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Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Week 5

Princeton's Cathryn Quinn and Ginny Willis

Updated Stats (PDF)

PRINCETON, N.J. -- It's the second season for Ivy League women's volleyball as the schedule turns to the first full weekend of conference play this weekend.

Dartmouth enters the heart of the Ivy slate with a League-best 9-3 record and on a five-match winning streak, dating back to Sept. 13 at Holy Cross. The Big Green leads the Ivies in hitting percentage (.240), opponent hitting percentage (.143), kills per set (13.00) and digs per set (18.00). The key to Dartmouth's success has been senior outside hitter Madeline Baird, who enters the weekend third all-time on the school's career kills list with 1,087.

Princeton (8-5, 1-0 Ivy League) gave its first-year head coach Sabrina King a thrill in her first League match as her Tigers rallied from being down 2-1 to defeat 2010 Ivy co-champion Penn in five sets. Princeton looks to keep that momentum going this weekend in Dillion Gym as it plays host to Harvard and Dartmouth.

Columbia, Harvard and Yale each have a 7-4 record entering the bulk of the Ivy schedule. In its opening Ivy match, Columbia came back from a two-set deficit to win at Cornell, the first Lions' win in Ithaca, N.Y. for head coach Jon Wilson. Yale started its League ledger with a 3-0 sweep of Brown, while Harvard was edged by Dartmouth in a five-set thriller.

Princeton senior middle blocker Cathryn Quinn (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) led the Tigers to a 3-2 comeback win over Penn with 15 kills and eight blocks, as well as four assists and four digs. In the crucial fifth set, she accounted for five of Princeton's last six points (three blocks, two kills).

Against Seton Hall earlier in the week, Quinn totaled nine kills, four digs, five blocks and an assist from her middle position.

Princeton freshman setter Ginny Willis (Tampa, Fla.) was superb in her Ivy League debut, guiding the Tigers to a 3-2 comeback win over Penn. He tallied 48 assists and 10 digs in the win, converting on her only two kills. In the final two sets of the match, Willis led Princeton to a .271 hitting percentage in the fourth set and a .389 hitting percentage in the decisive fifth set.

Earlier in the week against Seton Hall, Willis recorded 39 assists, six digs and 2 block assists. For the week, she averaged 10.88 assists per set.

Madeline Baird, Dartmouth, Senior, Outside Hitter (Austin, Texas)
22 kills, 16 digs at Harvard - Team: 1-0

Heather Braunagel, Columbia, Sophomore, Middle Blocker (Trumbull, Conn.)
9 kills, 9 digs, 6 block assists vs. Cornell - Team: 1-0

Kristen Casey, Harvard, Freshman, Outside Hitter (La Jolla, Calif.)
17 kills, 14 digs, 2 block assists vs. Dartmouth - Team: 0-1

Allie Frappier, Yale, Freshman, Outside Hitter (San Mateo, Calif.)
.275 hitting pct., 2.80 K/S, 3.00 D/S, 2 BA - Team: 1-1

Lauren Martin, Penn, Junior, Right Side Hitter (Bedford, Texas)
.242 hitting pct., 3.25 K/S, 8 BA - Team: 0-2

Madeleine Przybyl, Cornell, Senior, Middle Blocker (Christchurch, Va.)
.302 hitting percentage, 3.22 K/S, 2.22 D/S, 8 BA - Team: 0-2


Friday, September 30
*Columbia at Brown, 7 pm
*Cornell at Yale, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Penn, 7 pm
*Harvard at Princeton, 7 pm

Saturday, October 1

*Cornell at Brown, 4 pm
*Dartmouth at Princeton, 4 pm
*Columbia at Yale, 5 pm
*Harvard at Penn, 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 - Cathryn Quinn, Princeton, Senior, Middle Blocker
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 - Ginny Willis, Princeton, Freshman, Setter
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 - Madeline Baird, Dartmouth (Sr., OH), Heather Braunagel, Columbia (So., MB), Kristen Casey, Harvard (Fr., OH), Allie Frappier, Yale (Fr., OH), Lauren Martin, Penn (Jr., RS), Madeleine Przybyl, Cornell (Sr., MB)   

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 September 27, 2011
Cathryn Quinn
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 September 27, 2011
Ginny Willis
Yale September 20, 2011
Mollie Rogers

*Shared honor


In the NCAA statistics through the Sept. 25 matches, the Ivy League is represented in the top 50 in the following categories:

Digs Per Set
6. Dani Shepherd, Penn (So., L) - 5.90
15. Christine Wu, Harvard (Sr., L/DS) - 5.47
19. Hilary Ford, Princeton (Sr., DS) - 5.37
21. Annika Gliottone, Brown (Sr., DS/L) - 5.30

Hitting Percentage
25. Annie Villanueva, Dartmouth (Sr., MB) - .384

Blocks Per Set

42. Columbia - 2.48

Digs Per Set
8. Dartmouth - 18.00
15. Yale - 17.66
23. Harvard - 17.26
49. Princeton - 16.48