Volleyball Looks to Roll vs. Brown, Yale
NEW YORK - Columbia volleyball looks to continue its winning streak as the Lions host a pair of Ivy League contests vs. Brown and Yale this weekend at Levien Gymnasium. The Lions will first face Brown at 7 p.m. on Friday, followed by a 5 p.m. match vs. Yale on Saturday.
Coming off a 3-0 Ivy League opening victory over Cornell last week, Columbia (6-4, 1-0 Ivy League) has won four straight matches to remain undefeated on the Lions' home court.
Leading the way for the Lions is junior Heather Braunagel, who currently ranks 12th in the nation and first in the league in hitting percentage at .433, while junior middle blocker Savannah Fletcher sits 16th in the nation in blocks per set at 1.46 and second in the league with a .421 hitting percentage.
Defending Ivy League champions Yale (5-5, 1-0 Ivy League) defeated Brown (3-7, 0-1 Ivy League) last weekend by a 3-1 score in the conference opener. The Bulldogs won the first two sets, but Brown pushed the second to a 26-all tie before Yale pulled away. The Bears then won the third before falling in the final fourth set that once again went past the 25-all mark.
Yale, which also defeated Albany 3-0 last week, is led by the reigning two-time Ivy League Player of the Week, junior setter Kendall Polan. Polan posted back-to-back triple-doubles vs. Albany and Brown. Against Albany, Polan tallied 28 assists, while hitting .667 with 10 kills and 13 digs. In the Ivy opener at Brown, Polan recorded 20 digs, 10 kills and 31 assists.
Brown is led by Maddie Lord (3.38 kills/set), Alexandra Rieckhoff (8.01 assists/set) and Annika Gliottone (5.05 digs/set).
Last season, Columbia dropped two matches to Yale, including a 3-2 heartbreaker despite an early rally by Lions to come back from a 2-0 deficit.
Columbia topped Brown in both contests last season by scores of 3-1 and 3-0.
Live video broadcast will be available for Friday's 7 p.m. match, while live stats will be available for both contests. Admission is free at Levien Gymnasium for volleyball matches.