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Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Week 4

Dartmouth's Annie Villanueva and Yale's Mollie Rogers
Dartmouth's Annie Villanueva and Yale's Mollie Rogers

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League women's volleyball moves into the heart of the schedule with four travel partner matches highlighting the week's action on the courts.

Princeton is the first on the courts this week in home debut vs. Seton Hall Tuesday night. Brown and Yale step out of conference mid-week with their final non-League matches then clash Saturday evening in New Haven, Conn., for each team's Ivy openers. Cornell plays one of its final non-Ivy contests Friday night, hosting Binghamton, before welcoming Columbia to Ithaca, N.Y., Saturday to open its League slate. Penn and Princeton renew their rivalry Friday night while the League's top two teams, Dartmouth and Harvard, collide in Cambridge, Mass., Saturday evening.

Last weekend, the Ancient Eight closed out the early season tournament play on a positive note with a 10-6 record on the final Saturday. Columbia, Dartmouth and Yale led the way each posting 2-0 records.

Dartmouth senior middle blocker Annie Villanueva (Santa Barbara, Calif.) made her mark for the Big Green this past week, leading the team to a 4-0 record and earning all-tournament team honors in the Dartmouth Invitational.

Villanueva committed only three attack errors for an outstanding .571 hitting percentage, tallying 43 kills on 70 total attempts over the course of the four matches, to increase her Ivy Leag-leading season hitting percentage to .415. In three of the four contests, she hit over .600. For the week, she totaled 11 total blocks for 0.85 blocks per set.

In Dartmouth's mid-week match at Holy Cross, Villanueva had a season-high 15 kills, adding five digs and three block assists. In the Dartmouth Invitational, she led the Big Green to three-straight 3-0 wins with 21 kills, four digs and eight block assists.

Yale freshman outside hitter Mollie Rogers (San Diego, Calif.) continued her standout rookie season with three double-doubles and another all-tournament selection last weekend at the Yale Classic.

Rogers started the weekend with 10 kills, 15 digs, four aces, two assists and hit .364 in a sweep of New Hampshire. The next afternoon, Rogers hit a stellar .625 with 10 kills, 13 digs, two solo blocks and two assists in a 3-0 win over Quinnipiac. She was instrumental in a come-from-behind, five-set win over Army. Rogers had 11 kills, 23 digs, two solo blocks, an assist and an ace against the Black Knights.

On the year, Rogers leads the Bulldogs in kills and kills per set, and ranks second on the squad in digs. She also ranks among the top 10 in kills (sixth) and digs (ninth) within the Ivy League. She has been named to the all-tournament team in all three preseason events this year.

McHaney Carter, Yale, Sophomore, Middle Blocker (Southlake, Texas)
2.6 K/S, 0.5 D/S, 1 AST, 2 BS, 7 BA - Team: 3-0
Named MVP of the Yale Classic

Taylor Docter, Harvard, Junior, Outside Hitter (Los Altos, Calif.)
.244 hitting pct., 2.80 K/S, 1.47 D/S, 3 SA, 1 BS, 3 BA - Team: 3-1

Megan Gaughn, Columbia, Junior Outside Hitter (Winter Park, Fla.)
.214 hitting pct., 3.67 K/S, 2.50 D/S, 4 BA - Team: 3-1
Named to the Columbia Invitational All-Tournament Team

Maddie Lord, Brown, Freshman, Outside Hitter (La Jolla, Calif.)
.234 hitting pct., 4.50 K/S, 2.00 D/S, 1 BA - Team: 2-1
Named to the Brown Invitational All-Tournament Team

Lauren Martin, Penn, Junior, Right Side Hitter (Bedford, Texas)
.282 hitting pct., 3.91 K/S, 0.82 D/S, 6 BA - Team: 2-1
Named MVP of the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Penn Invitational 

Jordan Reeder, Cornell, Senior, Setter (Zephyr Cove, Nev.)
8.55 A/S, 2.63 D/S, 1 BS, 3 BA - Team: 0-3
Named to the Blue and White Classic All-Tournament Team

Tuesday, September 20
Seton Hall at Princeton, 7 pm

Wednesday, September 21

Brown at Rhode Island, 7 pm
Yale at Albany, 7 pm

Friday, September 23
Binghamton at Cornell, 7 pm
*Penn at Princeton, 7 pm

Saturday, September 24
*Brown at Yale, 4 pm
Delaware at Penn, 4 pm
*Columbia at Cornell, 5 pm
*Dartmouth at Harvard, 5 pm

* Ivy League Contests


September 6 - Kendall Polan, Yale, Sophomore, Setter
September 13 - Madeline Baird, Dartmouth, Senior, Outside Hitter
September 20 - Annie Villanueva, Dartmouth, Senior, Middle Blocker
September 27
October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 15

September 6 - Maddie Lord, Brown, Freshman, Outside Hitter
September 13 - Mollie Rogers, Yale, Freshman, Outside Hitter
September 20 - Mollie Rogers, Yale, Freshman, Outside Hitter
September 27
October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 15

September 6 - Janel Forte, Cornell (So., OH), Lauren Martin, Penn (Jr., RS), Cathryn Quinn, Princeton (Sr., MB), Monique Roberts, Columbia (Sr., MB), Mollie Rogers, Yale (Fr., OH) and Annie Villanueva, Dartmouth (Sr., MB)

September 13 - Kathryn Conner, Brown (Fr., DS/L), Hilary Ford, Princeton (Sr., L), Sarah Hanna, Princeton (Fr., OH), Lauren Martin, Penn (Jr., RS), Teresa Skelly, Harvard (So., MB),  Meagan Tatum, Cornell (Sr., RS)

September 20 - McHaney Carter, Yale (So., MB), Taylor Docter, Harvard (Jr., OH), Megan Gaughn, Columbia (Jr., OH), Maddie Lord, Brown (Fr., OH), Lauren Martin, Penn (Jr., RS), Jordan Reeder, Cornell (Sr., S)

September 27
October 4
October 11
October 18
October 25
November 1
November 8
November 15


Player of the Week
School Last Occurence Player
Brown September 28, 2010 Kathryn Glickman
Columbia September 21, 2010 Megan Gaughn
Cornell October 21, 2009 Jordan Reed
Dartmouth September 20, 2011 Annie Villanueva
Harvard September 25, 2008 Suzie Trimble
Penn November 18, 2010 Julia Swanson
Princeton October 12, 2010* Lydia Rudnick
Yale September 6, 2011
Kendall Polan
Rookie of the Week
Last Occurence Player
Brown September 6, 2011 Maddie Lord
Columbia September 29, 2009 Megan Gaughn
Cornell October 5, 2010 Rachel D'Epagnier
Dartmouth November 10, 2009* Alissa Santa Maria
Harvard October 12, 2010 Teresa Skelly
Penn November 17, 2009 Lauren Martin
Princeton November 10, 2009* Lydia Rudnick
Yale September 20, 2011
Mollie Rogers

*Shared honor


In the NCAA statistics through the Sept. 18 matches, the Ivy League is represented in the top 50 of three categories:

Digs Per Set
7. Dani Shepherd, Penn (So., L) - 5.83
12. Hilary Ford, Princeton (Sr., DS) - 5.57
16. Annika Gliottone, Brown (Sr., DS/L) - 5.45
17. Christine Wu, Harvard (Sr., L/DS) - 5.39

Hitting Percentage
19. Annie Villanueva, Dartmouth (Sr., MB) - .415

Blocks Per Set

46. Columbia - 2.43

Digs Per Set
14. Dartmouth - 17.69
18. Yale - 17.40
27. Harvard - 17.00
35. Princeton - 16.84

Hitting Percentage
47. Dartmouth - .248