|Kills||Kesi Neblett (7)
Zoe Jacobs (7)
|Cara Mattaliano (17)
|Assists||Grace Campbell (29)||Jessica Harris (44)|
|Digs||Cassie Wes (16)||Maddie Huber (14)|
|Blocks||Chichi Ikwuazom (2)||Maggie O'Connell (1)
Nnenna Ibe (1)
PRINCETON, N.J. — The Columbia volleyball team’s season came to an end with a three-set loss at Princeton (22-25, 17-25, 18-25) Saturday evening at Dillon Gym.
Columbia wraps up the 2016 season with an overall record of 14-10 and a 9-5 mark in the Ivy League. The Lions tied their program record for Ivy League victories (2011, 2012) and finished third in the Ivy League standings. The 2016 season also saw Columbia earn its most overall victories since 2012.
"We wanted to finish our season with a win and it's tough knowing we didn't put up our strongest fight tonight, but we are all proud of this season for so many reasons and extremely motivated to top it next fall," said head coach Brie Katz. "I'm also so proud of our seniors. Their personal accomplishments, leadership and inspired play enabled us to achieve so many program milestones. I think we've solidified our high expectations this year and a team culture that can support them.
Seniors Zoe Jacobs and Kesi Neblett led Columbia’s offense with seven kills apiece in their final collegiate match. Neblett hit .400 and added an ace and a block for a team-high 8.5 points, finishing her career with 302 total blocks, which ranks third in school history. Jacobs hit .238 with four digs.
Also playing in her final match, senior libero Cassie Wes went for a match high 16 digs. Wes ends her illustrious career with 1,315 digs, which ranks second in program history. Her 468 digs this year also rank second at Columbia for a single season. Senior Sarah Gurbach ended her career with a dig and an ace in Saturday night’s contest.
First-year Chichi Ikwuazom put a cap on her fantastic rookie season by hitting .462 with six kills and two blocks. Fellow rookie Grace Campbell set the offense with 29 assists, finishing the year with 844 to rank fourth at Columbia for a single season.
Columbia started the match red hot, scoring eight of the first 10 points to force the Tigers into a quick timeout. Campbell and Gurbach each served an ace along the way, with Kosowicz and Neblett adding kills. The 8-2 start was quickly erased by the Tigers, who responded with an 8-2 run of their own to level the set at 10. Columbia scored the next four to rebuild a lead and went up by as many as five, 18-13, on another kill by Kosowicz.
Once more, Princeton (19-4, 13-1 Ivy) answered back. This time, the Ivy League champions used an 8-1 run to take their first lead of the set, 21-19. The Lions were able to tie things up at 22, but Princeton scored the final three points to take the first.
The momentum carried into the second, where Princeton broke a 12-all tie with a 6-1 run to take the upper hand. Columbia only ever got back within four, 19-15, before the Tigers built an eight-point lead to take a two-set lead.
The deficit proved too much to overcome, as the Ivy League champions walked away victorious with a 25-18 third-set victory.