PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy play wraps up for six teams this weekend, while one final match is on the slate next Wednesday. The battle for the League title, and NCAA automatic bid, looks to come down to the wire as Yale (16-7, 10-2) and Penn (13-10, 9-2) each went 2-0 last week to maintain their pace atop the standings.
The Bulldogs travel to Columbia (15-8, 7-5) on Friday, then close out the regular-season at Cornell (4-18, 2-10) on Saturday. Columbia may look to play spoiler again this week, after knocking Princeton (13-9, 8-3) down a notch with a 3-1 win over the Tigers last week.
Penn, meanwhile, travels to face Harvard (8-16, 5-7) on Friday and Dartmouth (13-10, 4-8) on Saturday. The Quakers, however, are one game behind Yale, and must also face off against Princeton on Wednesday, Nov. 17.
Should any number of teams conclude regular-season play in a tie for first, a playoff match (or matches) will incur in order to determine the NCAA automatic qualifier.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Julia Swanson (Houston, Texas) kept Penn on pace with League-leading Yale last week, leading the Quakers to a pair of wins and earning her first Player of the Week honors of 2010.
The senior outside hitter turned in the most impressive performance of her career on Friday against Columbia and followed it up with a solid effort one day later against Cornell as the Quakers went 2-0 over the weekend. Swanson went off for a career-high 30 digs, 26 kills and six block assists in a five-set victory over the Lions. The 26 kills and six blocks assists were each one short of a career high.
Against Cornell, she totaled 18 digs in three sets and also added eight kills and two block assists as Penn improved to 9-2 in the Ivies. During the weekend, Swanson also became the third player in school history with over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs. For the weekend she averaged 6.0 digs, 4.25 kills and 1.00 block pet set.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Erica Reetz’ (Theinsville, Wis.) all-around effort in a pair of wins last week gave the Yale freshman her third Rookie of the Week honor, and the seventh such honor for the Bulldog program in 2010.
The rookie outside hitter posted a team-best 22 kills in two victories last weekend and helped the Bulldogs maintain their first-place position in the Ivy League. In addition to averaging 3.67 kills per set, Reetz added 20 digs, six total blocks and two service aces in wins over Harvard and Dartmouth. Reetz ended a 3-0 win over the Big Green with her team-best ninth kill of the night. She also added nine digs, one block solo and two block assists against Dartmouth. The next night against Harvard, she had a match-high 13 kills, hit .414 for the match, tallied 11 digs, two block assists and one block solo.
Reetz enters play this week ranked sixth in the Ivy League in kills per set with 3.04.
Monique Roberts, Columbia, JR, MB (Cicero, N.Y.)
2.60 kps, .415%, 1 SA, 2 BS, 7 BA - Team: 1-2
Bridget Hearst, Yale, JR, OPP (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
2.83 kps, .333%, 1.83 dps, 4 BA - Team: 2-0
Taylor Doctor, Harvard, SO, OH (Los Altos, Calif.)
3.62 kps, .353%, 1.12 dps, 1 SA, 1BA - Team: 1-1
Alexandra Rieckhoff, Brown, FR, S (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
10.78 aps, 3.33 dps, 1 BS, 5 BA - Team: 1-1
Lydia Rudnick, Princeton, SO, OH (Encinitas, Calif.)
5.38 kps, .286%, 2.50 dps, 2 SA, 2 BS, 3 BA - Team: 1-1
Friday, Nov. 12
*Princeton at Dartmouth, 6 pm
*Yale at Columbia, 7 pm
*Penn at Harvard, 7 pm
*Brown at Cornell, 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 13
*Penn at Dartmouth, 4 pm
*Yale at Cornell, 5 pm
*Princeton at Harvard, 5 pm
*Brown at Columbia, 5 pm
Wednesday, Nov. 17
*Penn at Princeton, 7 pm
*Ivy League Contest