For the first time in Ivy play, the women’s volleyball team came from behind to steal a victory, dropping the first two sets before sweeping the final three in Friday’s 3-2 decision over the Tigers.
To improve her team’s mental toughness, in-game durability and end-of-game execution, coach Kelly Carr and her coaching staff have taken an old sports adage to heart — practice how you play.
After defeating Brown in four sets behind freshman Alex Caldwell’s triple-double, the Quakers’ three-match winning streak came to an end in straight sets at Yale on Saturday.
Penn (8-8, 3-2 Ivy) will use last week’s momentum going into this weekend’s matches at Brown and Yale — the final two games in the first round-robin of Ivy play.
Friday at the Palestra, the Quakers took down Cornell for the eighth consecutive time, battling out three tough sets to capture a straight-set conference win, 25-21, 27-25, 25-23.
Looking at the statistics, it is clear that Penn volleyball’s Dani Shepherd dominates the court. The junior sits atop the Division I standings in digs per set and has held the title for almost three weeks.
The Quakers split their first Ivy weekend away from their home court, easily overcoming Dartmouth in three sets but falling to Harvard in a five-set battle.
After two five-set losses last weekend to Princeton and Towson, the Quakers (5-7, 0-1 Ivy) will look to rebound in their first full weekend of Ivy League play. Penn did not have a midweek game this week, which gave the team extra time to focus on what it can do to turn those close losses into wins.
The Quakers could not pull out the win against Princeton, falling in the five-set battle at home Friday. It was deja-vu Sunday, as Penn fell to a different Tigers team: Towson.
Going into the Ancient Eight schedule with their preseason record a draw, the Red and Blue know they must now make progressive steps forward from here on out.
Wednesday night at Delaware, the Quakers (5-5) defeated the Blue Hens (3-10), 3-2 (22-25, 23-25, 25-21, 26-24, 15-13), winning the final three sets to secure a .500 record entering conference play.
Of the 22 players on the volleyball team, 10 are from California. The women’s soccer team has three Californians on its roster. Both teams took trips out west within the past month.
After a 1-2 showing at the West Penn Invitational at the Palestra, this will be the last chance for the Red and the Blue to work out the kinks before the wins and losses really begin to count.
Penn got out to a sluggish start Friday night against George Mason, needing four sets to dispatch their lowly opponent. Saturday, the Quakers lost their final two matches to Radford and Rutgers.
Before embarking on a quest to regain their once-held status as volleyball champions of the Ivy League, the Quakers will need to defend a smaller honor this weekend at the Palestra.
Facing tough competition, the Red and Blue returned from their West Coast road trip with a victory, going 1-2 in Berkeley, Calif.
Penn (2-1) heads to Berkeley this weekend for the Molten Classic, where they will face the University of California (2-3), Northern Arizona (6-0) and UC Riverside (3-3) in some of its toughest matchups of the season.
With wins over La Salle and Villanova over the weekend, the Red and Blue improved their overall tournament record to 9-3.
After winning back-to-back Ivy championships, the Quakers found 2011 to be a more challenging year, as they finished in fifth place. But this year, coach Kerry Carr believes an infusion of new faces both will propel Penn to the front of the Ancient Eight standings.
Three weekends ago, in the middle of that five-game losing streak, Brown and Yale came to the Palestra and defeated the Quakers, 3-2 and 3-0, respectively. This weekend, Penn wanted retribution. It was partially attained.