Volleyball Preps for Penn, Princeton
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

NEW YORK - The Columbia volleyball team is hitting the road for the last time in 2010, as the Lions will head south to take on Ivy League rivals Penn (Friday at 7 p.m.), and Princeton (Saturday at 4 p.m.) before returning home to close out the season.

Last Time Out
The Lions are looking to bounce back from a tough 3-1 loss to Sacred Heart, in a non-league matchup that came in the middle of the week. Columbia struggled to hit against the Pioneers, and the Lions will have to rectify that against two of the top teams in the league.

Scouting the Tigers and the Quakers
Penn and Princeton are currently holding a share of second place in the Ivy League. Both are 7-2, and both suffered losses to first-place Yale (8-2) last weekend. But Penn and Princeton are one game behind the rest of the league, as they have yet to play each other for the second time. Overall, Princeton is 12-8, while Penn is 11-10, and the two teams both had different results against the Lions.

In a thriller in Levien Gymnasium, the Lions beat Princeton 3-2 the last time the two teams faced off, and the next night, Columbia took on Penn, falling to the Quakers, 3-1. Both matches this time out could be anyone's to win and Columbia will be looking to do just that.

Up Next
After their last weekend on the road, Columbia will return home to Levien, for their last weekend of the season. The Lions will host league-leading Yale and Brown, Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14. Saturday is Senior Night, and Columbia will honor its lone senior and co-captain, Martina Kajanova, for her four year career on the volleyball team.