PRINCETON N.J. - The Lions left in all on the court Friday night
in Dillon Gym against Princeton, battling to a 34-32 first set victory before
ultimately falling 3-1 to the Tigers. The Lions dropped the final three sets by
scores 19-25, 22-25, 19-25.
Columbia (7-6, 2-2 Ivy League), which lost its second
straight match, had two players rack up double-doubles for the first time this
season. First-year Atlanta Moye-McLaren recorded 13 kills and 15 digs, while
senior Megan Gaughn posted 10 kills and 16 digs.
Princeton improved to 7-7 on the season and remained a
perfect 4-0 in Ivy League play. The Tigers also had two players in double
figures, led by Lydia Rudnick with a game-high 19 kills and 13 digs. Kendall
Peterkin recorded 18 kills and 13 digs on the night.
A slew of errors plagued the Lions in the first five points
of the match, rendering Columbia scoreless, 5-0. A kill by Gaughn got the Lions
on the board, and after Princeton responded with a kill of its own from
Rudnick, Columbia surged with four answered points to bring the score within
An attack error by Moye-McLaren widened the gap, but the
first-year recovered quickly with a kill followed by a service ace by junior
Colleen Brennan to tie the score, 7-7. Shortly after, Columbia used an 8-2 run highlighted
by three kills from Gaughn and two by Heather Braunagel to take a 17-13
Princeton scored the next five points of the match to regain
its lead, 18-17. From there, a fight broke loose between the Lions and Tigers,
as the score was knotted 14 more times, pushing the set to extra points as a
victor remained undecided. After the set was tied 32-32, Kirsten Watson cranked
a kill and Princeton delivered a bad set to give the Lions a tough, but
well-earned first set victory.
Each team would score in the second set before Princeton
took off, building up as much as a five-point lead to make it 13-8. Three
straight points from Columbia brought the Lions with two points, but the Tigers
held on. A kill by Denise Dearman made it a one-point game at 18-17, but the
Lions would not be able to take the lead and evened the series as they dropped
The third set would be a back-and-forth one, and with
Columbia down, the Lions went on a 3-0 run to take a 21-20 lead. Princeton
fired back a 4-0 run to ultimately win the set, 25-22.
The fourth set also started out back-and-forth early on, but
after a 5-5 tie, the Tigers scored four unanswered points to go ahead. The
Lions used an 8-2 surge to bring the score within one at 17-16. Princeton
answered with six consecutive points to up its lead to 23-16, needing only two
points to walk away with the victory. The Lions fought by scoring the next
three points, but Prince ultimately would win the set and in turn, the match.
The Lions will look to bounce back vs. Penn at the Palestra
on Saturday, October 6 at 5 p.m.
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