Photos courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications, Yale Sports Publicity and Harvard Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Yale wrapped up its fourth straight Ivy League title on Saturday night, earning its third consecutive automatic bid to the NCAA Championship next month.
The Bulldogs (17-4, 11-1 Ivy, No. 50 RPI) defeated Cornell in three sets on Saturday evening to clinch no worse than a tie for the title - their 32nd straight home win in Ivy action. Then, an hour later when Penn defeated Harvard in five sets in Cambridge, the celebration could officially begin.
It is Yale's seventh overall Ivy title, six of them coming under current head coach Erin Appleman. The Bulldogs become the first team to win four consecutive League titles since regular season round robin play began in 1987 and only the second in Ivy League women's volleyball history. Yale is just the second team in the round robin era to win three consecutive titles outright, joining Cornell (1991-93).
During its current four-year run, Yale is now 49-5 in Ivy matches.
Penn's win at Harvard ran the Quakers' winning streak to six straight matches. The surging Quakers are suddenly tied for second in the Ivy standings with Harvard at 8-4. Alexis Genske had a career-high 20 kills in the five-set win over the Crimson to record her four straight match with double-double and fifth in the last six outings.
Brown recorded a weekend sweep of Cornell and Columbia behind the strong play of Amanda Nickel. Nickel hit .387 for the weekend, logging 18 kills against Cornell and 11 against Columbia. She also had five blocks against the Big Red on Friday night. The wins assured Brown (11-12, 7-5 Ivy) of at least a .500 record in League play this season, something the Bears haven't done since going 9-5 in 2005. The Bears haven't had a .500 or better overall final record since 2001 (14-10), but could achieve that this weekend with wins at Penn and Princeton.
This weekend, Ancient Eight squads play a full weekend slate of matches. All eight contests from around the League will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn sophomore outside hitter Alexis Genske (Altadenda, Calif.) had a career-high 20 kills and two more double-doubles over the weekend as the Quakers ran their winning streak to six straight matches and pulled into a tie for second in the Ivy standings with a pair of road wins. Genske had 13 kills and 12 digs in Penn's four-set win at Dartmouth on Friday night. She followed that up with 20 kills and 12 digs in the Quakers' five-set win at Harvard on Saturday. She closed out the win with five of the squad's 13 kills in the decisive fifth set.
Genske's Weekly Stats
2 MP, 9 SP, 33 kills, 3.67 k/set, .243 hitting pct., 24 digs, 1 aces, 5 blks., 36.5 pts.
Yale's junior outside hitter Mollie Rogers (San Diego) hit .429 with 16 kills on Saturday night as the Bulldogs clinched their fourth-straight Ivy League title. Rogers hit .333 for the weekend with 23 kills and just three errors on 60 attacks. She also added 23 digs, recording double-digits in both matches.
Rogers becomes the fifth different Bulldog to earn Player of the Week honors this season.
Rogers' Weekly Stats
2 MP, 6 SP, 23 kills, 3.83 k/set, .333 hitting pct., 23 digs, 3 aces, 2 blks., 27.5 pts.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard setter Corrine Bain (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) logged another triple-double over the weekend as the Crimson went 1-1. Bain had a double-double in Harvard's three-set win over Princeton on Friday night (20 assists, 15 digs) and then recorded her league-leading fifth triple-double in a five-set loss to Penn with 14 kills, 25 assists and 13 digs. For the weekend, Bain hit .378 with 21 kills and just four errors on 45 attempts. She also added 45 assists and 28 digs in eight sets of action. Bain now has 13 double-doubles on the year.
It is Bain's fourth Rookie of the Week honor this season.
Bain's Weekly Stats
2 MP, 8 SP, 21 kills, 2.62 k/set, .378 hitting pct., 45 assists, 3 aces, 28 digs, 4 blks., 26.0 points
Kristen Etterbeek, Penn (Sr., OH - Holland,
2 MP, 9 SP, 25 kills, 2.78 k/set, .273 hitting pct., 35 digs, 3.89 d/set, 26.5 pts.
Maddie Lord, Brown (Jr., OH - La Jolla,
2 MP, 8 SP, 25 kills, 3.12 k/set, .254 hitting pct., 13 digs, 25.0 pts.
Rachel D'Epagnier, Cornell (Sr., MB -
2 MP, 8 SP, 24 kills, 3.00 k/set, .291 hitting pct., 4 blks, 26.5 pts.
Brittani Steinberg, Yale (Fr., OH -
2 MP, 6 SP, 24 kills, 4.00 k/set, .422 hitting pct., 24.5 pts.
Cara Mattaliano, Princeton
(Fr., OH - Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
2 MP, 8 SP, 32 kills, 4.00 k/set, .214 hitting pct., 30 digs, 35.0 pts.
Amanda Nickel, Brown (Sr., RS
- Corona Del Mar, Calif.)
2 MP, 8 SP, 29 kills, 3.62 k/set, .387 hitting pct., 8 blks, 33.0 pts.
NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (Through Nov. 10):
TEAM (Top 30)
Aces Per Set: 5. Yale, 1.82
Hitting Pct.: 26. Yale, .262
Winning Pct.: 23. Yale, .810
INDIVIDUAL (Top 50)
Aces Per Set: 6. Corinne Baine (Harvard), 0.54; 17. Kendall Polan (Yale), 0.45; 46. Elisa Scudder (Dartmouth), 0.39
Digs Per Set: 11. Dani Shepherd (Penn), 5.49, 32. Natasha Rowland (Cornell), 4.99
Friday, November 15
*Yale at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
*Brown at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Columbia, 7 pm [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Cornell, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, November 16
*Brown at Princeton, 5 pm [IVY]
*Harvard at Cornell, 5 pm [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Columbia, 5 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
Tuesday, November 26
Yale at Stony Brook, 5 pm
(END OF REGULAR SEASON)
*Ivy League match
[IVY] match to be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
September 10 - Kelly Johnson, Yale
September 17 - Breanna Wong, Cornell / Paige Caridi, Dartmouth
September 24 - Thea Derrough, Brown / Jesse Ebner, Yale
October 1 - Kendall Peterkin, Princeton
October 8 - Thea Derrough, Brown / Jesse Ebner, Yale
October 15 - Kelly Johnson, Yale
October 22 - Corinne Bain, Harvard / Brittani Steinberg, Yale
October 29 - Kendall Polan, Yale
November 5 - Kathleen Wallace, Harvard
November 12 - Alexis Genske, Penn / Mollie Rogers, Yale
ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
September 10 - Corinne Bain, Harvard
September 17 - Brittani Steinberg, Yale
September 24 - Grace Weghorst, Harvard / Emily Astarita, Dartmouth
October 1 - Lauren Miller, Princeton
October 8 - Cara Mattaliano, Princeton
October 15 - Molly Kornfeind, Dartmouth
October 22 - Corinne Bain, Harvard / Brittani Steinberg, Yale
October 29 - Emily Astarita, Dartmouth / Sarah Kramer, Cornell
November 5 - Corinne Bain, Harvard / Cara Mattaliano, Princeton
November 12 - Corinne Bain, Harvard
WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY
|Player of the Week
|Brown||October 8, 2013*
|Columbia||October 23, 2012*||Megan Gaughn|
|Cornell||September 17, 2013*
|Dartmouth||September 17, 2013*||Paige Caridi
|Harvard||November 5, 2013
|Penn||November 12, 2013*
|Princeton||October 1, 2013
|Yale||November 12, 2013*
|Rookie of the Week
|Brown||September 6, 2011||Maddie Lord
|Columbia||September 18, 2012*
|Cornell||October 29, 2013*||Sarah Kramer|
|Dartmouth||October 29, 2013*||Emily Astarita|
|Harvard||November 12, 2013
|Penn||October 2, 2012
|Princeton||November 5, 2013*
|Yale||October 22, 2013*