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In a dominant three-set performance, Penn swept the Crimson, 25-9, 25-12, 25-20, to complete a successful weekend that began with a narrow 3-2 victory over Dartmouth.
How to achieve victory on a level playing field is a question that the volleyball team needs to ask itself as it digs deeper into conference matches.
Penn is looking to earn its first Ivy win of the season against Yale and turn around a 2-8 stretch that spans the last four weeks.
The Quakers, who have struggled so far defensively this season, dropped two matches this weekend at the Palestra, losing on Friday night to Princeton and on Saturday to Marquette.
A grueling preseason, during which the Penn volleyball team lost more matches than it did in its entire 2009 campaign, has finally given way to the Ivy League slate.
Game strategy becomes much more important during Ivy League play, as the teams’ familiarity with one another demands specific plans of attack.
Though the Quakers won their first set rather handily, Delaware stormed back to defeat Penn 3-1 in a tightly contested match in Newark, Del., Saturday night.
The Quakers were swept by Cal State-Fullerton, UCLA and Liberty before rebounding with a sweep of West Virginia. In the process, they learned winning isn't everything.
Penn hopes to raise its level of play, as these will be some of the toughest opponents the Quakers will play all season.
It was a tough weekend for Penn volleyball in Maryland at the Terrapin Invitational, where the team lost six straight sets and went 1-2.
After displaying a new core of talent in its opening weekend, the defending Ivy League champion Penn volleyball team is set to pick up where it left off.
This year the Penn volleyball team is attempting to improve on a 23-6 season that included an Ivy League title.
The Quakers’ season opener on Sept. 3 against Temple will be broadcast around the Philadelphia region by the Comcast Network.
As the defending Ivy League champion, the Penn volleyball team enters the 2010 season faced with the loss of six seniors to graduation, including 2009 Ivy League Player of the Year, Elizabeth Semmens.
The Quakers (23-6) didn't enter the match with much reason for hope, as the Nittany Lions (33-0) had won an NCAA record 96 consecutive matches (now 97) and had only lost five sets the entire season.
The Quakers earned their first-ever NCAA Tournament victory on Friday night, winning, 3-1, over the Black Knights.
When the Quakers take the court tonight against Army in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, school history will be on the line.
Although it already clinched the Ivy League conference title and an NCAA Tournament berth, Penn (22-5, 13-1 Ivy) improved its conference record to 13-1, matching its best ever Ivy record from the 2002 and 2003 championship seasons.
The Quakers (21-5, 12-1 Ivy) will resume their archrivalry against Princeton (11-13, 9-4) 7 p.m. Wednesday night at the Palestra.
Despite an uncharacteristic loss, the volleyball team still clinched the outright share of the Ivy title.
If Penn wins just one of its matches this weekend against Harvard or Dartmouth, it will have sole possession of the crown once again.
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Volleyball had two sweeps on the weekend, as it improved to 7-0 in Ivy League play
All but two Ivy League teams have been victimized by the Quakers' torrid start. Cornell (6-11, 3-3 Ivy) and Columbia (11-8, 2-4), the two lone survivors, visit the Palestra this weekend hoping to foil Penn’s attempt at a league sweep.
Penn's match against Columbia is the second Dig Pink game to increase breast-cancer awareness and raise money for research.
Behind the career-high numbers from Elizabeth Semmens — who earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors — Penn defeated both Dartmouth and Harvard in four sets to remain undefeated in Ivy League play.
Freshman Lauren Martin — whose performance earned her Ivy League Freshman of the Week honors — and the Penn volleyball team will take to the road this weekend, visiting Dartmouth and Harvard.
The most notable feat this weekend occurred in New Haven, Conn., when Penn volleyball conquered defending Ivy champion Yale.
History repeated itself as it took all five sets for Penn to take down defending champion Yale and improve to 3-0 in the Ivy League. They now have an inside track at dethroning the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs (11-1, 1-0 Ivy) are off to an even better start this year, and will try to avoid a repeat when Penn (10-4, 1-0) visits Saturday for a 4 p.m. matchup. The Quakers’ road trip begins tonight with a 7 p.m. contest against Brown.
Saturday night at Dillon Gym, the Quakers opened up their 2009 Ivy schedule by emphatically ending that trend, as it swept the Tigers 3-0.
Tomorrow night, when the Quakers (9-4) open Ivy League play and a five-game road trip they’ll face a struggling Tigers team that’s 2-9.
Despite playing in Hawkins’ favorite venue, the Quakers greeted junior Julia Swanson’s return from injury with a 1-2 record as hosts of the Holiday Inn HD Tournament. Penn beat St. Francis (Pa.), 3-0, but fell 3-0 to Santa Clara and 3-1 to tournament champion Albany.
In the second game of this weekend’s Holiday Inn tournament at the Palestra, the Quakers (8-2) will take on Santa Clara (8-4), which coach Kerry Carr said is easily the best team on the non-conference schedule.
The Quakers defeated Ball State in four sets and Towson in five. But Elizabeth Semmens could only manage eight kills as the entire Penn squad struggled Saturday and was swept by George Washington.
The Penn volleyball team is off to its best start since 2000, when it finished 22-8 and took second place in the Ivy League.
The Quakers beat Texas A&M; Corpus Christi, 3-1, Friday, and then knocked off Cal State Bakersfield, 3-1, and swept Houston Baptist Saturday.
In four of the last six seasons, volleyball's pre-Ivy schedule has included a trip to California, a state that boasts the best volleyball recruits (including nine of the 23 current Quakers).
It was three games and three heroes for Penn volleyball in this weekend's inaugural Big 5 Tournament.
With a new season kicking off this weekend as the Quakers host Temple, La Salle and Villanova in the Big 5 Tournament, coach Kerry Carr knows that improved blocking, especially by the middle hitters, will be the key to success in 2009.
Despite struggling with its blocking all season, the 2008 Penn volleyball team finished third in the Ivy League.