PRINCETON, N.J. -- Eight Ivy matches are on the
slate this week as all eight teams play a pair of League opponents,
which should begin to shake up the standings.
Dartmouth and Yale enter the week atop the Ivy standings, each at 2-0. The Big Green host Cornell and Columbia this week, each of which stand at 1-1 in League play. Yale hits the road to take on 2009 Ivy champ Penn, followed by Princeton. Penn will be seeking it’s first Ivy win when it hosts Yale.
Along with the Quakers, Brown and Harvard will also be seeking their first League win of the season this week. Brown travels to Princeton and Penn while Harvard hosts Columbia and Cornell.
Dartmouth continues to hold the League’s best overall record, entering the week at 11-2. The 11 wins matches its season-total from 2009 and gives the Big Green a solid chance at surpassing their best win total of the decade (15-9 in 2007).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton took down defending Ivy champion Penn in a 3-2, come-from-behind victory, largely thanks to the arm of sophomore Lydia Rudnick (Encinitas, Calif.) who has earned her first career Player of the Week honors.
The sophomore outside hitter smashed a career-high, and 2010 Ivy League high, 26 kills in the match, including the final two kills of fifth set to put the match away. Rudnick added 12 digs, giving her five double-doubles on the year. She also had a pair of blocks and hit an even .300, which marked the fifth time this season she has hit .300 or better in a match.
Rudnick’s numbers boosted her season averages as well, pushing her kills per set average up to a League-leading 4.12, which is also good for No. 30 nationally. On the year she has also added 2.88 digs per set.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman Rachel D’Epagnier (Coopersburg, Pa.) posted her first-ever double-double with 11 kills and 11 blocks in the Big Red’s match against Columbia last week, earning the program’s first Rookie of the Week honors since the 2007 season.
D’Epagnier’s achievement was one for the record books for both Cornell and Columbia. Her 11 single-match block assists rank ninth in Big Red history and are the most block assists registered by a Cornell player since 2008. On the flip side, D’Epagnier’s performance came as the Big Red halted Columbia’s school-record win streak at nine.
The rookie middle blocker also hit a team-best .450 (11-2-20) for the match and now averages 1.33 kills and 1.29 blocks per set on the season.
Megan Gaughn, Columbia, SO, OH (Winter Park, Fla.)
3.25 KPS, .135%, 3.62 DPS, 2 BA - Team: 1-1
Deveney Pula, Cornell, SO, OH (Long Beach, Calif.)
4.60 KPS, .298%, 3.60 DPS - Team: 1-0
Madeline Rumer, Columbia, FR, MB (Santa Rosa Valley, Calif.)
3.14 KPS, .314%, 1.00 DPS, 2 SA, 1 BS, 10 BA - Team: 1-1
Teresa Skelly, Harvard, FR, MB (Palo Alto, Calif.)
1.89 KPS, .421%, 1 BS, 6 BA
Haley Wessels, Yale, SO, MB (Dallas, Texas)
2.88 KPS, .370%, 5 Digs, 1 BS, 4 BA - Team: 2-0
Madison Wojciechowski, Penn, SR, L (Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
5.62 DPS, 1 SA - Team: 0-2
Friday, Oct. 8
*Columbia at Harvard, 7 pm
*Yale at Penn, 7 pm
*Brown at Princeton, 7 pm
*Cornell at Dartmouth, 7 pm
Saturday, Oct. 9
*Yale at Princeton, 4 pm
*Brown at Penn, 5 pm
*Cornell at Harvard, 6 pm
*Columbia at Dartmouth, 7 pm
*Ivy League Contest