NEW YORK – The Columbia volleyball team hits the road to begin November action with a four-match road swing this weekend. The Lions are set to face Princeton on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. match against Penn on Saturday, Nov. 2.
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Fans can also follow live updates throughout both matches on Twitter @CUVB and @GoColumbiaLions.
Last Time Out
Columbia dropped a five-set heartbreaker to Cornell for the second time this season last Saturday afternoon in Levien Gymnasium. The Lions registered the loss by set scores of 28-26, 23-25, 22-25, 25-20, 9-15.
Six Lions reached double-figures on the day, led by sophomore Bailey Springer’s double-double of 17 kills and 14 digs. First-year Zoe Jacobs hit .342 overall with 15 kills, while sophomore Katarina Jovicic swung at a match-high .571 clip, recording 13 kills on just one error in 21 attempts.
First-year Jennifer Petrovich set the offense for the Lions with 36 assists, while senior Colleen Brennan chipped in with another 16. Defensively, first-year Kesi Neblett was strong at the net with seven blocks (two solo), and junior Molly Winger had a team-high 19 digs.
Scouting the Tigers
Last-place Princeton (6-12, 2-6 Ivy League) comes into the weekend on a five-match losing streak, having not won a match since defeating Columbia in a tightly-contested four-set affair.
Earlier this season, the Lions fell short of a comeback against the Tigers in Levien Gymnasium, registering set scores of 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, 16-25. Sophomore Lucy Tilton posted a career-high 16 kills to lead the way for Columbia, while Springer chipped in with another 11, but the Lions hit just .190 on the night. Princeton had four players post double-digit kills, led by Cara Mattaliano’s 17 kills. Tiana Woolridge posted 11 kills on a .667 hitting percentage to lead the Tigers to a .301 clip on the night.
Most recently, Princeton was downed in straight sets by Penn on the road. Nicole Kincade led the way for Princeton with 13 kills and a .429 hitting percentage, while Woolridge added nine kills and hit .444 overall.
Kendall Peterkin currently sits atop the Ivy League statistical standings with 3.46 kills per set and 4.02 points per set, not far ahead of Springer, who is averaging 3.42 kills and 3.73 points to rank second in the league.
Defensively, Sarah Daschbach holds a team-best 3.72 digs per set, while Kincade has just under one block per set, 0.98.
Scouting the Quakers
Penn (10-9, 4-4 Ivy League) reached the .500 in conference action and moved into third place with its 3-0 sweep over Princeton last weekend.
It was the second consecutive win for the Quakers, who are currently ranked second in the league in kills with 12.41 per set, paced by Kristen Etterbeek’s team-best average of 2.51.
Dani Shepherd leads Penn defensive unit with 5.50 digs per set, while Alexis Genske has 3.25 digs per set. Arielle Winfield has accumulated 50 total blocks (13 solo) on the year, averaging 0.82 per set.
Columbia opened its 2013 Ivy League home slate with a thrilling five-set comeback victory over Penn earlier this season in Levien Gym. The Lions won by scores of 22-25, 25-11, 20-25, 25-23, 15-7. Springer and Atlanta Moye-McLaren led the Columbia offense as the only players between both teams to post double-figure kills, posting 14 and 11, respectively.
Scouting the Lions
Columbia is currently 5-12 on the season, including a 3-5 Ivy League mark. With just three upperclassmen, the Lions are a young team, but their gutsy play and versatility are hard to match when battling it out on the court.
Killing It: A pair of sophomores has led the Columbia attack, paced by Springer’s team-high 3.42 kills per set, good for second in the Ivy League. Teammate Moye-McLaren is close behind, ranked third in the league with 3.10 per set. Earlier this season, Springer recorded back-to-back double-doubles against Binghamton and Seton Hall. She exploded with new career highs of 25 kills and 16 digs versus the Bearcats, and followed that performance with 22 kills and 12 digs in the Cavalier Classic against the Pirates. Moye-McLaren has been a double-double machine for the Lions, recording seven on the year. The outside hitter had one of her strongest matches of the season in Columbia’s win over Fordham, swinging at a .417 mark with 17 kills and 23 digs.
Block Party: The Lions are currently ranked second behind only Cornell in the Ivy League in blocks, averaging 2.17 per set. Jovicic, Neblett and senior Savannah Fletcher have been strong assets at the net for the Lions this season, each registering just shy of one block per set. Neblett has accumulated the most, tallying 62 blocks (16 solo) at 0.98 per set.
No Diggity: The Lions are currently ranked 63rd in the nation with 15.85 digs per set, led by a team-best 3.37 average by Moye-McLaren.
Jenny on the Block: First-year Jennifer Petrovich has been key in setting the Lions’ offense. She has racked up five double-doubles on the year and ranks fifth in the Ivy League with 7.59 assists per set.
The Lions will continue their road swing next weekend against Yale and Brown before finishing up the season with a pair of home matches. Columbia will battle it out at Yale on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., followed by a 5 p.m. match at Brown on Saturday, Nov. 9.