PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton (10-6, 5-0), Penn (8-9, 4-1) and Yale (10-7, 4-2) all went 2-0 last week to take hold of the top three positions in the Ivy League standings.
This week, the Tigers hit the road for the first time since their league-opener, looking to keep their win streak alive at Columbia (11-5, 3-3) and Cornell (4-11, 2-4). Penn seeks to keep pace, and its hold on second place, while also on the road at Cornell and Columbia.
Yale travels to Harvard (5-13, 2-4) and Dartmouth (12-5, 3-3), as does Brown (6-12, 0-6) which stands as the lone Ivy squad still seeking a League win.
This week's action marks the midway point of League play with all eight squads completing one round of matches. Six of the eight teams have also concluded their home-and-home dates with their travel partners.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
In another stellar week of Ivy action, Penn's Megan Tryon (Los Angeles) and Princeton's Lydia Rudnick (Encinitas, Calif.) kept their teams rolling atop the League standings and earned Co-Player of the Week honors for their efforts.
Rudnick earns Player of the Week honors for the third consecutive week, this time after leading Princeton to a sweep of Harvard and Darmouth by recording 5.5 kills and 2.62 digs per set. Against Harvard, the sophomore outside hitter pounded out a career-high 32 kills, which also stands as the League high in 2010. It was her fourth 20-plus kill match of the season and sixth double-double as she added 16 digs, as well as four blocks. One day later, Rudnick tallied 12 kills, five digs and two solo blocks as Princeton remained the lone unbeaten in the Ivy League with a straight-sets win over Dartmouth. She hit .379 in the match (12-1-29) as the Tigers hit .324 as a team. On the season, Rudnick is averaging a League-best 4.32 kills per set, which also ranks 20th in the nation.
Tryon had a stellar week for the Quakers, dishing out 88 total assists in two matches and pacing her team to a sweep of Dartmouth and Harvard. In Penn's win over Dartmouth, the setter made plays all over the court, finishing the match with 53 assists, 11 digs, two blocks, and a career-high six kills. Tryon was instrumental in dispatching of Harvard, serving the first 13 points of the second set as the Quakers rolled to 25-12 win on their way to a dominating three-set victory. In the match she dished out 35 assists while tallying 11 digs and two kills. For the season, Tryon leads the League with 10.38 assists per set and is also averaging 2.27 digs per set.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Erica Reetz (Theinsville, Wis.) earns her second Rookie of the Week honors after leading Yale to a pair of wins last week. Reetz previously earned the honor on Sept. 14.
The freshman outside hitter tallied 3.14 kills per set and 3.29 digs per set with double-doubles in both matches in a sweep of Cornell and Columbia last weekend, extending Yale's home win streak to six straight. Reetz produced nine digs, broke a 20-all tie with a kill and was at the top of her game in a vital fourth set victory for Yale over Columbia. Reetz gave the Bulldogs 12 kills and 12 digs in the win over the Lions. Reetz's other double-double (10 kills and 11 digs) of the weekend helped the Bulldogs to a 3-0 victory over the Big Red last Friday. She gave the Bulldogs timely points against Cornell – including kills that gave the Bulldogs a commanding 21-13 lead in the second set and closed out the match with a thunderous attack. Entering this week, Reetz stands sixth in the Ivy League in kills per set (2.92).
Madeline Baird, Darmouth, JR, OH (Austin, Texas)
3.25 kps, .183%, 2.00 dps, 2 SA, 3 BA - Team: 0-2
Katie Cordell, Yale, JR, OH (Yorba Linda, Calif.)
3.29 kps, .296%, 4.43 dps, 3 SA, 1 BS, 2 BA - Team: 2-0
Megan Gaughn, Columbia, SO, OH (Winter Park, Fla.)
3.25 kps, .099%, 4.75 dps, 2 BS, 2 BA - Team: 1-1
Katrina Post, Brown, SO, OH (Pasadena, Calif.)
3.11 kps, .155%, 2.22 dps, 2 SA, 1 BS, 1 BA - Team: 0-2
Susan Stuecheli, Penn, FR, MB (Troy, Mich.)
1.75 kps, .379%, 1 BS, 12 BA - Team: 2-0
Tuesday, Oct. 19
Syracuse at Cornell, 7 pm
Friday, Oct. 15
*Yale at Harvard, 7 pm
*Brown at Dartmouth, 7 pm
*Princeton at Columbia, 7 pm
*Penn at Cornell, 7 pm
Saturday, Oct. 16
*Yale at Dartmouth, 5 pm
*Princeton at Cornell, 5 pm
*Brown at Harvard, 6 pm
*Penn at Columbia, 7 pm
*Ivy League Contest