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NEW YORK - The Columbia volleyball team will look to win its fourth straight match as the Lions open Ivy League action vs. Cornell at Levien Gymnasium on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Columbia (5-4), a perfect 3-0 on its home court, opened the 2012 home season by hosting and winning the Columbia Invitational last weekend with victories over Colgate, Rhode Island and Hofstra.

Leading the way for the Lions this season is Megan Gaughn who has recorded 60 kills (2.14 kills/set), Molly Winger with 121 digs (4.03 digs/set) and Savannah Fletcher, who currently ranks 19th in the nation with 1.43 blocks per set.

The Lions boast the reigning Ivy League Player and Co-Rookie of the Week in first-year Atlanta Moye-McLaren, who was named Most Valuable Player in the Columbia Invitational after recording first career double-doubles that included identical 10-kill, 13-dig performances in wins over Hofstra and Rhode Island. She also narrowly missed a double-double in Columbia's victory over Colgate, as she recorded nine kills and a career-high 16 digs. The outside hitter currently leads the Lions with nine service aces on the season and ranks second with 59 kills.

Cornell (2-7) participated in the Temple Tournament last weekend and walked away with a 3-1 victory over Central Connecticut State before dropping a 3-0 decision to Temple. The Big Red are currently 0-3 on the road.

Breanna Wong leads Cornell with 90 kills (2.65 per set), while Kelly Reinke leads with 82 digs and 15 service aces.

Saturday's match marks the 55th meeting between Ivy League partners and New York rivals Columbia and Cornell. Although the Big Red holds a 46-8 advantage over the Lions in the all-time series, Columbia won both contests a season ago and will look to continue its winning streak this weekend.


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