NEW YORK - The Columbia volleyball team will wrap up the 2012 season on its home court this weekend with a pair of Ivy League matches vs. Penn and Princeton.
Riding a three-match winning streak, Columbia (12-9, 7-5 Ivy League) will take on Penn on Friday at 7 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. match against Princeton on Saturday for Senior Night.
On Saturday, the Columbia volleyball team will honor its three seniors, Megan Gaughn, Heather Braunagel and Kelsey Musselman, who have each been a member of the team for all four years.
Gaughn recorded her second match of 20-plus kills in as many weeks with 20 against Harvard last weekend. She now sits 16 kills away tying the all-time career kills record of 1,256, set by Amalia Viti from 2005-08. Earlier this season, Gaughn became the first Columbia volleyball player to join the 1,000 kill, 1,000 dig club.
Braunagel currently ranks fifth all-time for Columbia with 198 career blocks. She is leading the Lions and ranks second in the Ivy League this season with 1.17 blocks/set.
One of Columbia's top setters, Musselman ranks third for the Lions this year with 5.33 assists/set and averages a career total of 6.64 assists/set.
Ivy League Standings
1. Yale (12-0 Ivy League, 16-5 overall)*
2. Princeton (9-3 Ivy League, 12-10 overall)
3. Penn (8-4 Ivy League, 13-10 overall)
4. Columbia (7-5 Ivy League, 12-9 overall)
5. Harvard (6-6 Ivy League, 9-15 overall)
6. Cornell (3-9 Ivy League, 7-16 overall)
7. Brown (2-10 Ivy League, 6-16 overall)
8. Dartmouth (1-11 Ivy League, 2-20 overall)
*Clinched Ivy League title
Penn dominates the Ivy League defensively, boasting the nation's leader in digs, Dani Shepherd, who is averaging 6.57 per set, and the league's top blocker, Susan Stuecheli, who is averaging 1.26 blocks/set. Ronnie Bither leads the Quakers with 7.72 assists/set, while Emma White leads the offense with 2.83 kills/set.
Offensively, Lydia Rudnick leads the Quakers and Ivy League with 4.24 kills/set, while Ginny Willis is the league's top setter posting 10.73 assists/set. On the defensive end, Sarah Daschbach averages a team-best 4.25 digs/set, and Nicole Kinade is posting 1.05 blocks/set.
Lions and Fun!
Friday night is Faculty/Staff Appreciation Night. Columbia and Barnard Faculty and Staff who attend the match will receive a Columbia volleyball t-shirt. The first 300 fans will receive sunglasses!