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Senior Heather Braunagel
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Volleyball Hits the Road for Rematch with Cornell

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 10/18/2012
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NEW YORK - Columbia volleyball hits the road for its final road stretch of the season this weekend as the Lions rematch with Cornell on Friday at 2 p.m. in Ithaca.

Despite Cornell (6-12, 2-5 Ivy League) holding a 46-9 all-time record over the Lions, Columbia (8-8, 3-4 Ivy League) has won the last three matches.

Last Meeting: The Lions opened Ivy League action with a 3-0 sweep over Cornell earlier this season on their home court. Columbia defeated the Big Red by scores of 25-19, 25-15, 25. Denise Dearman paced Columbia's offense with eight kills while committing only one error for a .636 hitting percentage. Heather Braunagel was also a key factor for the Lions with seven kills and a .667 hitting percentage.

Molly Winger the Lions with 12 digs, while Katarina Jovicic had five blocks on the day.

Lion's Leaders: Senior Megan Gaughn currently leads the Lions with a well-balanced 2.31 kills/set and 2.37 digs/set this season. With 1,154 career kills and 989 career digs, Gaughn sits just 11 digs shy of becoming the first Columbia volleyball player ever to reach the 1,000 kill/1,000 dig mark.

Heather Braunagel has also been strong for Columbia this season, as the senior ranks first in the Ivy Leaugue and 22nd in the nation with a .394 hitting percentage. She also leads the defensive unit for the Lions with 1.23 blocks/set.

Molly Winger currently leads the Lions with 3.84 digs/set, while Colleen Brennan is the leading setter with 6.31 assists/set.

Scouting Cornell: Leading the way for Cornell is Kelly Marble with 2.91 kills/set, while Rachel D'Epagnier is hitting .308 on the season and is the top blocker with 1.09 blocks/set  for the Big Red. Kelly Reinke leads in setting with 9.27 assists/set. The dig leader for Cornell is Sierra Young, who has recorded 2.59 digs/set.

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