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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

Volleyball to Host Yale for Dig Pink Match, Brown, in Crucial Ivy League Weekend

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 10/27/2011
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NEW YORK - The Columbia volleyball team will host two tough Ivy League opponents this weekend, starting with Ivy League-leading Yale, Friday, October 28 at 7 p.m., and then Brown, Saturday, October 29 at 5 p.m.

Columbia Hosts Yale for the Inaugural DIG PINK Night 

Join Columbia Volleyball in the fight against breast cancer, on Friday, October 28 at 7 PM in Levien Gymnasium, as part of the Side-Out Foundation’s nationwide Dig Pink Rally. Dig Pink Night is going to be a special event with the support of our fans. Together we can make a difference!

All fans are encouraged to wear pink to support the cause. Donations will be collected at the door. All proceeds will go to the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Columbia University Medical Center. 

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer found in women. Both men and women suffer from breast cancer, but women are 100 times more likely to be diagnosed. The National Breast Cancer Coalition, the nation’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization, recently set a deadline for the end of breast cancer: January 1, 2020. Information was provided by the Side-Out Foundation’s website. 

Admission is free for all. First 100 fans will receive a free pink t-shirt! 

Follow the Action - LIVE!

There are three different ways to support your Lions from afar this weekend - live statistics, live video and the live blog! Links for all three below.

Live Stats
Live Video

Live Blog vs. Yale
Live Blog vs. Brown

Last Time Out 

Columbia volleyball bounced back from a loss to Harvard last weekend in style, as the Lions beat Cornell soundly in Levien Gym Friday night, beating the Big Red 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-14). With the win, the Lions are now 12-6 overall and 6-2 in the Ivy League. 

Junior Heather Braunagel led the Lions, as she had 15 kills, hitting an outstanding .478. She also had a dig and two blocks in the win. Junior Megan Gaughn had yet another double-double, as she finished with 12 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Madeline Rumer had seven kills and 10 digs, while first-year Caitlin Brenton hit .250 on the way to eight kills and three blocks. Sophomore Savannah Fletcher had six kills (hitting .600), along with a team-high four blocks, including one solo. Sophomore setter Colleen Brennan also had a double-double, with 44 assists and 11 digs in the win, while sophomore Charlee Dyroff led the defense with 24 digs.

Ivy League Standings

1. Yale (7-1 Ivy League, 17-5 overall)
    Princeton (7-1 Ivy League, 14-6 overall)
3. Columbia (6-2 Ivy League, 12-6 overall)
4. Dartmouth (4-4 Ivy League, 12-7 overall)
5. Harvard (3-5 Ivy League, 10-8 overall)
6. Penn (2-6 Ivy League, 6-12 overall)
    Brown (2-6 Ivy League, 6-13 overall)
8. Cornell (1-7 Ivy League, 4-16 overall)

Scouting the Bulldogs

Yale leads the Ivy League at 7-1, tied with Princeton for first place. The Bulldogs have one loss this season, to the Tigers, and other than a 3-2 win over the Lions, have not lost a set in Ivy League play. The Bulldogs will be bringing a lot of firepower to the table, but Columbia will be looking to avenge a tough loss in New Haven from earlier in the season. Columbia led 8-6 in the deciding set, before Yale used a home court advantage to rally back and take the win, 15-11 in the fifth.

On defense, Yale enters the week ranked 11th in the country in digs per set (17.86). The Bulldogs have reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week in Molly Rogers, along with some of the top individual players in the league. As a team, the Bulldogs lead the league in hitting percentage (.240), assists (12.62 avg/s), and kills (13.57 avg/s). Sophomore setter Kendall Polan leads the league in assists, with a 10.55 assists per set average.

Scouting the Bears

The Bears are struggling to stay afloat in the Ivy League, as they have lost two in a row, 3-0 to Princeton and Yale. Both of Brown's Ivy League wins have been five set thrillers against Cornell and Penn. Last time Columbia and Brown faced off in Providence, the Bears came out swinging, taking the first set from the Lions, 25-23, before Columbia was able to rally back and take the 3-1 win. 

Sophomore outside hitter Thea Derrough led the Bears against the Lions with 17 kills.

Up Next

Columbia will host a final pair of Ivy League opponents to close out the home season, as the Lions will take on Harvard, Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m., before hosting Dartmouth, Saturday, November 5 at 5 p.m. 

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