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PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team continues its early Ivy League road swing this weekend. After making the shortest trip in the league last Friday, it’s barely an hour to Princeton. The Quakers make their longest trip in the league this weekend, from Philadelphia to Northern New England. Penn will play Harvard Friday night, but then wait until Sunday to take on Dartmouth. Sunday’s game in Hanover will be broadcast live to a national TV audience on ESPNU.

MATCH 12 PENN at HARVARD
Friday Sept 30 | 7 p.m.
Watch ESPN+ ($) | Live stats

MATCH 13 PENN on DARTMOUTH
sunday 2 oct. | 12:30 pm
Watch live on ESPNU | Live stats

Ivy League on ESPN

A reminder that the Ivy League is linked to ESPN and that this fall you can find all of the Penn home games, as well as Ivy on the road and select off-conference road games on ESPN+ with the same high broadcast quality you’ve come to expect. ESPN+ is a subscription-based service that offers monthly and annual packages. Click here to subscribe to ESPN+!

The series with Harvard

The Crimson have a 6-4 lead over the last 10 encounters in this series, but the teams have split each of the last two seasons. Last year, Harvard came to Philly and defeated the Quakers 3-1, but four weeks later Penn went to Cambridge and took an 18-16 win in the fifth set for a dramatic 3-2 win.

About Harvard

The Crimson are 1-8 and fell in their Ivy League opener against Dartmouth last Saturday, 3-1. Katie Vorhies leads the charge with 91 kills, while Ashley Wang has 69 kills and Nicole Prescott 55. Two different setters have racked up triple assists, Bella Almanza (177) and Rocky Aguirre (137). Lindsey Zhang leads the Crimson with 87 counts, while Almanza has 62, and Ariana White has 38.0 blocks (8s/30a) while Ava Rauser had 15 block assists. Vorhies received the honorable mention All-Ivy recognition a year ago, as did Olivia Cooper and Jaimie Rao.

The series with Dartmouth

The Quakers have dominated much of this series, but in recent years, things have been tight, with Penn winning just four of their last seven encounters. Last season, the Quakers won 3-2 at The Palestra, but the Big Green won 3-0 at Hanover four weeks later.

About Dartmouth

The Big Green opened up Ivy play with the win over Harvard last Saturday and is 9-2 overall. Ellie Blain, a second-team All-Ivy roster a year ago, leads Dartmouth with 119 kills, while Amelia Gibbs has 69 (hit .379) and Ava Roberts has 67. Makenzie Arent (235 assists) and Karen Murphy (179) hold the setter spot, defensively, Emma Engstrom (another second-team All-Ivy pick last year) has a team-high 163 digs while Taite Ryan has 101 . Bomi Ogunlariolder sister of Penn freshman Feyi Ogunlaricleads Dartmouth with 42.0 blocks (11s/31a) while Gibbs has 29.0 (2s/27a). Five different players have a double digit service ace total.

Dartmouth and Penn have one common opponent this season. Dartmouth hosted and defeated Lehigh 3-1 on September 9, while the Quakers hosted the Mountain Hawks 11 days later, falling 3-2.

Quaker Note Meal

*Penn is 1-10 overall, trying to shake off an eight-game loss streak that continued last Friday with a 3-0 loss at Princeton to open Ivy play.

* Penn’s record is a bit misleading though; the Quakers were quite competitive in most of their matches. Of the 31 sets lost this season, the Red and Blue have fallen 28-26 once, four 25-23 and five 25-22. They also hit 20 and 21 three times in set losses.

*Sophomore Ella Green Penn has led to kills in each of the last two games, a career high with 16 against Lehigh on Sept. 20, .250 in that game, followed by nine at Princeton. She has doubled in kills in the past four games, just missed a third at Princeton, and is third on the team with 66 kills this season (2.36 k/s).

*Green also ended up a bit shy in a double-double vs. Lehigh and added two service aces and a block assist. Then, last Friday, she had a block solo and block assist against the Tigers.

*Senior Madeline McGregor leads Penn with 92 kills (2.42 k/s) and has hit double digits twice in the last three games and five times overall. She will try to recover after recording just two murders last Friday in Princeton.

*Junior Madison Risch has 15 kills in Penn’s last two games (7 vs. Lehigh, 8 at Princeton) and is second behind McGregor with 69 kills for the season (2.09 k/s).

*Junior Jo Armstrong had won the entire game as a setter in three consecutive games against Providence, Temple and Lehigh before handing that role back to freshman Anna Shohfi for the third set last Friday.

*Shohfi has played the most sets at setter (19) this season and leads Penn with 151 assists (7.95 a/s), finishing fifth among Ivy players. Armstrong has 148 over 15 sets (9.87 a/s) and sophomore Sydney OrmistonPenn’s main setter last season has 54 over 10 sets (5.40 a/s).

*Senior Elizabeth Ford remains offensively opportunistic at the net. She missed Penn’s Sheraton University City Invitational due to a family commitment, but in the last two games, she had 11 kills while hitting .364.

*freshman Abigail ReidPenn’s libero, racked up 33 digs against Lehigha season/career high and a staggering 6.60 assists/set, coming in second among Ivy League players this weekend and 44th nationally in digs per set (4.66). She has reached double figures in that category in all but one competition this season.

*Reid also leads Penn with 11 service aces, followed by McGregor (9), Risch (6) and freshman Claire Deller (6). Don’t be surprised to see sophomores Tatum DeMann and Cat Alexander brought to serve through Penn’s rotations.

*Reid and Deller have both won all tournament awards this season, Reid took hers the first weekend of the season at Fordham’s Rose Hill Classic, and Deller was honored two weeks later at Penn’s Sheraton University City Invitational.

*Junior Emerson Flornes had a career-high seven blocks (1s/6a) against Temple on September 17 and leads Penn with 21.0 this season (2s/19a). McGregor has 19.0 blocks (1s/18a), while Deller has a block solo and 15 block assistants.

*Penn started 14 different players during the non-conference portion of the season, as head coach Meredith Schamun and her staff continued to tinker with the lineup for the Ivy opener. Only two players have started all 11 games so far: McGregor and Reid.

*Penn’s trip to the Golden State three weekends ago, the Quakers losing games to CSU-Northridge, Saint Mary’s College and the University of San Francisco represented a relative homecoming for several members of Penn’s team. In fact, nearly half of Penn’s roster (eight out of 18 players) is from California, including two who consider the Bay Area home: junior Madison Risch (Lafayette) and sophomore Ella Green (Groenbrae). The others are junior Emerson Flornes (Laguna beach); sophomore Sydney Ormiston (Murrieta), Cat Alexander (Los Angeles) and So Johnson (LA); and freshmen Claire Deller (Del Mar) and Jalen Tennyson (LA). Three of them Alexander, Johnson and Tennyson also attended Marlborough School together.

*Penn opened the 2022 campaign at Fordham’s Rose Hill Classic, going 1-2 with losses to Niagara (3-1) and host Rams (3-0) but ended the weekend with a win over Fairleigh Dickinson (3-1 ).

*Penn went 8-15 overall last year and finished sixth in the Ivy League with a 5-9 record. In the Ivy League’s 2022 media poll published last week, the Quakers were picked to finish sixth again.

*Although she was hired in March 2020, this is only Schamun’s second season as head coach of the Quakers. Penn did not play a season in 2020 due to Ivy League restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Seniors Ford, Leak and McGregor are the team captains of 2022.

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