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.
After defeating Brown in four sets behind freshman Alex Caldwell’s triple-double, the Quakers’ three-match winning streak came to an end in straight sets at Yale on Saturday.
Penn (8-8, 3-2 Ivy) will use last week’s momentum going into this weekend’s matches at Brown and Yale — the final two games in the first round-robin of Ivy play.
Friday at the Palestra, the Quakers took down Cornell for the eighth consecutive time, battling out three tough sets to capture a straight-set conference win, 25-21, 27-25, 25-23.
Looking at the statistics, it is clear that Penn volleyball’s Dani Shepherd dominates the court. The junior sits atop the Division I standings in digs per set and has held the title for almost three weeks.
The Quakers split their first Ivy weekend away from their home court, easily overcoming Dartmouth in three sets but falling to Harvard in a five-set battle.
After two five-set losses last weekend to Princeton and Towson, the Quakers (5-7, 0-1 Ivy) will look to rebound in their first full weekend of Ivy League play. Penn did not have a midweek game this week, which gave the team extra time to focus on what it can do to turn those close losses into wins.
The Quakers could not pull out the win against Princeton, falling in the five-set battle at home Friday. It was deja-vu Sunday, as Penn fell to a different Tigers team: Towson.
Going into the Ancient Eight schedule with their preseason record a draw, the Red and Blue know they must now make progressive steps forward from here on out.
Wednesday night at Delaware, the Quakers (5-5) defeated the Blue Hens (3-10), 3-2 (22-25, 23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 15-13), winning the final three sets to secure a .500 record entering conference play.
Of the 22 players on the volleyball team, 10 are from California. The women’s soccer team has three Californians on its roster. Both teams took trips out west within the past month.
After a 1-2 showing at the West Penn Invitational at the Palestra, this will be the last chance for the Red and the Blue to work out the kinks before the wins and losses really begin to count.
Penn got out to a sluggish start Friday night against George Mason, needing four sets to dispatch their lowly opponent. Saturday, the Quakers lost their final two matches to Radford and Rutgers.
Before embarking on a quest to regain their once-held status as volleyball champions of the Ivy League, the Quakers will need to defend a smaller honor this weekend at the Palestra.
Facing tough competition, the Red and Blue returned from their West Coast road trip with a victory, going 1-2 in Berkeley, Calif.
Penn (2-1) heads to Berkeley this weekend for the Molten Classic, where they will face the University of California (2-3), Northern Arizona (6-0) and UC Riverside (3-3) in some of its toughest matchups of the season.
With wins over La Salle and Villanova over the weekend, the Red and Blue improved their overall tournament record to 9-3.
After winning back-to-back Ivy championships, the Quakers found 2011 to be a more challenging year, as they finished in fifth place. But this year, coach Kerry Carr believes an infusion of new faces both will propel Penn to the front of the Ancient Eight standings.
Three weekends ago, in the middle of that five-game losing streak, Brown and Yale came to the Palestra and defeated the Quakers, 3-2 and 3-0, respectively. This weekend, Penn wanted retribution. It was partially attained.
Yet it’s rare that one becomes talented enough to play two sports at the Division-I level. Such is the case for sophomore volleyball player Kristen Etterbeek, who could just as well have been a collegiate tennis player.
The victory over Dartmouth was Penn’s second on the season and lifted the Quakers into sole possession of sixth place in the league.
Essentially an extended season beyond the normal high-school season, club volleyball has become a necessity for high-school players pursuing a collegiate career.
Penn Volleyball jumped out to early leads against Ivy co-leader Princeton in the last two sets, but gave them up shortly after the Tigers called timeouts and regrouped.
After one go-round through the Ivy League, it’s about time for the Penn volleyball team to right the ship.
The Quakers have struggled in closing out games this season, which has resulted in the sixth-place position at which they currently sit in the Ivy League. However, the plethora of five-set matches the Red and Blue have played this season may be indicative of their true abilities.
The Quakers fell in five sets to previously slumping Brown Friday night and were swept by Yale the next day.
The Penn volleyball team has faced several uncertainties and unknowns during its defense of back-to-back Ivy League titles. But the Quakers have come to count on reliable play from one scintillating freshman.
The Quakers head to New York this weekend to play Cornell on Friday and Columbia on Saturday.
Quakers pick up first Ivy win over Dartmouth, but fall to the Crimson in five sets.
Casual volleyball fans and players tend to focus on the high-flying jumpers and fast-paced kills, but on coach Kerry Carr’s team, the focus has always been singular: defense.
Penn faced off against Princeton and Delaware this weekend, losing both hotly contested matches.
On the surface, it may be unclear why the Penn volleyball team would move away from an offense that won two-straight Ivy championships.