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This fall season will feature 25 Ivy League matches on ESPN’s live internet streaming network, ESPN3. Penn will feature in six of these games across four different sports. Here is a look at the Quakers' matchups to be featured on the ESPN channel throughout this fall.
The quartet of games run on the network begins the weekend following Labor Day, as Penn field hockey will host No. 8 Delaware in their fourth game of the season on September 8th. Last season, the Red and Blue finished the year with an 11-6 record, though half of those losses came to in-conference opponents.
Among the Quakers likely to make a cameo in the broadcast is senior star Alexa Hoover, who earned All-American honors following last season’s performance. Penn will look to avenge a double overtime loss to the Blue Hens which featured an 86th-minute game-winner from Greta Nauck.
ESPN’s simulcasts of Penn volleyball will provide an ideal opportunity to look at the team under the recently appointed coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley. Schumacher-Cawley takes over after Kerry Carr resigned at the end of her 19th season as head coach of Penn volleyball.
The Red and Blue will be seen on the network over two weekends. First the Quakers take on Yale on September 29 hoping to improve on their 0-2 record against the Bulldogs from 2016. Penn’s second ESPN match will pit the Quakers against Harvard on October 6. The team will look to continue its run of form against the Crimson, after sweeping their meetings last season.
On the same day of both of Penn volleyball’s ESPN3 matches, the Quakers' soccer programs will also be represented. Penn women’s soccer will take on Cornell on September 29. The Quakers will look to follow up on last year's impressive 5-0 drubbing against the Big Red.
The team’s next streamed match on October 6 will pit the Red and Blue against Columbia, the 2016 Ancient Eight runner-up. The Quakers will seek to avenge a heartbreaking 1-0 overtime loss against the Lions last year.
The men’s team will also have a match aired on ESPN3. Their non-conference bout against Villanova on October 17 will be the last Penn Athletics game featured on the network for the fall season. The two teams will be facing off for the first second time since 2013, with the Red and Blue last coming away with a victory against their intrastate rivals in 2011.