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Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Week 7

Penn's Amanda Pacheco (top left), Princeton's Lydia Rudnick (bottom left), Harvard's Teresa Skelly (right)
Penn's Amanda Pacheco (top left), Princeton's Lydia Rudnick (bottom left), Harvard's Teresa Skelly (right)

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- When the dust settled on last week's slate of Ivy action, Princeton (8-6, 3-0), Penn (6-9, 2-1) and Harvard (5-11, 2-2) all came away with 2-0 records while Columbia (10-4, 2-2) and Dartmouth (12-3, 3-1) split a pair of matches and the three remaining teams fell twice.

Princeton's perfect week puts the Tigers alone atop the Ivy standings, heading into this week when they will host Harvard and Dartmouth in Dillon Gym. The Big Green sit just behind the Tigers in the standings, so Saturday's match, along with Dartmouth's Friday match at Penn, will be key for the League's top teams.

Brown (6-10, 0-4) hosts Columbia and Cornell (3-10, 1-3) and will be seeking its first Ivy win against the Lions and Big Red. Yale (8-7, 2-2) also hosts Cornell and Columbia and will look to bounce back after dropping decisive matches at Penn and Princeton last week.

In a week where three Ivy squads had big 2-0 weekends, Penn's Amanda Pacheco (Long Beach, Calif.) and Princeton's Lydia Rudnick (Encinitas, Calif.) stood above the rest, earning Co-Player of the Week honors for their efforts.

Pacheco had the best Ivy weekend of her career in leading the Quakers to four-set victories over Yale and Brown. Leading 23-21 in the fourth set against the Bulldogs, Pacheco recorded kills on two of the match's final three points to clinch the victory for Penn. She finished the match hitting .370 with 13 kills, five blocks and four digs. Pacheco was stellar against Brown as well, hitting a team-high .450 with 11 kills, six digs and four total blocks. For the weekend she hit .404 with 3.0 kills and 1.12 blocks per set. On the season, the sophomore middle blocker leads the Ivy League in hitting (.344) and averages 2.40 kills and .62 blocks per set.

Rudnick earns Player of the Week honors for the second consecutive week, this time after leading Princeton to a sweep of Brown and Yale by recording 4.11 kills and 1.67 digs per set. Against Brown, the sophomore outside hitter collected her third 20-plus kill match of the season, finishing with 21 kills to go along with seven digs and three block assists as the Tigers came from behind to force a fifth set, then powered their way to a 15-4 win in that decisive set for the 3-2 win. One day later, Rudnick tallied 16 kills, eight digs, one service ace and two blocks as Princeton remained the lone unbeaten in the Ivy League with a 3-1 win over Yale. On the season, Rudnick is averaging a League-best 4.12 kills per set, which also ranks 29th in the nation.

Teresa Skelly (Palo Alto, Calif.) earns Harvard's first Rookie of the Week honors of the 2010 season after leading the Crimson to a pair of Ivy wins last week.

Skelly was a force at the net as Harvard won two straight for the first time this year, a 3-2 final over Columbia and a 3-1 win over Cornell. Trailing two sets to none against the Lions, Skelly helped power the Crimson to the big comeback win, finishing the match with eight kills and a team-high five blocks, including two solo efforts. The following day against the Big Red, Skelly put down five kills and again led the team with six blocks as Harvard battled back from a 1-0 deficit in the four-set win. Her 11 blocks on the weekend bring Skelly's season total to a team-best 49, giving her 0.92 per set.

Taylor Docter, Harvard, SO, OH (Los Altos, Calif.)
3.11 kps, .377%, 1.11 dps, 6 SA, 3 BA - Team: 2-0

Megan Gaughn, Columbia, SO, OH (Winter Park, Fla.)
5.22 kps, .252%, 3.11 dps, 1 SA, 2 BA - Team: 1-1

Kelly Hanson, Cornell, JR, RS (San Diego, Calif.)
3.11 kps, .302%, 6 BA - Team: 0-2

Kelly Ozurovich, Yale, SR, L (Playa Del Rey, Calif.)
6.00 dps - Team: 0-2

Kendall Polan, Yale, FR, S (Cardiff, Calif.)
8.25 aps, 1.75 kps, .216%, 3.12 dps, 1 SA, 1 BS - Team: 0-2

Friday, Oct. 15
*Columbia at Brown, 7 pm
*Harvard at Princeton, 7 pm
*Cornell at Yale, 7 pm
*Dartmouth at Penn, 7 pm

Saturday, Oct. 16
*Dartmouth at Princeton, 4 pm
*Cornell at Brown, 4 pm
*Harvard at Penn, 5 pm
*Columbia at Yale, 6 pm

*Ivy League Contest