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.
With only two games remaining in the year, Penn volleyball is looking to conclude their season in style.
After coming off a turbulent weekend, the Quakers (8-15, 5-7 Ivy) are looking to regain their stride tomorrow evening against Brown in Providence before facing Yale on Saturday.
After matchup with Dartmouth on Friday night that saw Penn handle its Ivy League foe in three sets, the Red and Blue were primed for a matchup against first place Harvard. Despite a strong effort, though, the Quakers fell in five sets.
Senior weekend started out well for Penn volleyball.
The Quakers strung together consecutive Ivy wins for the first time this season as the Red and Blue took down the Dartmouth in straight sets, 25-22, 25-16, 25-21.
In the first set, Penn (5-6) leapt to a lead.
For a team two games under .500, Penn volleyball sure is enthusiastic.
The Palestra was just as loud during Wednesday night’s practice as it has been all season, even after another head-scratching weekend for the Quakers.
Led by junior captain Alexis Genske, the Quakers (7-14, 4-6 Ivy) cruised to a 3-1 victory at Columbia on Saturday.
Unfortunately for Penn, lighting occasionally strikes twice. On Friday beneath the lights of Jadwin Arena, the Quakers suffered another tough loss to Princeton in a four set grudge match.
The recent rise of play within the Ivy League has been a swift one. With schools scrambling to get the one or two pieces to complete their Ivy League title puzzles, competition for recruits has never been so high.
It was a rollercoaster of emotions for Penn volleyball this weekend, as the team struggled to close out Harvard, but then topped Dartmouth.