PRINCETON N.J. - The Lions left in all on the court Friday night in Dillon Gym against Princeton, battling to a 34-32 first set victory before ultimately falling 3-1 to the Tigers. The Lions dropped the final three sets by scores 19-25, 22-25, 19-25.
Columbia (7-6, 2-2 Ivy League), which lost its second straight match, had two players rack up double-doubles for the first time this season. First-year Atlanta Moye-McLaren recorded 13 kills and 15 digs, while senior Megan Gaughn posted 10 kills and 16 digs.
Princeton improved to 7-7 on the season and remained a perfect 4-0 in Ivy League play. The Tigers also had two players in double figures, led by Lydia Rudnick with a game-high 19 kills and 13 digs. Kendall Peterkin recorded 18 kills and 13 digs on the night.
A slew of errors plagued the Lions in the first five points of the match, rendering Columbia scoreless, 5-0. A kill by Gaughn got the Lions on the board, and after Princeton responded with a kill of its own from Rudnick, Columbia surged with four answered points to bring the score within one, 6-5.
An attack error by Moye-McLaren widened the gap, but the first-year recovered quickly with a kill followed by a service ace by junior Colleen Brennan to tie the score, 7-7. Shortly after, Columbia used an 8-2 run highlighted by three kills from Gaughn and two by Heather Braunagel to take a 17-13 advantage.
Princeton scored the next five points of the match to regain its lead, 18-17. From there, a fight broke loose between the Lions and Tigers, as the score was knotted 14 more times, pushing the set to extra points as a victor remained undecided. After the set was tied 32-32, Kirsten Watson cranked a kill and Princeton delivered a bad set to give the Lions a tough, but well-earned first set victory.
Each team would score in the second set before Princeton took off, building up as much as a five-point lead to make it 13-8. Three straight points from Columbia brought the Lions with two points, but the Tigers held on. A kill by Denise Dearman made it a one-point game at 18-17, but the Lions would not be able to take the lead and evened the series as they dropped set two.
The third set would be a back-and-forth one, and with Columbia down, the Lions went on a 3-0 run to take a 21-20 lead. Princeton fired back a 4-0 run to ultimately win the set, 25-22.
The fourth set also started out back-and-forth early on, but after a 5-5 tie, the Tigers scored four unanswered points to go ahead. The Lions used an 8-2 surge to bring the score within one at 17-16. Princeton answered with six consecutive points to up its lead to 23-16, needing only two points to walk away with the victory. The Lions fought by scoring the next three points, but Prince ultimately would win the set and in turn, the match.
The Lions will look to bounce back vs. Penn at the Palestra on Saturday, October 6 at 5 p.m.