PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ancient Eight have a busy first weekend of play, all tipping off the 2011 volleyball season with tournament play. Cornell, Penn and Yale all host tournaments on their home courts while Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton travel to face their first opponents of the season.
Reigning Co-Ivy League champion, and the League's NCAA qualifier, Penn, hosts the Big 5 Tournament at the Palestra and face off against Temple, La Salle and Villanova. The Quakers will look to some new faces to lead the squad this year following the graduation of 2010 Ivy League Player of the Year Megan Tryon, along with first team All-Ivy selections Julia Swanson and Madison Wojciechowski.
Yale, which also earned a share of the 2010 Ivy crown, opens the season against Boston College, Colgate and Utah. The Bulldogs are led by 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Kendall Polan (So., S). Yale returns four total All-Ivy selections including first teamers Polan and Bridget Hearst (Sr., RS)
Both the Quakers and Bulldogs look to get off to a strong start to the fall as they attempt to defend their League title. An Ivy championship in 2011 would be the third straight for Penn while, prior to last year's shared crown, Yale last won it outright in 2008.
Also coming off a strong season in 2010 and eyeing the top of the League standings this fall are Princeton and Columbia. The Tigers are now under the direction of Sabrina King, who has been a member of the Princeton volleyball program for 11 of the last 14 years. She led the Tigers to an Ivy League title as a player in 1997, 1999 and 2000, as well as to titles in 2004 and 2007 as an assistant coach.
Columbia tied with the Tigers for second in the Ivy standings one year ago and looks to push its way to the top of the standings, seeking its first-ever Ivy title.
Dartmouth looks to improve on its 2010 14-11 overall record and 5-9 Ivy mark under the direction of first-year head coach Erin Lindsey, a former player and assistant coach at North Caronlina.
A pair of 2010 NCAA Touranment qualifiers are on the opening weekend slate for the Ivies. Brown opens play at the Sacred Heart Invitational against the host Pioneers, who lost to No. 2 overall seed Nebraska in the NCAA opening round. Meanwhile, Cornell hosts American, which fell to Pac-12 power UCLA in a five-set match in the NCAA opening round.
Friday, September 2
1 - Princeton vs. Fairfield, 11:30 am
2 - Harvard vs. College of Charleston, 1 pm
3 - Delaware State at Cornell, 2:30 pm
1 - Princeton vs. NJIT, 4:30 pm
4 - Dartmouth vs. Manhattan, 5 pm
5 - Brown at Sacred Heart, 7 pm
6 - Boston College at Yale, 7 pm
3 - UTEP at Cornell, 7 pm
7 - Temple at Penn, 7 pm
8 - Columbia at San Francisco, 9 pm
Saturday, September 3
6 - Colgate at Yale, 11 am
5 - Brown vs. Rutgers, 11:30 am
1 - Princeton vs. St. Francis (N.Y.), Noon
2 - Harvard at Georgia State, 1 pm
3 - Niagra at Cornell, 2:30 pm
5 - Brown vs. Hartford, 2:30 pm
4 - Dartmouth vs. Fordham, 3 pm
8 - Columbia vs. Memphis, 3:30 pm
7 - La Salle at Penn, 4 pm
2 - Harvard vs. Jacksonville State, 5 pm
4 - Dartmouth at Bucknell, 5 pm
6 - Utah at Yale, 7 pm
3 - American at Cornell, 7 pm
7 - Villanova at Penn, 7 pm
1 - Princeton at Hofstra, 7:30 pm
8 - Columbia vs. Providence, 8 pm
1 - Hofstra Invitational (Long Island, N.Y.)
2 - Georgia State Inviational (Atlanta, Ga.)
3 - Cornell Invitational (Ithaca, N.Y.)
4 - Bucknell Tournament (Lewisburg, Pa.)
5 - Sacred Heart Invitational (Fairfield, Conn.)
6 - Yale Invitational (New Haven, Conn.)
7 - Big 5 Tournament (Philadelphia, Pa.)
8 - University of San Francisco Tournament (San Francisco, Calif.)