All Eight Women's Volleyball Teams Open 2013 Slate on Friday
PRINCETON, N.J. -- All eight Ivy League women's volleyball teams kick off the 2013 season on Friday, playing in various invitiational tournaments.
Columbia is the first to open the season, facing Northwestern at the Wildcat Challenge at 1 pm (ET) in the first of two matches the Lions will play on Friday. Penn faces LIU-Brooklyn at the University of Maryland Tournament at 5 pm to open their 2013 slate. A host of matches get underway at approximately 7 pm with defending Ivy League champ Yale hosting Missouri, Brown taking on New Hampshire, Harvard hosting Holy Cross, Dartmouth visiting Marist and Princeton visiting George Mason. The final contest of the night gets underway at approximately 7:30 pm when Cornell hosts Buffalo.
Defending champion Yale returns the two-time reigning Ivy League Player of the Year Kendall Polan (Cardiff, Calif.), 2012 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Kelly Johnson (Palos Verdes, Calif.) and 2011 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Mollie Rogers (San Diego). The Bulldogs have won at least a share of the last three Ivy League titles and will be looking for their third straight NCAA Championship bid.
Penn returns senior libero Dani Shepherd (Los Angeles), who won the inaugural 2012 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. Shepherd, who is a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, led the nation in digs per set last year at 6.56. That number also is the third-highest single-season mark in NCAA Division I history.
The newly-launched Ivy League Digital Network will have live coverage of eight matches on opening weekend. Matches from Harvard and Yale and Princeton's action at the George Mason Tournament will be available at www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com.
Friday, September 6
1- Columbia at Northwestern, 1 pm
1- Boise St. vs. Columbia, 5 pm
2- LIU Brooklyn vs. Penn, 5 pm
3- Missouri at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
4- Brown at New Hampshire, 7 pm
5- Holy Cross at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
6- Dartmouth at Marist, 7 pm
7- Princeton at George Mason, 7 pm [IVY]
8- Buffalo at Cornell, 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 7
4- Brown vs. Missouri St., 10 am
6- Mass.-Lowell vs. Dartmouth, 10 am
2- UMKC vs. Penn, 11 am
8- Iona at Cornell, 11 am
7- Coppin St. vs. Princeton, 11 am [IVY]
1- Belmont vs. Columbia, 11 am
6- Hartford vs. Dartmouth, 12:30 pm
3- Colgate at Yale, 1 pm [IVY]
8- Bucknell at Cornell, 4 pm
4- Brown vs. St. John's (N.Y.), 4:30 pm
7- Radford vs. Princeton, 5 pm [IVY]
5- Hofstra at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
3- Seton Hall at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
2- Penn at Maryland, 7:30 pm
1- Wildcat Challenge, Evanston, Ill.
2- Maryland Tournament, College Park, Md.
3- Yale Invitational, New Haven, Conn.
4- Holly Young Invitational, Durham, N.H.
5- Harvard Tournament, Cambridge, Mass.
6- Volley in the Valley, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
7- George Mason Tournament, Fairfax, Va.
8- Cornell Tournament, Ithaca, N.Y.
[IVY] match broadcast on The Ivy League® Digital Network