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.
Kerry Carr could have opted to select her whole senior class as the team's group of captains for a second straight year.
After a disappointing 13-13 finish to the season last season, head coach Kerry Carr has decided to make an offseason splash that she hopes will set Penn Volleyball up for future success.
Newest assistant coach Scott Schweihofer joins Carr’s staff in the hopes of bringing the Ivy title back to Philadelphia for the first time since 2010.
After spending the last two years at George Mason University as the team’s top assistant and recruiting coordinator, Schweihofer comes to Penn after helping the Patriots to their best single-season win total in six years.
As spring semester ended and students prepared to embark on their various summer journeys, one women’s soccer player had reason to be especially excited.
Erica Higa, a sophomore midfielder for the Red and Blue, traveled to Rwanda alongside fellow Penn Athletics representative coach Kerry Major Carr of women’s volleyball and around ten other Penn students and faculty as part of the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s Rwanda Gashora Program.
The program was created to explore the possibilities of using solar energy and information communication technology in low-resource communities in developing countries.
On Tuesday, Penn volleyball and coach Kerry Carr announced the five members of the 2016 recruiting class, including Ariana Wiltjer, a middle blocker from Portland, Ore.
Penn volleyball will carry some momentum and added confidence into the fall of 2016 after a strong finish to the 2015 campaign, but it will also certainly be leaving plenty behind.
As we enter the final weekend of the 2015 season, Penn volleyball is already looking towards the future.
Same, same but different.
The typical American collegiate experience is four years. While some deviate from that path and finish early or late, a majority of students at Penn find themselves on a similar track.
It’s time to say goodbye.
There’s no place like home. There’s no time like Homecoming.
Statistics have always been an integral part of sports.
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.