, Penn ultimately pulled out the victory, winning, 3-2.
Though the Quakers (0-3) dropped all three of its matches at the University of Maryland Invitational this weekend, several spurts of strong play from both the overall team, as well as on an individual level, helped the team hold its own.
The Penn women’s volleyball team dropped its season opener on Friday night, falling to LIU Brooklyn in a back-and-forth five set match, 3-2.
Finishing 13-12 overall and fourth in the Ivy League, there were definite improvements over the 5th place finish in 2011 for Penn volleyball, but there’s a sense that something was left on the table.
The last time the teams faced off, the Red and Blue swept both opponents. This time around, Penn (13-12, 8-6 Ivy) lost to both Columbia (13-9, 8-5) on Friday and Cornell (9-16, 5-9) on Saturday.
As Penn hits the road for a back-to-back in the Empire State, a chance for second place and just one loss in the second half of Ivy play hangs in the balance.
Over a weekend that eventually determined the outcome of the Ivy League title a week prior to the end of the season, the Quakers battled first-place Yale and seventh-place Brown.
Fresh off a weekend of two sweeping Ivy victories against Harvard and Dartmouth, Penn is picking up steam heading into its final home weekend. Now the Red and Blue are ready to give Yale a run for its money.
Coming off of a big comeback win against Princeton last weekend, the Penn volleyball team enters its weekend slate with a growing confidence after having won four of its last five matches.
For the first time in Ivy play, the women’s volleyball team came from behind to steal a victory, dropping the first two sets before sweeping the final three in Friday’s 3-2 decision over the Tigers.
To improve her team’s mental toughness, in-game durability and end-of-game execution, coach Kelly Carr and her coaching staff have taken an old sports adage to heart — practice how you play.