In a sport like volleyball, so much depends on being able to move on from tough points. But often times, it can be just as important to move on from tough matches.
As another big weekend approaches for Penn Volleyball here at the Palestra as they look to produce out on the court against Ivy rivals Brown and Yale.
With such a large team, Penn volleyball coach Kerry Carr made clear from day one that she does not guarantee time on the court, but can guarantee time on the bench.
Carr has a team whose strength comes from each player’s ability to come into the game at any moment, a skill that is necessary with such a deep roster of twenty-three girls. This is why sophomore Julia Tulloh and freshmen Ariana Wiltjer and Zoe Macartney's ‘team-first’ mentality and fierce work ethic are so critical to their individual and collective success as a team.
"Julia, Ariana and Zoe are three girls who epitomize what the whole chemistry of the team is like," Carr said.
After coming in as a walk-on her freshman year, Tulloh’s incredible work ethic and positive attitude made her a unique asset to the team from day one.
Within twenty-four hours, Penn volleyball played ten grueling sets in New York. But it was to no avail, as the Quakers fell in two tight matches against rivals Cornell and Columbia.
“We played both matches really tough,” Coach Kerry Carr said “When it gets to the overtime set, and you’re on the road, it just gets a lot tougher.”
The Quaker’s campaign began at the Newman Arena against the Big Red.
Coming off a sweep in the first Ivy doubleheader of the year, Penn volleyball will hit the road over fall break and take on Cornell and Columbia.
The Quakers (7-8, 2-1 Ivy) carry momentum into the weekend after wins over Harvard and Dartmouth, but they'll face two hungry teams in New York, with the Big Red (5-7, 0-3) desperate for their first conference win and the Lions (8-5, 3-0) looking to stay undefeated in league play.
Penn volleyball optimistic for Dartmouth and Harvard
Penn volleyball season is heating up, as the Quakers look to defeat Dartmouth and Harvard at the Palestra.
In more ways than one, it’s a new era for Penn volleyball.
Sure, it’s easy to point out the absences of five senior captains from 2015 – players that accounted for four of the team’s top five in kills, not including Ivy League assists leader Ronnie Bither.
On the second day of Fall, Penn had a hard time standing up to a much more experienced Tiger squad at the Palestra.
After battling back to force a decisive fifth set in their Ivy opener, Princeton took control en route to a victory over the Quakers.
She’s undersized. She’s young. She’s 1,500 miles from home. And outside hitter Courtney Quinn is leading the way for Penn volleyball in her sophomore campaign.
Teams often hope for intense competition at the end of their preseason schedules to prepare themselves for the regular season.
A pair of third-year defensive specialists are coming together to put the team first, even though they'll never wear the same uniform.
With five former captains having graduated this spring leading to an unprecedented senior-less roster, it’s no secret that turnover has been a constant storyline following Penn volleyball in 2016.
But, at least for one weekend, it seemed everything was the same as always for the Red and Blue.
Saint Joe's will likely struggle to accomplish anything at the Big 5 Tournament this weekend, on account of not having a volleyball team, but Penn and the other three squads involved enter the round-robin affair with high hopes.
The Quakers will see some more local action this weekend, the final weekend before Ivy League play kicks off.
Considering they have yet to even take their first college midterm, a pair of Penn freshman athletes had quite precocious weeks for their respective teams.
Women’s soccer’s Emily Sands and Volleyball’s Caroline Furrer both picked up Ivy League Rookie of the Week Awards following high-scoring performances that led their teams to winning nonconference weekends.
Sands played a part in three out of the four Quaker goals this weekend.
Coming off an 0-4 trip to Houston, Penn volleyball needed a strong showing at home in the Penn Invitational. The Quakers answered the call.
Off to an 0-4 start for the first time since 2006, it’s been a long week for Penn volleyball.
But if there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, there’s no better place than the Palestra to provide it.
Following a frustrating performance in Houston, the Quakers will return home in an effort to snatch their first win of the year.
The Quakers messed with Texas, and while their record is worse to show for it, morale is certainly not headed down south.
College sports have two different philosophies when it comes to the buildup to conference play: some teams prefer to ease into the big games, building confidence, while others prefer to test themselves and raise the stakes.
Penn women’s volleyball has taken the latter approach this year.
Over the next three weekends, the team will play in three tournaments against a myriad of opponents from across the country.
For a typical head coach, summer vacation might signal the time to hit the recruiting trail, scheme for the upcoming season and enjoy the rare opportunity to unwind with the constant frenzy of the school year taking a brief pause.
But Penn volleyball coach Kerry Carr did things a tad differently.
Kerry Carr could have opted to select her whole senior class as the team's group of captains for a second straight year.