NEW YORK - The Columbia volleyball team improved to 14-7 overall and 8-3 in the Ivy League with a 3-0 win over Harvard. The Lions won 25-19, 25-22, 25-20. The night saw a total team effort by the Lions, as nine different team members contributed kills, and 11 players had digs on defense.
The first set was the most dominating one of the match, as Columbia opened up on a tear, going up 4-1 on Harvard with two kills from Madeline Rumer, a block from Rumer and first-year Caitlin Brenton, and a service ace from junior Megan Gaughn. From there, Columbia managed to stay ahead of the Crimson, going up 14-6 and staying there. The Lions’ widest lead of the night came as a kill from Cindy Chen and then one by Gaughn made it 20-9 Lions. Harvard would manage to score nine more points under the gun to close the lead to 24-19, but a Crimson serve went wide, ending the first set 25-19 in favor of the Lions.
Set two was a closer battle, as the two teams stayed close throughout. Harvard took its first lead of the day, going up 9-6, before Columbia rallied back to tie it up at 9. From there, the two teams stayed locked together. It wasn’t until the score was tied at 22 that Columbia managed to pull out the win. A kill from Megan Gaughn made it 23-22, and another kill from Gaughn, off a pass from Charlee Dyroff, made it 24-22, set point for the Lions. Again, Harvard did its part to help, as the Crimson hit the ball into the net, ending the second set 25-22.
With the 2-0 lead, the Lions rolled into the third set comfortable on their home court. The lions went up 4-2, and didn’t let the Crimson much closer for the rest of the night. The Lions went up 12-5 on a kill from sophomore Colleen Brennan, and kept the lead wide, going up 18-11 later on with a kill from Cindy Chen. From there, the Lions used a kill from first-year Michelle Snyder to end it, 25-20, taking the 3-0 win overall.
Junior Megan Gaughn led the Lions with 11 kills, but she was not alone on the attack, as eight of her teammates notched kills in the win, including Madeline Rumer (8 kills), Cindy Chen (8), Caitlin Brenton (7), Monique Roberts (6), Heather Braunagel (2), Savannah Fletcher (2), Michelle Snyder (1) and Colleen Brennan (1). Brennan was the general of the match, as she had a team-high 38 assists in the win. She also added eight digs and three service aces. Rumer added two service aces, while both Chen and Gaughn had one apiece. Defense was also a team effort. Sophomore Charlee Dyroff led the squad with 25 digs, and first-year Molly Winger had 13 digs, but the Lions also had contributions from Gaughn (10 digs), Chen (9), Brennan (8), Brenton (3), Rumer (2) and Roberts and Fletcher, who each added one.
Up next for the Lions is Brown, Saturday, November 5 at 5 p.m. in Levien Gymnasium. The match is the last Ivy League home match of the year, and the Lions will honor their three seniors, Cindy Chen, Nicole Goldhaber and Monique Roberts.