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.
After graduating three All-Ivy players, Quakers aim to use uncertain lineups as versatility advantage
Despite three losses at the Rocket Classic to Toledo, Alabama and No. 25 Ohio State, the Penn volleyball team’s trip to Ohio was still worthwhile.
Penn opens up the Rocket Classic in Toledo, Ohio with a matchup against a Top-25 team in Ohio State.
A lot has changed for Ivy champion Penn volleyball. But when it comes to the Big 5 tournament at the Palestra, this year’s result was much the same.
The Penn volleyball team has won two straight championships. But it will have to go for a three-peat with a new-look roster.
Penn ended the 2010 campaign tied atop the Ivy League with a 12-2 record (17-10 overall) and a second straight Ivy title. Ultimately, the season was another successful one for the Quakers.
The Penn women’s volleyball team lost in three straight sets to Ohio on Sunday.
The Penn volleyball team will compete Friday afternoon in Durham, N.C., against Ohio University in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Quakers defeated Yale in five sets in a playoff match between the Ivy League co-champions in New Haven, Conn. Penn will return to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive year.
The Quakers outlasted Princeton in five sets to capture a share of the Ivy title. They will face co-champion Yale in a playoff Sunday at 1 p.m. in New Haven, Conn.
Records have been set and milestones reached, but a second straight Ivy volleyball title still hangs in the balance Wednesday at Princeton.
The Quakers notched road wins over both Harvard and Dartmouth to set them up for a Wednesday showdown with Princeton, as a piece of the Ivy title sits on the line.
Fair Harvard has her Crimson and Dartmouth has its Green, but it is Penn volleyball that has last year’s Ivy League title and is looking to repeat.
The Penn seniors won their last two games at the Palestra, with a 3-2 victory over Columbia and a 3-0 win over Cornell.
Penn opens its two-game home stand against Columbia on Friday night and caps it off with a match against Cornell. While both contests are crucial to the Quakers, the rematch against the Lions will most likely prove to be a greater test this weekend in hopes of defending their Ivy Title.
Penn faces an uncertain road back to the Ivy championship and NCAA tournament, but can still finish as at least co-champions if they win out.
On Saturday, the Quakers faced big deficits midway through each of their sets against Yale, and though the team came close, Penn was never able to draw even with the Bulldogs, losing in straight sets.
The Penn volleyball team looks to continue its march to a second consecutive Ivy League championship when it hits the road this weekend on to take on Brown and Yale.
Penn’s four-set victory over Columbia followed a dominant win over Cornell Friday to cap a solid weekend for the Quakers on the road. The weekend’s results kept Penn in a tie with Princeton at the top of the League.
An already close college volleyball community is made even more intimate by the concentration of players from California.
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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