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Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Week 4

Yale's Jesse Ebner (left) and Brown's Thea Derrough (right)
Yale's Jesse Ebner (left) and Brown's Thea Derrough (right)

Updated Women's Volleyball Statistics through Sept. 22 

Photo courtesy of Brown Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League women's volleyball teams have a light calendar this week as Ivy League play begins.

Only five matches are on the docket this week, four of them kicking off Ancient Eight action this coming weekend. All five matches are on the schedule for The Ivy League® Digital Network, including Cornell's debut.

Two Ivies took on nationally-ranked foes over the weekend as Yale faced top-ranked Penn State at Rec Hall on Saturday night and Dartmouth (7-4) hosted ninth-ranked Minnesota during its tournament Saturday. Yale (6-3) saw a four-match winning streak halted in the loss to the Nittany Lions. The Bulldogs' three losses have come at the hands of Missouri, No. 7 Stanford and No. 1 Penn State.

Penn was also riding a four-match winning streak over the weekend, but dropped a 3-1 decision to host Villanova on Saturday night. The Quakers (5-5) had won three five-setters in that streak and have recorded four of their five wins this season in five-set matches. 

Harvard (5-3) defeated cross-city rival Boston College for the first time since 2002 on Saturday night. the Crimson hit a red-hot .452 in the first three sets and then held on for a 25-23 win in the clincher for a four-set win. 

In the first Ivy action of the year, Harvard hosts Dartmouth and Princeton hosts Penn on Friday night. Yale hosts Brown and Cornell hosts Columbia on Saturday. 


Brown senior Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) hit .328 last week as the Bears went 2-1 at the Temple Invitattional. Derrough was steady throughout with 28 kills and seven blocks, including a 10-kill, six-block outing in a win over Delaware State. She is the first Bear to win Player of the Week since September 2010. 

Derrough's Weekly Stats
3 MP, 11 SP, 28 kills, 2.55 k/set, .328 hitting pct., 31.5 pts.

Yale sophomore Jesse Ebner (Portola Valley, Calif.) helped the Bulldogs to a 2-1 week at the Penn State Classic, earning all-tournament honors. She had 27 kills and hit .321 on the weekend, including a double-double against Eastern Kentucky with 16 kills and 10 digs to go along with four aces and four blocks. 

Ebner's Weekly Stats
3 MP, 11 SP, 28 kills, 2.55 k/set, .328 hitting pct., 31.5 pts.

Dartmouth oustide hitter Emily Astarita (Setauket, N.Y.) recorded back-to-back double-doubles, including an impressive showing against ninth-ranked Minnesota. After seeing limited action on Friday, Astarita had 11 kills and 11 digs in a four-set win over New Hampshire to begin her Saturday. She closed out the weekend by hitting .429 against the Gophers with 14 kills and 12 digs in a three-set loss to the nation's No. 9-ranked squad.     

Astarita's Weekly Stats
4 MP, 9 SP, 26 kills, 2.89 k/set, .224 hitting pct., 23 digs, 29.0 points

Harvard outside hitter Grace Weghorst (Austin, Texas) hit .224 on the week and had 11 kills in Harvard's four-set win over Boston College on Saturday night. It was the first time the Crimson beat the Eagles since 2002.    

Weghorst's Weekly Stats
3 MP, 8 SP, 21 kills, 2.62 k/set, .224 hitting pct., five aces, 26.0 points

Nicole Kincade, Princeton (Jr., MB - Franklin Lakes, N.J.)
3 MP, 11 SP, 25 kills, 2.27 k/set, .354 hitting pct., 10 blks, 34.5 pts.

Kathleen Wallace, Harvard (So., OH - San Francisco)
3 MP, 8 SP, 21 kills, 2.62 k/set, .400 hitting pct., 23.0 pts.

Caroline Walters, Harvard (Jr., MB - San Mateo, Calif.)
3 MP, 10 SP, 21 kills, 2.10 k/set, .326 hitting pct., 12 blks, 28.5 pts.

Kristen Etterbeek, Penn (Sr., OH - Holland, Mich.)
3 MP, 12 SP, 30 kills, 2.50 k/set, .289 hitting pct., 16 digs, 33.0 pts.

Savannah Fletcher, Columbia (Sr., MB - Freeland, Wash.)
3 MP, 12 SP, 27 kills, 2.25 k/set, .345 hitting pct., 10 blks, 33.5 pts.

Peyton Smith, Brown (Fr., MB - Atherton, Calif.)
3 MP, 11 SP, 22 kills, 2.00 k/set, .319 hitting pct., 13 blks, 29.0 pts.

Jennifer Petrovich, Columbia (Fr., S - Sacramento, Calif.)
3 MP, 12 SP, .308 hitting pct., 134 assists, 30 digs, 10.5 pts.


TEAM (Top 30)
Aces Per Set: 6. Yale, 1.97, 30. Brown, 1.68
Digs Per Set: 12. Dartmouth, 17.35

Aces Per Set: 5. Kendall Polan (Yale), 0.63; 7. Corinne Baine (Harvard), 0.61; 10. Maddie Lord (Brown), 0.56; 20. Kendall Peterkin (Princeton), 0.50
Blocks Per Set: 6. Elisa Scudder (Dartmouth), 1.53

Tuesday, September 24
New Hampshire at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]

Friday, September 27
*Dartmouth at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
*Penn at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]

Saturday, September 28
*Columbia at Cornell, 2 pm [IVY]
*Brown at Yale, 5 pm [IVY] 

*Ivy League match
[IVY] match to be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network

September 10 - Kelly Johnson, Yale
September 17 - Breanna Wong, Cornell /  Paige Caridi, Dartmouth
September 24 - Thea Derrough, Brown / Jesse Ebner, Yale 

September 10  - Corinne Bain, Harvard
September 17 - Brittani Steinberg, Yale
September 24 - Grace Weghorst, Harvard / Emily Astarita, Dartmouth 

Player of the Week
School Last Occurrence Player
Brown September 24, 2013*
Thea Derrough
Columbia October 23, 2012* Megan Gaughn
Cornell September 17, 2013*
Breanna Wong
Dartmouth September 17, 2013* Paige Caridi
Harvard October 16, 2012
Taylor Docter
Penn October 30, 2012
Dani Sheperd
Princeton October 2, 2012
Lydia Rudnick
Yale September 24, 2013*
Jesse Ebner, Yale
Rookie of the Week
Last Occurrence Player
Brown September 6, 2011 Maddie Lord
Columbia September 18, 2012*
Atlanta Moye-McLauren
Cornell October 5, 2010 Rachel D'Epagnier
Dartmouth September 24, 2013* Emily Astarita
Harvard September 24, 2013*
Grace Weghorst
Penn October 2, 2012
Alex Caldwell
Princeton October 30, 2012*
Kendall Peterkin
Yale September 17, 2013
Brittani Steinberg

*Shared honor