PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League women’s
volleyball embarks on a third and final round of tournament play
this week as they prepare to begin League play the following
Columbia and Brown each host an invitational on Friday and Saturday, Cornell travels to the Colgate Invitational, Harvard is at the Northwestern Invitational, Princeton takes part in the Penn State Classic, Dartmouth heads to the Holly Young Invitational in New Hampshire and Penn and Yale trek to the West Coast for the Cal State Fullerton Classic.
Prior to the weekend’s tournament action, however, Dartmouth and Harvard each play a single match on Tuesday. The Crimson travel to Holy Cross and the Big Green looks to win its seventh straight and remain undefeated against Bryant.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth remained undefeated at 6-0 after two weekends of play, thanks to the play of Madeline Baird (Austin, Texas). The junior outside hitter led the Big Green to a perfect 3-0 at the Quinnipiac Tournament, earning all-tournament honors for the second consecutive tournament. Baird totalled 46 kills, 44 digs and three service aces in the three matches, while hitting at an impressive .317 clip.
In the closest match of the weekend against host Quinnipiac, Baird recorded 15 kills, including three in a row twice to help the Big Green rally to come from behind in the second set against the Bobcats. She also had 15 digs in that match. In the tournament opener against Hartford, Baird tallied a double-double of 14 kills and 12 digs. In the finale of the weekend, she recorded her fifth double-double of the season with a team-high 17 kills and 17 digs.
She currently leads the team with 84 kills (4.20 per set) and four service aces while also notching 78 digs (3.90 per set).
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman outside hitter Erica Reetz (Thiensville, Ohio) posted a team-best 32 kills, helping the Yale Bulldogs to a pair of wins at the Blackbird Invitational in Long Island. Reetz, who also chipped in 19 digs, three blocks and one service ace, was named to the all-tournament team along and is the second consecutive Bulldog to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
In Yale’s tournament opener against NJIT, Reetz pounded out a team-best 13 kills and had just one error in 35 attempts for a .343 hitting percentage. She also added 10 digs in the 3-0 win. The Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 decision to Georgetown in their second match, but Reetz chipped in a solid nine kills and eight digs. In the tournament finale, Reetz reached double figures again with 10 kills (.391 hitting percentage) as the Bulldogs swept host Long Island in straight sets.
For the season, Reetz is now averaging 2.47 kills and 2.84 digs per set for the 5-1 Bulldogs.
Megan Gaughn, Columbia, SO, OH (Winter Park, Fla.)
3.00 KPS, .242%, 3.00 DPS, 5 SA, 3 BS
Alexandra Reickhoff, Brown, FR, S (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
9.43 APS, 2.07 DPS, 2 SA, 3 BA
Lydia Rudnick, Princeton, SO, OH (Encinitas, Calif.)
4.33 KPS, .261%, 2.1 DPS, 0 SA, 1BS, 1BA
Teresa Skelly, Harvard, FR, MB (Palo Alto, Calif.)
2.18 KPS, .396%, 1 Dig, 0 SA, 1 BS, 13 BA
Susan Stuecheli, Penn, FR, MB (Troy, Mich.)
1.56 KPS, .433%, 1 Dig, 0 SA, 1 BS, 11 BA
Tuesday, Sept. 14
Dartmouth at Bryant, 6 pm
Harvard at Holy Cross, 7 pm
Friday, Sept. 17
1 - Penn at Cal State Fullerton, 2 pm
2 - Cornell vs. Connecticut, 3:30 pm
3 - Harvard vs. Marquette, 4:30 pm
4 - Princeton vs. St. John’s (N.Y.), 4:30 pm
5 - Rhode Island at Brown, 5 pm
6 - Dartmouth at New Hampshire, 7 pm
7 - Fordham at Columbia, 7 pm
5 - Holy Cross at Brown, 7:30 pm
1 - Yale vs. Liberty, 7:30 pm
Penn vs. UCLA (at Irvine, CA), 8 pm
Saturday, Sept. 18
4 - Princeton at Penn State, 10 am
1 - Penn vs. Liberty, 10 am
6 - Dartmouth vs. Rutgers, 10 am
7 - Bucknell at Columbia, 11 am
3 - Harvard at Northwestern, Noon
5 - Central Conn. St. at Brown, 2:30 pm
1 - Yale vs. West Virginia, 3:30 pm
6 - Dartmouth vs. Sacred Heart, 4:30 pm
3 - Harvard vs. Charlotte, 4:30 pm
1 - Penn vs. West Virginia, 5:30 pm
2 - Cornell at Colgate, 7 pm
5 - Boston College at Brown, 7:30 pm
7 - Fairleigh Dickinson at Columbia, 7:30 pm
1 - Yale at Cal State Fullerton, 10:30 pm
1 - Fullerton Classic (Fullerton, CA)
2 - Colgate Invitational (Hamilton, NY)
3 - Northwestern Invitational (Evanston, ILL)
4 - Penn State Classic (University Park, PA)
5 - Brown Invitational (Providence, RI)
6 - Holly Young Invitational (Durham, NH)
7 - Columbia Invitational (New York, NY)