NEW YORK – The Columbia volleyball team will make one final appearance in Levien Gymnasium this season, for a mid-week non-league matchup, as the Lions host Sacred Heart, Tuesday, November 8 at 7 p.m.
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Last Time Out
Columbia is coming off of two big Ivy League wins last weekend. Columbia beat Harvard 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-20), in a night saw a total team effort by the Lions, as nine different team members contributed kills, and 11 players had digs on defense. And Saturday, the Lions rallied back from a 2-1 deficit to beat Dartmouth, 3-2, after celebrating the members of the senior class. Columbia won 25-17, 15-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-10 to improve to 15-7 overall, 9-3 in the Ivy League.
Celebrating the Seniors
This past weekend, the Columbia volleyball team honored their three seniors: Cindy Chen
, Nicole Goldhaber
and Monique Roberts
. All three have been with the team for all four years, and the team celebrated their Columbia careers before the game Saturday.
Going, Going GAUGHN!
Junior co-captain Megan Gaughn
notched her 1,000th career kill in Columbia’s win over Dartmouth Saturday night. She now sits third all-time for career kills, behind Amalia Viti (1,256) and Kathy Lavold (1,158).
Ivy League Standings
1. Yale (11-1 Ivy League, 17-5 overall)
2. Columbia (9-3 Ivy League, 15-7 overall)
Princeton (9-3 Ivy League, 16-8 overall)
4. Dartmouth (6-6 Ivy League, 14-9 overall)
5. Harvard (4-8 Ivy League, 11-11 overall)
Penn (4-8 Ivy League, 8-14 overall)
7. Cornell (3-9 Ivy League, 6-18 overall)
8. Brown (2-10 Ivy League, 6-17 overall)
Scouting the Pioneers
Sacred Heart comes into Levien Gymnasium on quite a roll. The Pioneers are 22-7 overall, 12-2 in the Northeast Conference, and riding a four match winning streak. Most recently, Sacred Heart won an emotional game at home on Senior Night, over NEC rival Long Island, 3-2. The win put the Pioneers in a tie for first place, heading into the last weekend of league play.
This year, the Pioneers had faced and beaten two Ivy League teams: Sacred Heart beat Brown, 3-0, and league-leader Yale, 3-1 in September. Last year, Sacred Heart handed Columbia a 3-1 loss on the road, beating the Lions 25-19, 21-25, 25-15, 25-18.
Columbia’s final weekend will be an important one, as the Lions hit the road to take on Penn and Princeton, Friday, November 11 at 7 pm and Saturday, November 12 at 5 p.m. The Lions need to beat both teams on the road, and need Yale to lose to both Harvard and Dartmouth to clinch a share of the Ivy League Championship title.