Friday, SEPTEMBER 15  | 7:00 p.m.
Fordham (7-3)
ColumbiaColumbia
Columbia (3-3) 
VENUE Levien Gymnasium
LOCATION New York, N.Y.
MEDIA WATCHLIVE STATS
TWITTER HANDLES @CUVB
@GoColumbiaLions

SATURday, SEPTEMBER 16  | 6:00 p.m.
St. Francis (4-7)
St. Francis BrooklynColumbia
Columbia (3-3)   
VENUE Levien Gymnasium
LOCATION New York, N.Y.
MEDIA WATCHLIVE STATS
TWITTER HANDLES @CUVB
@GoColumbiaLions

  SUNday, SEPTEMBER 17  | 4:00 p.m.
Columbia (3-3)
ColumbiaLIU Brooklyn
LIU Brooklyn (4-6) 
VENUE Steinberg Wellness Center
LOCATION Brooklyn, N.Y.
MEDIA LIVE STATS
TWITTER HANDLES @CUVB
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NEW YORK The Columbia volleyball team opens the home season this weekend when it co-hosts The Big Apple Battle with LIU Brooklyn. Seven matches will be played over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday at either Levien Gymnasium and LIU's Steinberg Wellness Center. The Lions are slated for three of those matches, including their 2017 home opener on Friday night against Fordham at 7 p.m.

Fordham, Marist and St. Francis Brooklyn join Columbia and LIU Brooklyn for the three-day tournament. Competition begins Friday in Brooklyn at 3 p.m., when the Terriers face off against the Red Foxes. Columbia plays one match each day, hosting Fordham at Levien Gymnasium on Friday night and St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday night.  Sunday, the Lions head to Brooklyn to battle the Blackbirds in the tournament's final match with first serve slated for 4 p.m.

The complete tournament schedule is below. Columbia's home opener on Friday night and all three matches hosted at Levien Gymnasium throughout Saturday will be available on the Ivy League Network. Live stats will be available for all seven of the weekend's matches.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:

Friday

Away Team

Home Team

Time

Location

Media

Postgame

Marist

St. Francis Brooklyn

3:00 p.m.

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Live Stats

Box | Recap

Marist

LIU Brooklyn

6:30 p.m.

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Live Stats

Box | Recap

Fordham

Columbia

7 p.m.

Levien Gym

ILN  Live Stats

Box | Recap

Saturday

Away Team

Home Team

Time

Location

Media

Postgame

Fordham

St. Francis Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.

Levien Gym

ILN  Live Stats

Box | Recap

LIU Brooklyn

Fordham

4:00 p.m.

Levien Gym

ILN  Live Stats

Box | Recap

St. Francis Brooklyn

Columbia

6:00 p.m.

Levien Gym

ILN  Live Stats

Box | Recap

Sunday

Away Team

Home Team

Time

Location

Media

Postgame

Columbia

LIU Brooklyn

4:00 p.m.

Brooklyn, N.Y.

Live Stats

Box | Recap


COLUMBIA UPDATE
The Lions are coming off a 2-1 showing at last weekend's Art Carmichael Invitational, hosted by the University of Rhode Island. Columbia swept Marist (25-20, 25-18, 25-17), hitting over .400 in both the second and third sets to soundly put away the Red Foxes. Senior Anja Malesevic and junior Natasha Kosowicz led the offensive outburst with a team-high 12 kills apiece. The following day, the Lions came up short in three sets to Northeastern (16-25, 19-25, 23-25), but finished strong with a four-set victory over the host Rams (25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 25-20). Malesevic and first-year Jamie Dailey posted a match-high 16 kills apiece in the nightcap. The total tied Malesevic’s career mark and was also the most for Dailey through her first six collegiate matches. Junior Luciana Del Valle earned her second double-double of the season with 14 kills and 15 digs. Del Valle and Dailey were each named to the Art Carmichael Invitational All-Tournament Team.

ROOKIE SPOTLIGHT
First-year Jamie Dailey made headlines on Monday when she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the first time. The outside hitter posted a .386 hitting percentage across Saturday’s two matches at the Art Carmichael Invitational. She hit an impressive .474 with 11 kills and four blocks in the morning session against Northeastern. That evening, she turned in a season-high 16 kills while hitting .342 with three blocks in a four-set victory over Rhode Island. She averaged 4.36 points, 3.86 kills and exactly 1.00 block per set across her seven sets played.

ACING THE COMPETITION
Columbia ranks No. 3 nationally and is tops in the Ivy League in aces per set (2.09). Sophomore Grace Campbell leads the team with 10 total, ranking No. 18 nationally and atop the Ivy League with an average of 0.56 per set. Sophomores Kalie Wood and Kate Hefner each average 0.39 aces per set, which ranks them among the top-10 in the Ivy League and among the top-150 in the NCAA.

PICKING UP WHERE SHE LEFT OFF
Reigning Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year and First Team All-Ivy League selection Chichi Ikwuazom ranks No. 44 nationally and No. 2 in the Ivy League in hitting percentage at .395. Last season, as a rookie, Ikwuazom hit .427 to finish the season No. 4 in the NCAA. Her highest hitting percentage so far this season came against Georgetown, knocking down six kills on nine attempts with no errors (.667).

TEAM LEADERS
Total KillsLuciana Del Valle (61, 2.90/set)
Hitting Pct.Chichi Ikwuazom (.395)
AssistsGrace Campbell (147, 8.17/set)
DigsKalie Wood (84, 3.65/set)
AcesGrace Campbell (10, 0.56/set)
Total BlocksChichi Ikwuazom (16, 0.76/set) & Kaitlin Schultz (16, 0.70/set)
Total PointsLuciana Del Valle (68.0, 3.24/set)

SCOUTING THE FIELD:

Marist (3-6)
The Red Foxes joined Columbia at last weekend's Art Carmichael Invitational, where they lost all three of their matches to Northeastern, URI and the Lions. Columbia and Marist will not play each other in this weekend's tournament, with the Red Foxes heading to Brooklyn on Friday for matches against St. Francis and LIU.

Stat Leaders:
- Kills: Nikki DeSerpa (96, 3.00/set)
- Assists: Taylor van der Biezen (274, 8.06/set)
- Digs: Katie Brierley (97, 3.46/set)
- Aces: Taylor van der Biezen (11, 0.32/set)
- Blocks: Stephanie Stone (30, 0.97/set)

Fordham (7-3)
The Rams started the season 4-0 with a three-match sweep at the New Orleans Invitational and a road victory over Manhattan. A win at last weekend's Grand Canyon University Tournament improved Fordham to 7-1, marking their best start in program history. However, the Rams ended the weekend with back-to-back losses against Idaho and Gonzaga.

Series: Columbia leads 8-4

Stat Leaders:
- Kills: Olivia Fairchild (143, 3.97/set)
- Assists: Maddy Walsh (198, 6.60/set)
- Digs: Morgan Williams (161, 4.47/set)
- Aces: McKenna Lahr (20, 0.74/set)
- Blocks: Olivia Fairchild & NIcold Freeley (20, 0.56/set)

St. Francis Brooklyn (4-7)
The Terriers spent last weekend at Providence's tournament, where they fell in three sets to both Rider and the host Friars before coming away with a five-set victory over Holy Cross. St. Francis made it two wins in a row with a midweek sweep of St. Peter's.

Series: Columbia leads 11-0

Stat Leaders:
- Kills: Aleksandra Gliforic (113, 3.53/set)
- Assists: Gabriella Nobrega (172, 5.21/set)
- Digs: Angie Speweik (94, 3.24/set)
- Aces: Nina Tiedt (9, 0.27/set)
- Blocks: Taris Pittman (36, 1.09/set)

LIU Brooklyn (4-6)
The Blackbirds began the year 3-0 by winning their first three matches at Georgia's Benson Invitational. However, they enter this weekend off four straight losses, but all against opponents from the power conferences. They dropped all nine sets to UNC, LSU and NC State at last weekend's Tar Heel Classic. Prior to that, they closed the George Washington Invitational with a four-set loss against Indiana. LIU's last victory came September 2 over GWU.

Series: LIU Brooklyn leads 6-5

Stat Leaders:
- Kills: Viktoria Fink (90, 3.00/set)
- Assists: Piper Matsumoto (196, 5.76/set)
- Digs: Natalie Rivera (195, 5.27/set)
- Aces: Filippa Hansson (13, 0.35/set)
- Blocks: Julia Azevedo (31, 0.94/set)