PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2014 women's volleyball season gets underway for all eight Ivy League squads this Friday with a full slate of action on the docket.
Four-time defending Ivy League champion Yale is one of four squads hosting tournaments this coming weekend. The Bulldogs play host to 18th-ranked Minnesota on Friday night and Albany and Boston College on Saturday.
Yale has to replace three-time Ivy League Player of the Year Kendall Polan, but returns three-time first-team All-Ivy selection Mollie Rogers (San Diego) at outside hitter and Kelly Johnson (Palos Verdes, Calif.) at setter/hitter.
Harvard, Penn and Columbia are also hosting round-robin action this weekend. The Crimson, led by 2013 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Corinne Bain (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) entertain Santa Clara, Central Connecticut State and Delaware on Friday and Saturday. Penn hosts Colgate, Cleveland State and Georgetown at The Palestra on Friday and Saturday in the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Invitiational. Columbia entertains Bucknell, Stony Brook and Fairfield in its tournament the same two days.
All of the action involving Harvard, Penn, Columbia and Yale will be shown on The Ivy League Digital Network this weekend, which will be showcased Friday through Sunday with a free preview weekend. In all, 15 women's volleyball matches will be shown live on ILDN this weekend, including select other matches from Harvard beginning with the Central Connecticut-Santa Clara match Friday at 1 pm. Complete broadcast listings for the network are available by clicking here, including coverage of men's soccer, women's soccer and men's water polo during the free preview Friday through Sunday.
In all, more than 80 women's volleyball matches are on the ILDN slate for this season.
With the shortest road trip of the weekend, Princeton heads to Philadelphia to play in Temple's round-robin event against Charlotte, Holy Cross and the host Owls.
Cornell travels to Seton Hall for four matches at the Pirates' tournament, taking on the host Pirates, UNLV, Siena and Rutgers. Dartmouth is headed to Baltimore to play in Loyola's tournament, facing St. Francis (Pa.), Quinnipiac and the host Greyhounds.
Brown is headed cross-country to open the season against a strong tournament field at the USD-SDSU Challenge, hosting by San Diego and San Diego State. The Bears will take on 15th-ranked San Diego and San Diego State on Friday and then take on Northwestern and Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. The Wildcats also received votes in the AVCA poll this past week. Matches will be played at both USD and SDSU.
Friday, September 5
1- Cornell at Seton Hall, 12 noon
2- Princeton vs. Charlotte, 12:30 pm
2- Holy Cross vs. Princeton, 3:30 pm
1- Cornell vs. UNLV, 4:30 pm
3- Dartmouth vs. St. Francis (Pa.), 4:30 pm
4- Brown at San Diego, 5 pm
6- Minnesota at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
7- Santa Clara at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
8- Bucknell at Columbia, 7:30 pm [IVY]
9- Colgate at Penn, 7:30 pm [IVY]
5- Brown at San Diego State, 10 pm
Saturday, September 6
1- Cornell vs. Siena, 10 am
3- Dartmouth at Loyola (Md.), 11 am
8- Stony Brook at Columbia, 12 noon [IVY]
6- Albany at Yale, 1 pm [IVY]
9- Cleveland State at Penn, 1 pm [IVY]
7- Central Connecticut State at Harvard, 1 pm [IVY]
2- Princeton at Temple, 1 pm
4- Brown vs. Northwestern, 3 pm
3- Quinnipiac vs. Dartmouth, 4:30 pm
1- Cornell vs. Rutgers, 4:30 pm
7- Delaware at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
6- Boston College at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
8- Fairfield at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
9- Georgetown at Penn, 7:30 pm [IVY]
5- Brown vs. Cal State Fullerton, 7:30 pm
1- Seton Hall Tournament, South Orange, N.J.
2- Temple Invitational, Philadelphia
3- Loyola Tournament, Baltimore
4- USD-San Diego State Challenge, San Diego (at San Diego)
5- USD-San Diego State Challenge, San Diego (at San Diego State)
6- Yale Invitational, New Haven, Conn.
7- Harvard Invitational, Cambridge, Mass.
8- Columbia Invitational, New York
9- Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West Invitiational, Philadelphia
IVY - Streamed live on The Ivy League Digital Network