Penn serves up tourney title at Palestra

The women’s volleyball team won the Valley Forge Sports Invitational this past weekend at the Palestra.

Junior Parker Jones of the women's volleyball team prepares to strike the ball at the Palestra.
Junior Parker Jones was named MVP of the tournament.

The women’s volleyball team was victorious at the Valley Forge Sports Invitational at the Palestra over the weekend, downing Duquesne 3-0 on Friday, conquering Chicago State 3-2 on Saturday morning, and upending St. Francis Brooklyn 3-0 on Saturday evening.

In their home opener, Penn won the first set against Duquesne 25-18. Junior Parker Jones had five kills. The Quakers took the second set 25-19. The third set was a seesaw contest that had 17 ties and eight lead changes. The Quakers held on for a 25-22 win. 

Versus Chicago State, the Red & Blue won the first two sets by scores of 25-22. The Cougars got even by winning the third set 25-23 and the fourth set 25-12.

The Red & Blue won the fifth set 15-12 behind five kills on six attacks by sophomore Margaret Planek.

Members of the women's volleyball team converse on the court in a circle.
The women’s volleyball team is 5-1, its best start in a decade.

Facing St. Francis Brooklyn, the Quakers won the first set 25-13. Jones had six kills. The second set was more competitive, with the Red & Blue eking out a 26-24 win. Freshman Autumn Leak notched five kills. The third set was equally close; Penn prevailed 25-23. Jones had five kills and a .714 attack percentage. 

Jones, an All-Ivy honorable mention last season, was named MVP of the tournament. She had 43 total kills. 

She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by teammates Planek and sophomore Carmina Raquel.

Penn stands at 5-1, its best start since staring 8-1 in 2009. This weekend, they will play in the UC Riverside Invitational against UC Riverside, Seattle, and Cal State Fullerton.