PRINCETON, N.J. -- Yale (14-7, 8-2) entered last week’s play in third place in the Ivy League standings, trailing just Princeton (12-8, 7-2) and Penn (11-10, 7-2). The Bulldogs now enter this week’s play atop the League standings after taking down the former League leaders, both in straight sets, last week.
With just six matches remaining, Yale looks to continue its hold on first place when it hosts Dartmouth (13-8, 4-6) and Harvard (7-15, 4-6) on Friday and Saturday. Penn and Princeton are also at home this week, hosting Cornell (4-16, 2-8) and Columbia (14-6, 6-4) in their quest to keep pace with the Bulldogs. The Lions, meanwhile, picked up two wins last week and seek to close the gap between their own fourth place and the Quakers and Tigers in second.
Mathematically, Dartmouth, Harvard and Cornell all remain eligible to continue their quest for the 2010 Ivy title. However, Brown (7-15, 1-9) is now officially out of the running after dropping both matches last week. The Bears host Harvard and Dartmouth this week.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth’s Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas) continued her strong play this past week in the Big Green’s split of a pair of Ivy matches, earning her second Player of the Week honor of the season.
Against Columbia, she had 14 kills, 14 digs and three block assists in only three sets. In the Big Green’s victory over Cornell, the junior outside hitter led all players with 21 kills. She also chipped in 20 digs and two blocks, including one solo. For the week, Baird averaged 4.38 kps with a .248 hitting percentage, 4.25 dps, three service aces and four blocks.
On the season, Baird has 16 double-doubles, has recorded double-digit kills in 20 of the 21 matches played and ranks second in the League with 3.98 kills per set.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale freshman Kendall Polan (Cardiff, Calif.) has earned her fourth Rookie of the Week honor, and second straight, after leading the Bulldogs past Penn and Princeton and into the Ivy League driver’s seat.
The rookie setter averaged 8.33 assists, 2.33 kills and 5.00 digs per set as the Bulldogs swept past then-League leaders Penn and Princeton, both in straight sets, to take over first in the Ivy standings.
On Friday against Princeton, Polan just missed a triple double, striking for nine kills, 15 digs and 20 assists as the Bulldogs battled from behind in each of the first two sets. In a play that summarized the weekend, Polan’s diving, one-handed dig kept a Princeton attack in the air during a second-set comeback for Yale. Teammate Erica Reetz took the ball next and set up Katie Cordell for the clinching point for a 26-24 Yale win.
The next night, Polan tallied 30 assists, 15 digs and five kills in a three-set sweep of then-first-place Penn. Entering the week, Polan leads Yale and ranks third in the conference in assists per set (9.36).
Megan Gaughn, Columbia, SO, OH (Winter Park, Fla.)
3.62 kps, .258%, 3.62 dps, 2 SA, 1 BS, 3 BA - Team: 2-0
Kelly Hansen, Cornell, JR, RS (San Diego, Calif.)
3.50 kps, .372%, 1.10 dps, 4 BA - Team: 0-2
Bridget Hearst, Yale, JR, OPP (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
4.50 kps, .288%, 1.00 dps, 2 BA - Team: 2-0
Cathryn Quinn, Princeton, JR, MB (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
4.17 kps, .357%, 3 BA - Team: 1-1
Beth Kinsella, Harvard, SO, S (Wheaton, Ill.)
10.00 aps, 2.70 dps, 8 kills, 4 SA - Team: 1-1
Amanda Pacheco, Penn, SO, MB (Long Beach, Calif.)
3.00 dps, .538%, 2 BS, 4 BA - Team: 1-1
Alexandra Rieckhoff, Brown, FR, S (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
11.00 aps, 2.50 dps, 1 SA, 1 BA - Team: 0-2
Madeline Rumer, Columbia, FR, MB (Santa Rosa Valley, Calif.)
3.25 kps, .352%, 1.00 dps, 6 SA, 2 BS, 5 BA - Team: 2-0
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Columbia at Sacred Heart, 7 pm
Friday, Nov. 5
*Dartmouth at Yale, 7 pm
*Harvard at Brown, 7 pm
*Cornell at Princeton, 7 pm
*Columbia at Penn, 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 6
*Dartmouth at Brown, 4 pm
*Columbia at Princeton, 4 pm
*Cornell at Penn, 5 pm
*Harvard at Yale, 6 pm
*Ivy League Contest