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.