Final Road Swing on Tap for Volleyball This Weekend
NEW YORK – The Columbia volleyball team will wrap up the road portion of its schedule this weekend when the Lions take on Yale and Brown.
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Live stats will be available for both matches via yale.prestosports.com and brownbears.com. A live video stream will be broadcast through the Ivy League Digital Network by clicking the links above.
Fans can also follow live updates throughout both matches on Twitter @CUVB and @GoColumbiaLions.
Last Time Out
Columbia dropped both of its matches on the road last weekend. The Lions were edged by Princeton, 3-1 on Friday before falling in straight sets to Penn on Saturday night.
Sophomore Bailey Springer had a big weekend for the Lionsa, racking up 30 kills (4.29 k/set) and 20 digs with 32 pts.
Scouting the Bulldogs
First-place Yale had a 23-match Ivy League win streak come to a halt after falling to Harvard last weekend, 3-2. Kendall Poland recorded a season-high 60 assists, and Kelly Johnson added a team-high 19 kills as one of four Bulldogs to reach double figure on the night.
The Bulldogs’ winning streak marked the longest in Ivy League women's volleyball history and was the third longest active conference winning streak in the nation.
Earlier this season, the Bulldogs ran their former streak to 21 consecutive Ivy League wins by handing the Lions a 3-1 loss in Levien Gymnasium. Down 2-0 on the match, Columbia rallied for a comeback with a third set victory, but ultimately fell short by scores of 21-25, 12-25, 25-23, 16-25.
Springer led the Columbia attack with a double-double of 15 kills and 15 digs, while first-year Zoe Jacobs posted 12 kills on an impressive .417 hitting percentage.Yale had four hitters reach double-figure kills, led by the match-high performance of 20 kills on a .514 hitting percentage by Brittani Steinberg.
Scouting the Bears
Columbia will look for a season sweep of Brown (9-12, 5-5 Ivy League) after downing the Bears in straight sets earlier this season, 25-18, 25-17, 25-20. The Lions were led on the attack by Springer, who was the only player to post double-digit kills with 10 overall to go with a .333 hitting percentage. Jacobs also had a strong performance with eight kills, including the game-winner and final three kills of the third set.
Overall, Columbia outkilled Brown 35 to 26, and dominated defensively by outblocking the Bears by a 17 to 4 margin. Sophomore Katarina Jovicic led the Lions at the net with a six blocks (two solo).
Last weekend, Brown defeated Dartmouth by a 3-0 score on Saturday after dropping a 3-1 decision to Harvard to reach the .500 mark in conference action.
Maddie Lord leads the way for the Bears this season with a 2.60 kills/set average, while Kathryn Connor ranks fourth in the league with 3.59 digs/set.
Scouting the Lions
Columbia is currently 5-14 on the season, including a 3-7 Ivy League mark. With just three upperclassmen, the Lions are a young team, but their gutsy play and versatility are hard to match when battling it out on the court.
Killing It: A pair of sophomores lead the Columbia attack, paced by Springer’s league-best 3.51 kills per set, tied with Kendall Peterkin of Princeton. Teammate Moye-McLaren is close behind with 3.10 kills per set. Earlier this season, Springer recorded back-to-back double-doubles against Binghamton and Seton Hall. She exploded with new career highs of 25 kills and 16 digs versus the Bearcats, and followed that performance with 22 kills and 12 digs in the Cavalier Classic against the Pirates. Moye-McLaren has been a double-double machine for the Lions, recording six so far this year. The outside hitter had one of her strongest matches of the season in Columbia’s win over Fordham, swinging at a .417 mark with 17 kills and 23 digs.
Block Party: The Lions are currently ranked second the league in blocks, averaging 2.15 per set. Senior Savannah Fletcher and first-year Kesi Neblett have been strong assets defensively for the Lions this season, especially at the net. Neblett leads the way for Columbia with just under one block per set (0.99). Fletcher and Jovicic are close behind, making 0.94 and 0.93 blocks per set, respectively.
No Diggity: The Lions are currently ranked third in the Ivy League and 70th in the nation with 15.81 digs per set. Senior Molly Winger has tallied a team-high 3.40 digs per set average, marking the sixth highest in the conference this year.
Jenny on the Block: First-year Jennifer Petrovich has been key in setting the Lions’ offense. She has already racked up five double-doubles on the year and ranks fifth in the Ivy League with 7.41 assists per set.