NEW YORK – The Columbia women’s volleyball team will return home to Levien Gymnasium this week after a tough road trip. The Lions will be hosting Ivy League rival and travel partner Cornell, Saturday, October 22 at 5 p.m.
Last Time Out
Columbia split their last weekend of Ivy League play on the road. The Lions rallied back from a2-0 deficit to beat Dartmouth, 3-2 on Friday, before falling to Harvard 3-0 in Cambridge on Saturday. With the split, the Lions are now 11-6 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League.
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Leading the Lions
Columbia has proved to be one of the best teams in the league in two categories: hitting percentage and blocking. The Lions have four players ranked in the 10 ten in the Ivy League in hitting percentage (Savannah Fletcher - .347, Madeline Rumer - .330, Heather Braunagel - .309 and Monique Roberts - .292), and Megan Gaughn is sixth in the league in kills per set, at 3.35. The Lions also dominate the league in blocking, as Columbia is the top team in the Ivy League with a 2.51 blocks per set average, and has three of the top five blockers. Savannah Fletcher leads the league with a 1.33 blocks per set average, Roberts is third with a 1.07 blocks per set average, while Braunagel is fourth, with a 1.06 blocks per set average.
Scouting the Big Red
Cornell (1-6 Ivy League, 4-15 overall) is coming off a big win last weekend, as the Big Red notched their first Ivy League win of the season on the road, beating Harvard in Cambridge, 3-1.
All-time, Cornell holds the advantage over Columbia, with a 46-7 record. But two of those seven have come in the last two years, as the two teams split the series last year, and Columbia beat the Big Red in Ithaca earlier this year. Madeleine Przybyl led Cornell in the last match-up with a 16-kill, 14-dig performance, while three other members of the team had double digit kills.
Ivy League Standings
1. Yale (6-1 Ivy League, 12-5 overall)
Princeton (6-1 Ivy League, 13-6 overall)
3. Columbia (5-2 Ivy League, 11-6 overall)
4. Dartmouth (3-4 Ivy League, 11-7 overall)
Harvard (3-4 Ivy League, 10-7 overall)
6. Penn (2-5 Ivy League, 6-11 overall)
Brown (2-5 Ivy League, 6-12 overall)
8. Cornell (1-6 Ivy League, 4-15 overall)
The Lions host a big weekend with Ivy League championship implications. Friday, October 28, first-place Yale comes to Levien Gymnasium for a 7 p.m. match, followed by Brown at 5 p.m., Saturday, October 29.