NEW YORK - Columbia volleyball hits the road for its final
road stretch of the season this weekend as the Lions rematch with Cornell on
Friday at 2 p.m. in Ithaca.
Despite Cornell (6-12,
2-5 Ivy League) holding a 46-9 all-time record over the Lions, Columbia (8-8,
3-4 Ivy League) has won the last three matches.
Last Meeting: The Lions opened Ivy
League action with a 3-0 sweep over Cornell earlier this season on their home
court. Columbia defeated the Big Red by scores of 25-19, 25-15, 25. Denise
Dearman paced Columbia's offense with eight kills while committing only one
error for a .636 hitting percentage. Heather Braunagel was also a key factor
for the Lions with seven kills and a .667 hitting percentage.
Molly Winger the Lions with 12 digs, while Katarina Jovicic had
five blocks on the day.
Lion's Leaders: Senior Megan Gaughn currently leads the
Lions with a well-balanced 2.31 kills/set and 2.37 digs/set this season. With
1,154 career kills and 989 career digs, Gaughn sits just 11 digs shy of
becoming the first Columbia volleyball player ever to reach the 1,000 kill/1,000
Heather Braunagel has also been strong for Columbia this
season, as the senior ranks first in the Ivy Leaugue and 22nd in the
nation with a .394 hitting percentage. She also leads the defensive unit for
the Lions with 1.23 blocks/set.
Molly Winger currently leads the Lions with 3.84 digs/set,
while Colleen Brennan is the leading setter with 6.31 assists/set.
Scouting Cornell: Leading the way for Cornell is Kelly
Marble with 2.91 kills/set, while Rachel D'Epagnier is hitting .308 on the
season and is the top blocker with 1.09 blocks/set for the Big Red. Kelly Reinke leads in setting
with 9.27 assists/set. The dig leader for Cornell is Sierra Young, who has
recorded 2.59 digs/set.