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Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Week 4

Brown's Alexandra Rieckhoff (left), Columbia's Megan Gaughn (right)
Brown's Alexandra Rieckhoff (left), Columbia's Megan Gaughn (right)

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- After opening the year with three busy weekends of tournament action, Ivy League women's volleyball teams play just seven total matches this week. First up is a non-conference meeting between Princeton and Temple in Dillon Gym on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Harvard visits Dartmouth for both teams Ivy League opener. Meanwhile, Yale hosts Albany (N.Y.) in the first of a home-and-home series that sees the teams meet at Albany on Saturday.

The remainder of Saturday's slate includes Brown at Stony Brook, Penn at Delaware and Cornell at Columbia. The Cornell vs. Columbia match is the Ivy League opener for both squads. Additionally, the Lions will seek to extend their current win streak to eight straight.

Megan Gaughn (Winter Park, Fla.) averaged 3.70 kills and 2.60 digs over three matches last week, leading the Lions to their own Columbia Invitational title and earning her second career Ivy League Player of the Week honor.

The sophomore outside hitter has been key to Columbia's recent streak of seven consecutive victories. In the Lions' tournament opener last weekend, Gaughn pounded out 23 kills, hit at a .351 clip and added 14 digs as the Lions rallied for a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Fordham. Her 23 kills is an Ivy League best in matches played through Sept. 19. Gaughn had four kills, one service ace, three digs and one block in a 3-0 win over Bucknell. She then closed out the weekend one dig shy of another double-double, recording 10 kills and nine digs in a 3-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson.

Gaughn earned tournament MVP honors for the second time in 2010 and continues to lead the Lions with 3.52 kills per game, which is also the fourth highest mark in the Ivy League.

Brown's Alexandra Rieckhoff (Laguna Beach, Calif.) guided the Bears to a 2-2 performance at the Brown Invitational last week, earning her first Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. The freshman setter racked up 138 assists (9.82 per set) on the weekend, 42 coming in a thrilling five set loss to Rhode Island.

Rieckhoff had 35 assists in each of the Bears' wins – straight sets victories over Holy Cross and Central Connecticut State – and finished off the weekend with 26 assists in a 3-0 loss to Boston College. She recorded double-doubles in the weekend's first two matches, adding 15 and 10 digs, respectively, averaging 2.50 digs per set for the tournament. Rieckhoff also added six service aces and four blocks, and was named to the all-tournament team, the second time this season she has achieved that honor.

Bridget Hearst, Yale, JR, OPP (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
3.90 KPS, .323%, 1.20 DPS, 3 SA, 1 BA - Team: 0-3

Savannah Fletcher, Columbia, FR, MB (Freeland, Wash.)
1.43 KPS, .304%, 0.57 DPS, 7 BS, 9 BA - Team: 3-0

Kendall Polan, Yale, FR, S (Cardiff, Calif.)
10.20 APS, 10 Kills, 3.60 DPS, 2 SA, 2 BA - Team: 0-3

Katrina Post, Brown, SO, OH (Pasadena, Calif.)
2.50 KPS, .209%, 2.64 DPS, 2 SA, 2 BA - Team: 2-2

Julia Swanson, Penn, SR, OH (Houston, Texas)
3.25 KPS, .188%, 3.58 DPS, 1 SA, 2 BA - Team: 1-3

Annie Villanueva, Dartmouth, JR, MB (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
2.94 KPS, .339%, 0.88 DPS, 2 SA, 14 BA - Team: 2-2

Wednesday, Sept. 22
Temple at Princeton, 7 pm

Friday, Sept. 24
*Harvard at Dartmouth, 7 pm
Albany (N.Y.) at Yale, 7 pm

Saturday, Sept. 25
Brown at Stony Brook, 1pm
*Cornell at Columbia, 2 pm
Yale at Albany (N.Y.), 6 pm
Penn at Delaware, 7 pm

*Ivy League Contest