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.
Penn volleyball clinched at least a share of the Ivy championship on Saturday.
Quakers face last road test on quest to perfection.
Neil Fanaroff ventures to a volleyball game and explains why they are the team to watch.
Defense played a critical role in Penn's victory over defending Ivy champion Yale.
The Quakers took down Yale in to sweep the season series with the defending champions.
Volleyball can't clinch the Ivy title this weekend — but a win over Yale would all but guarantee it.