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Senior Devon Peterkin gears up for an outside hit.

Photo Courtesy of Beverly Schaefer / GoPrincetonTigers

Princeton women's volleyball (4–5) opens Ivy League conference play this Friday against the Penn Quakers (7–2). Last season, the Tigers swept the Quakers 3–0 in both matchups during the season. After taking second in the conference to Yale last year, the Tigers are looking to fight to get their Ivy League title back this season.

Currently, senior outside and right side hitter Devon Peterkin is leading the Tigers with 116 total kills this season with sophomore outside hitter Elena Montgomery sitting at 105 total kills. Senior setter Jessie Harris is leading the Tigers’ offense with a total of 279 assists and sophomore defense specialist and libero Cameron Dames is a force to be reckoned with on the court, leading the Tigers with 130 total digs. 

The Tigers lead their opponents this season, carrying a 12.24 kills per set average while their opponents are at 11.79 kills per set. 

For the Quakers, outside hitter Parker Jones and opposite hitter Margaret Planek are going to be big threats offensively, combining for 244 kills this season total. Setters Taylor Fourticq and Kylie Kulinski are also offensive threats; Fourticq has 133 assists this season and Kulinski has 170. Defensively, libero Carmina Raquel, who carried 162, is going to force the Tigers to work harder to place hits and serves during the match.

While the Tigers are welcoming back All-Ivy League players Peterkin, Harris, senior right side hitter Maggie O’Connell, and junior middle blocker Clare Lenihan, the Quakers lost their starting setter, Grace James, to graduation, as well as middle blocker Taylor Cooper, who carried the team with 83 blocks in the 2018 season. The Quakers will welcome back two All-Ivy League honorable mentions: Jones and outside hitter Raven Sulaimon.

Princeton was named recently the No. 1 team in the Ivy League preseason poll in front of Yale, so they are entering Ivy League play with high hopes. The Tigers earned 10 of the 15 first-place votes, securing 120 points while the Bulldogs followed with the other five first-place tallies and 117 points.

The match will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 in Dillon Gymnasium. The game will also be streamed on ESPN+. 

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