NEW YORK – Over the next few weeks, GoColumbiaLions.com will take a look at the teams, student-athletes, coaches and staff members set to be inducted in the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame this October. Our next installment features women’s volleyball standout Kathy Lavold ’03BC.
Al Barabas ’36CC
Emily Jacobson ’08CC & Daria Schneider ’10CC
The 1996 Football Team
1929 Heavyweight Rowing
Liz Cheung-Gaffney ’98CC
Ted Kiendl 1911CC & John Howard Johnson ’22CC
Milena Kachar ’07CC
2005 Women’s Cross Country Team
Jackie Adelflo ’06SEAS
Howard Endelman ’87CC & The 1986 Men’s Tennis Team
Len Renery ’71CC and Amr Aly ’85CC
Kathy Lavold ’03BC
Kathy Lavold is the first former women’s volleyball player to be inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame. A three-year letterwinner for the Lions, Lavold is one of only two players in Columbia volleyball history to earn back-to-back first-team All-Ivy League honors when she accomplished the feat in 2000 and 2001. Her selection as a junior in 2001 was unanimous making her the first Lion to earn an undisputed accolade.
Volleyball’s Varsity C award recipient in 2001, Lavold graduated holding nearly ever major team record and still holds the Lions records for kills in a single season (417), total blocks in a single season (118) and career total blocks (337).
Lavold not only wrote herself into Columbia’s individual history, but was also a crucial member in the Lion’s winningest season in 2000, when she was voted the team’s most valuable player. That season, which was her first in Morningside Heights, the Newport, California, local led Columbia to a 16-13 overall record. The record-setting winning season also featured the most straight set wins in a single season (10) and the longest straight set win streak (4, from Sept. 22-23, 2000).
During her career in Columbia blue and white, the middle hitter ranked in the NCAA’s Division I top 20 in kills and was voted by the American Volleyball Coaches Association as one of the top returning players as a junior and senior, respectively.