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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Volleyball Returns Home to Host Dartmouth, Harvard

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 10/11/2012
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NEW YORK - Columbia volleyball returns to Levien Gym to host a pair of Ivy League matches this weekend against Dartmouth on October 12 at 7 p.m. followed by a special GO PINK Night to support the fight against breast cancer vs. Harvard on October 13 at 5 p.m.

The Lions (7-7, 2-3 Ivy League) hold a 5-1 record on their home court and will look to snap a three-game losing streak after falling to Princeton, 3-1, and Penn, 3-0, on the road last weekend. 

As a team, Columbia currently leads the entire Northeast region and ranks 18th in the nation in blocks, averaging 2.86/set. Heather Braunagel holds the top spot in Ivy League blocking, averaging 1.33/set, while teammate Savannah Fletcher checks in third in the league with 1.21 blocks/set.

Also an undeniable offensive force for the Lions, Braunagel leads the Ivy League with a .379 hitting percentage, recording 63 kills while committing just 10 errors on the season.

Senior Megan Gaughn, another offensive impact player for Columbia, knocked down her 100th kill of the season last weekend and leads the Lions with 2.22 kills/set.

Live video and live stats will be available for both contests this weekend.

Lions vs. Big Green

Dartmouth (2-13, 1-4 Ivy League) lost its fifth straight match last Saturday, falling to Brown in straight sets at Leede Arena.

Although the Big Green hold a 15-9 all-time record over the Lions, Columbia was victorious in the last four meetings, including two come-from-behind, 3-2, wins last season.

Leading the way for Dartmouth is Alex Schoenberger with 2.79 kills/set, Kayden Cook with a .304 hitting percentage and Elisa Scudder with 1.05 blocks/set.

Lions vs. The Crimson

Harvard (5-11, 2-3) downed Brown 3-0 last weekend before dropping a 3-0 decision to Yale.

The Crimson leads the all-time series with Columbia, 35-12, but has split the season series each of the last two years.

Offensively, Taylor Docter leads Harvard with 2.93 kills/set, while Erin Cooney is hitting a team-best .259. Caroline Holte heads the defensive unit with .97 blocks/set.

GO PINK Night

Join Columbia volleyball in the fight against breast cancer on GO PINK Night, Saturday, October 13 at 5 p.m. when the Lions take on the Harvard Crimson. All donations will benefit the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center. Admission to the match is free.

All fans will receive a Dig Pink bracelet and one lucky fan will receive an iPod Nano. In addition, Fairway Market will be donating $1 to breast cancer research for every fan that attends the match.

After the match, there will be a youth clinic and autograph session with the team. For more information, please contact Lauren Mangurian (lm2940@columbia.edu).

Wear your pink and support the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center!

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