Photos courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications, Harvard Athletic Communications and Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations
PRINCETON, N.J. -- A light schedule kicked off the second half of the Ivy League women's volleyball season last weekend, but the teams return to a full slate of action this weekend as the title race heats up.
Yale continued to be the League's hottest team, winning its last nine matches and starting 8-0 in Ivy play. The Bulldogs, which swept Brown over the weekend, have only surrended three sets in conference play and are now two-up in the loss column on second-place Princeton after the Tigers dropped a heartbreaker to arch-rival Penn.
The Tigers won the first two sets and had a 23-19 lead in the third before the Quakers roared back with six straight points to keep the match alive. Penn won the fourth, 25-17, and then jumped out to an 8-2 lead in the decisive fifth set before holding on for a 15-13 win. It was the second time this season that the two played a five-set match, with Princeton winning the first one back on Sept. 22.
Harvard won its third straight Ivy match for the first time since 2009 with a four-set victory at Dartmouth. The Crimson is now 5-3 in League action, tied for third with Penn. The two teams square off Friday night in Philadelphia.
Columbia pulled up to the .500-mark in League play with a five-set win at Cornell. The Lions won the first two sets, but the Big Red regrouped at the intermission and won the next two to force a deciding fifth set. Neither team led by more than two points in the fifth, but back-to-back kills by Megan Gaughn broke a 16-16 tie and lifted the Lions to the win.
In the match, Gaughn became the first player in Columbia history to surpass the 1,000-kill and 1,000-dig mark in a career. Below is a list of the 1,000/1,000 club in Ancient Eight history:
Tomo Nakanishi, 1995-98 (1,716 kills / 1,762 digs)
Megan Gaughn, 2009-current (1,170 kills / 1,007 digs)
Elizabeth Bishop, 2003-06 (1,690 kills / 1,166 digs)
Debbie Quibell, 2000-03 (1,212 kills / 1,118 digs)
Madeline Baird, 2008-11 (1,267 kills / 1,133 digs)
Anne Murray, 1996-99 (1,180 kills / 1,052 digs)
Ashley Dean, 1998-01 (1,117 kills / 1,482 digs)
Sarah Nadler, 2002-05 (1,032 kills / 1,274 digs)
Jess Thomas, 2005-08 (1,027 kills / 1,011 digs)
Melissa Forcum, 1995-98 (1,220 kills / 1,363 digs)
Laura Mahon, 2004-07 (1,100 kills / 1,292 digs)
Melissa Ingalls, 1985-88 (1,129 kills / 1,313 digs)
Kwak-Hefferan, 1999-2002 (1,298 kills / 1,306 digs)
Julia Swanson, 2006-09 (1,249 kills / 1,113 digs)
PRINCETON (since 2001)
Parker Henritze, 2005-08 (1,478 kills / 1,123 digs)
Sheena Donohue, 2006-09 (1,381 kills / 1,159 digs)
Lauren Grumet, 2003-06 (1,221 kills / 1,083 digs)
Kristina Kliszewski, 1989-92 (1,198 kills / 1,298 digs)
Pauline Mu, 1990-93 (1,279 kills / 1,148 digs)
Rosie Wustrack, 1995-98 (1,561 kills / 1,297 digs)
Alexis Crusey, 2006-09 (1,219 digs / 1,286 kills)
Ivy League in the NCAA Statistics
The Ivy League is among the NCAA Division I leaders in several individual and team statistical categories through matches of Oct. 21.
Penn junior libero Dani Shepherd continues to lead NCAA Division I in digs per set at 6.38. She is chasing the all-time, single-single mark of 6.87 set last season by Villanova's Kim Maroon. The Quakers are also still in the top spot in the same category at 21.09 per game. Yale sits right behind Penn in second at 19.91 digs per set. The Bulldogs are also in the top 10 in kills (3rd, 14.95) and assists (3rd, 14.0) per set.
Individually, Princeton's Lydia Ridnick is 26th in kills per set at 4.27 and 34th in points per set, averaging 4.76. The Tigers' Leah Jordan is 28th in hitting percentage at. 384, while Harvard's Caroline Walters is 42nd at .372. Cornell's Kelly Marble is in the top 50 in aces per set, sitting at 42nd (0.40).
Click here for the complete NCAA statistics.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Columbia senior outside hitter Megan Gaughn (Winter Park, Fla.) and Penn junior middle blocker Susan Stuecheli (Troy, Mich.) earned Co-Player of the Week honors this week.
Gaughn made history when she became Columbia's first-ever player to amass 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. She did it in the process of leading the Lions to a five-set win at Cornell on Saturday, breaking a 16-16 tie in the fifth set with consecutive kills. She also put away the first set with back-to-back kills, breaking a 23-all tie. Gaughn finished the day with 16 kills and 18 digs to give her 1,170 kills and 1,007 digs for her career.
She gives Columbia its second Player of the Week this season. Atlanta Moye-McLaren won the honor on Sept. 18.
Gaughn's Weekly Stats
.167 hitting pct., 16k, 8e, 48 ta, 18 digs, 16.5 pts.
Stuecheli had a big part in Penn's rally to beat Princeton on Friday night. After trailing by two sets and on the verge of losing a third, the Quakers stormed back to win the third and fourth sets and force a fifth. Stuecheli, who hit .357 for the match and finished with 10 blocks, sparked her squad in that deciding set with three kills, a solo block and two block assists as Penn jumped out to an 8-2 lead. She later stopped a Princeton rally with another block as Penn won the final set to claim the match. Her 10 blocks tied the season-high in the Ivy League this year and she added 10 kills without an error.
Steuechli also gives Penn its second Player of the Week honor this season after Dani Shepherd won the award on Oct. 9.
Stuecheli Weekly Stats
.357 hitting pct., 10 k, 0e, 28 ta, 10 blk (3 bs, 7ba), 16.5 pts
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman middle blocker Caroline Holte (Laguna Beach, Calif.) claimed Rookie of the Week honors with her nine-block night as the Crimson won its third-straight League match, downing Dartmouth in four sets. Holte hit .455 for the match and had a season-high 11 points to go along with her season-high nine blocks (1 bs, 8 ba). It was her eighth outing with five or more blocks this season. Harvard has won three in a row in League play for the first time since 2009.
Holte is Harvard's first Rookie of Week winner since Teresa Skelly on Oct. 12, 2010.
Holte's Weekly Stats
.455 hitting pct., 9 blks (1 bs, 8 ba), 11 pts.
Kendall Peterkin, Princeton (Fr., RS - San Diego)
.217 hitting pct., 16 kills, 11 digs, 17 pts. in loss to Penn
Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., RS - Highlands, Calif.)
.231 hitting pct., 16 kills, 18 pts. in loss to Columbia
Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S - Palos Verdes, Calif.)
.320 hitting pct., 12 kills, 15 ast. 13.5 pts. in win over Brown
Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH - Los Altos, Calif.)
.220 hitting pct., 15 kills, 15 digs, 16 pts. in win over Dartmouth
Siera Young, Cornell (Jr., OH - Downers Grove, Ill.)
.229 hitting pct., 19 kills, 10 digs, 19.5 pts. in loss to Columbia
Saturday, October 26
*Dartmouth at Princeton, 5 pm
*Columbia at Yale, 7 pm
*Harvard at Penn, 7 pm
*Cornell at Brown, 7 pm
Sunday, October 27
*Harvard at Princeton, 5 pm
*Columbia at Brown, 5 pm
*Cornell at Yale, 5 pm
*Dartmouth at Penn, 5 pm
*Ivy League Contests
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
September 4 - Kendall Polan, Yale (Jr., S)
September 11 - Haley Wessels, Yale (Sr., MB)
September 18 - Atlanta Moye-McLaren, Columbia (Fr., OH)
September 25 - Kendall Polan, Yale (Jr., S)
October 2 - Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (Sr., OH)
October 9 - Dani Shepherd, Penn (Jr., L)
October 16 - Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH)
October 23 - Megan Gaughn, Columbia (Sr., OH), Susan Stuecheli, Penn (Jr., MB)
October 30 -
November 6 -
November 13 -
ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
September 4 - Ronnie Bither, Penn (Fr., S)
September 11 - Ronnie Bither, Penn (Fr., S)
September 18 - Atlanta Moye-McLaren, Columbia (Fr., OH) & Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S)
September 25 - Alex Caldwell, Penn (Fr., RS)
October 2 - Alex Caldwell, Penn (Fr., RS)
October 9 - Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S)
October 16 - Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S)
October 23 - Caroline Holte, Harvard (Fr., MB)
October 30 -
November 6 -
November 13 -
September 4 - Caitlin Brenton, Columbia (So., OH), Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH),Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S), Nicole Kincade, Princeton (So. MB), Alexandra Rieckhoff, Brown (Jr., S), Elisa Scudder, Dartmouth (Jr., MB), Emma White, Penn (So., OH)
September 18 - Erin Cooney, Harvard (Jr., RS), Rachel D'Epagnier, Cornell (Jr., MB), Mollie Rogers, Yale (So., OH), Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (Sr., OH), Dani Shepherd, Penn (Jr., L), Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., RS)
September 25 - Heather Braunagel, Columbia (Sr., MB), Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH), Amanda Nickel, Brown (Jr., OH), Jesse Ebner, Yale (Fr., MB), Lydia Rudnick, Princeton (Sr., OH), Dani Shepherd, Penn (Jr., L), Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., RS)
October 2 - Caitlin Brenton, Columbia (So., OH), Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH), Jesse Ebner, Yale (Fr., MB), Kelly Marble, Cornell (Jr., OH), Kendall Polan, Yale (Jr., S), Susan Stuecheli, Penn (Jr., MB), Kathleeen Wallace, Harvard (Fr., OH)
October 9 - Kathryn Conner, Brown (So., L), Erin Cooney, Harvard (Jr., RS), Maddie Lord, Brown (So., OH), Haley Wessels, Yale (Sr., MB), Ginny Willis, Princeton (So., S), Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., S)
October 16 - Alex Caldwell, Penn (Fr., RS), Lauren Martin, Penn (Sr., RS), Maddie Rudnick, Yale (So., L), Bailey Springer, Columbia (Fr., OH), Tiana Woolridge, Princeton (So., MB), Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., S)
October 23 - Kendall Peterkin, Princeton (Fr., RS), Breanna Wong, Cornell (Fr., RS), Kelly Johnson, Yale (Fr., S), Taylor Docter, Harvard (Sr., OH), Siera Young, Cornell (Jr., OH)
October 30 -
November 6 -
November 13 -
WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY
|Player of the Week
|Brown||September 28, 2010
|Columbia||October 23, 2012*||Megan Gaughn|
|Cornell||November 8, 2011
|Dartmouth||November 15, 2011*||Annie Villanueva
|Harvard||October 16, 2012
|Penn||October 23, 2012*
|Princeton||October 2, 2012
|Yale||September 25, 2012
|Rookie of the Week
|Brown||September 6, 2011||Maddie Lord
|Columbia||September 18, 2012*
|Cornell||October 5, 2010||Rachel D'Epagnier|
|Dartmouth||November 1, 2011*||Alex Schoenberger|
|Harvard||October 23, 2012||Caroline Holte|
|Penn||October 2, 2012
|Princeton||November 1, 2011*
|Yale||October 16, 2012