NEW YORK - The Columbia volleyball team is gearing up to host one last slate of Ivy League matches for the 2011 season, as Harvard will come to Levien Gymnasium for a match Friday, November 4 at 7 p.m., and Dartmouth will come to play, Saturday November 5 at 5 p.m.
Follow the Action - LIVE
Can't make it to New York City this weekend? There are several ways to support your Lions from afar. Each match will be streamed live on video, live statistics will be provided, and the interactive live blog will be back! Links for all are below.
Celebrating the Seniors
This weekend, the Columbia volleyball team will honor their three seniors: Cindy Chen, Nicole Goldhaber and Monique Roberts. All three have been with the team for all four years. and the team will celebrate their Columbia careers before the game Saturday.
Last Time Out
Columbia volleyball fell to Yale in a tough match on Dig Pink Night Friday, as the Bulldogs won 3-1 (25-23, 25-19, 25-13) in front of a crowd of over 600 supporters. The Lions rebounded to beat Brown Saturday night, 3-0. Columbia beat the Bears 25-15, 25-17, 25-23 to improve to 13-7 overall and 7-3 in the Ivy League.
Ivy League Standings
1. Yale (9-1 Ivy League, 15-5 overall)
2. Princeton (8-2 Ivy League, 15-7 overall)
3. Columbia (7-3 Ivy League, 13-7 overall)
4. Dartmouth (5-5 Ivy League, 13-8 overall)
5. Harvard (4-6 Ivy League, 11-9
6. Penn (3-7 Ivy League, 7-13 overall)
7. Brown (2-8 Ivy League, 6-15 overall)
Cornell (2-7 Ivy League,5-17 overall)
Scouting the Crimson
While Harvard has struggled overall in the Ivy League, the Crimson has managed to pull off some big wins when it mattered, including a 3-0 win over Columbia at home earlier this year. Harvard is third in the league in blocking, behind Columbia and Princeotn with a 2.12 blocks per set average. Harvard's libero, senior Christine Wu is second in the league with a 5.49 digs per set average.
Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth has played spoiler for many of the top teams in the Ivy League this year, as the Big Green beat Princeton last weekend, 3-1, and has also felled Harvard, Penn, Brown and Cornell, moving up in the standings each week. Dartmouth nearly beat the Lions earlier this year, as Columbia won on the road, 3-2.
The Lions will host one non-league match midweek before heading on the road to close out the season. Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m., the Lions will host Sacred Heart, in a last tuneup beofre the final league weekend. November 11 and 12, Columbia will head south to Penn and Princeton, to finish up the year.