Volleyball Opens Ivy Play Friday Night at Princeton

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PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania volleyball team begins the quest for an Ivy League championship on Friday night, making the short trip North to face its rival and travel partner Princeton. This is the first of three straight road matches the Quakers will play to start Ancient Eight play.
Friday, Sept. 23 | 7 p.m.
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The Series with Princeton
The Tigers have won the last 11 matchups in this series and 13 of the last 14 meetings. Penn’s last win came on September 25, 2015, a 3-1 decision at Dillon Gym.
About Princeton
The Tigers are 8-2 heading into Ivy League play and have won five in a row including sweeps of Florida International, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Rutgers last weekend at the Scarlet Knights’ tournament in New Brunswick, N.J. Avery Luoma, a first-team All-Ivy pick a year ago, has 119 kills (4.10 k/s) while Valerie Nutakor has 100 (3.45 k/s). Lindsey Kelly is the setter; a second-team All-Ivy pick last year, she has 335 assists (11.55 a/s) and a team-high 14 service aces. Defensively, Cameron Dames has 177 digs (5.06 d/s); she was the 2019 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and received honorable mention All-Ivy recognition last season. Lucia Scalamandre has 39.0 blocks (8s/31a) while Luoma has 15 block assists. Elena Montgomery joined Luoma as a first-team All-Ivy selection last year.
Penn and Princeton have one common opponent this season, Fairleigh Dickinson. The Quakers beat the Knights on September 3, 3-1, while the Tigers swept FDU last Saturday, 3-0.
Quaker Notemeal
*Penn is 1-9 overall and trying to shake off a seven-match losing streak that continued despite a valiant comeback Tuesday night at The Palestra vs. Lafayette. The Quakers lost the first two sets to the Mountain Hawks, came back with decisive wins in the third and fourth sets, but gave up the final three points of the match to lose the fifth and deciding set, 15-12, and drop a 3-2 decision.
*Sophomore Ella Green set a career high with 16 kills and hit .250 on Tuesday night. It was her second time reaching double digits in kills in the last three matches.
*Green also finished one dig shy of a double-double and added two service aces and a block assist.
*Senior Madeline McGregor had 15 kills and added seven digs and three block assists against Lehigh. It was her second straight match with a double-digit kill total and fifth this season.
*Junior Jo Armstrong once again went the distance at setter—her third straight match doing so—and had 51 assists (10.20 a/s) along with 11 digs, a service ace and a block assist.
*After missing Penn’s matches over the previous weekend due to a family commitment, senior Elizabeth Ford returned to the lineup Tuesday and led the Quakers with four block assists, adding six kills and a dig.
*Freshman Abigail Reid stuck 33 digs—a season/career high and a staggering 6.60 assists/set—and added three service aces while sophomore Kat Alexander had 10 digs.
*Freshman Claire Deller was named to the all-tournament team at last weekend’s Sheraton University City Invitational, hosted by Penn at The Palestra. She is the second Penn first year to earn all-tournament honors this season, after Reid was so honored the first weekend at Fordham’s Rose Hill Classic.
*Deller ended the weekend with 23 kills and a .273 hitting percentage, and she also had five block assists against Temple and three service aces on the weekend.
*Senior Autumn Leak also had a strong weekend. She tied her season high with 13 kills against Providence on Saturday morning, then followed that up with 16 kills later in the day against the Owls (hitting .343). Overall, Leak had 36 kills and hit .258 across the three matches.
*Armstrong made her season debut late in Penn’s loss to GW, then went the distance at setter against PC and Temple. She had 79 assists in those matches—33 vs. Providence, 46 vs. Temple—and three block assists against the Owls.
*Freshman Anna Shohfi started the season at the setter position and leads the Quakers with 142 assists (7.89 a/s), but sophomore Sydney Ormiston saw most of the action there against Saint Mary’s and San Francisco and has 54 assists (5.4 a/s).
*Reid, the Quakers’ libero, has reached double figures in digs in all but one match this season and averages 4.71 digs per set which has her 36th nationally.
*Junior Emerson Flornes had a career-high seven blocks (1s/6a) last Saturday vs. Temple and leads Penn with 21.0 this season (2s/19a). McGregor has 19.0 blocks (1s/18a) while Deller has 15 block assists.
*Penn started 14 different players during the non-conference portion of the season, as head coach Meredith Schamun and her staff continue to tinker with the lineup ahead of the Ivy opener. Only two players have started all ten matches to date: McGregor and Reid.
*Penn’s trip to the Golden State two weekends ago—the Quakers lost matches 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 of 18 players) hails from California including two who consider the Bay Area home: junior Madison Risch (Lafayette) and sophomore Ella Green (Greenbrae). The others are junior Emerson Flornes (Laguna Beach); sophomores Sydney Ormiston (Murrieta), Kat Alexander (Los Angeles) and Kaya Johnson (L.A.); and freshmen Claire Deller (Del Mar) and Jalen Tennyson (L.A.). Three of them—Alexander, Johnson and Tennyson—also attended the Marlborough School together.
*Penn opened the 2022 campaign at Fordham’s Rose Hill Classic, going 1-2 with losses to Niagara (3-1) and the host Rams (3-0) but ending 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 preseason media poll released 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 2020 season due to Ivy League restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic.
*Seniors Ford, Leak and McGregor are the 2022 team captains.



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