Photos courtesy of Princeton Athletic Communications (Noel Valero), Brown Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity.
PRINCETON, N.J. -- With successful sweeps of Harvard and Dartmouth last weekend, the Yale Bulldogs claimed the top spot in the Ivy League women's volleyball standings.
The defending champs downed Harvard on Friday night by scores of 25-17, 25-15 and 25-18, followed by a sweep of Dartmouth on Saturday by scores of 25-23, 25-19 and 25-12. Along with extending their Ivy League match winning streak to 17 straight, Yale has also won 18 consecutive sets against Ivy League foes dating back to last year.
Overall, Yale sits at 9-3 on the season with the losses coming against three teams ranked in this week's AVCA Top 25 -- Penn State, Stanford and Missouri (which is one of three unbeaten teams remaining nationally).
Princeton, Brown and Cornell sit in a tie for second at 2-1 currently. The Tigers lost at Cornell on Friday, but bounced back to beat Columbia on Saturday. Cornell nearly came out of the weekend with a share of first place. But after beating Princeton on Friday, the Big Red couldn't close out against Penn on Saturday, dropping the final two sets in a 3-2 loss.
Brown earned an Ivy weekend sweep to snap a three-match losing skid -- the Bears' first Ivy weekend sweep since November 2007. After a midweek loss to Rhode Island, the Bears bounced back and beat both Dartmouth and Harvard in five sets. Thea Derrough led the way with three double-digit kill performances, including a career-high 20 kills in Saturday's win over the Crimson. Derrough totaled 42 kills while hitting .371 over the three matches, and recorded Brown's first 20-kill contest since Katrina Post notched 21 kills against Cornell on Oct. 28, 2011. The upstart Bears host Princeton and Penn this weekend.
One bright spot in Harvard's tough weekend was freshman Corinne Bain's performance at Brown. The Manhattan Beach, Calif. native recorded Harvard's first-ever triple-doule with 15 kills, 33 assists and 11 digs. Among her six double-doubles this year, Bain nearly had a triple-double twice, missing by just one dig.
This weekend, Ancient Eight squads continue their traditional Friday-Saturday slates. All eight matches from around the League will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network and can be watched simulataneously with the network's quad-view screen.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale sophomore middle blocker Jesse Ebner (Portola Valley, Calif.) hit .533 with 20 kills in Yale's two three-set sweeps over the weekend. Ebner had 11 kills on 15 attempts in the 3-0 win over Harvard and added nine kills on 15 attempts in the sweep of Dartmouth on Saturday. She had three aces in the win over Harvard and accounted for 15 points in the match. She also had seven digs against Dartmouth. Ebner is now hitting .403 for the season, second-best in the Ancient Eight.
Ebner's Weekly Stats
2 MP, 6 SP, 20 kills, 3.33 k/set, .533 hitting pct., 10 digs, 3 aces, 25.0 pts.
Brown senior outside hitter Thea Derrough (La Jolla, Calif.) played a big part in Brown's weekend sweep of Harvard and Dartmouth -- the Bears' first Ivy weekend sweep since November 2007. Derrough had 42 kills in her three matches last week, 20 of them coming in a five-set win over Harvard in which she hit .421. Her 20 kills were the most by a Bear since Oct. 28, 2011. For the week, she hit .371 with just nine errors in 89 attempts and added 10 blocks.
Derrough's Weekly Stats
3 MP, 15 SP, 42 kills, 2.80 k/set, .371 hitting pct., 10 blks, 47.0 pts.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton outside hitter Cara Mattaliano (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) had 27 kills in two matches over the weekend, hitting .239. Mattaliano had a team-best 17 kills in a four-set win at Columbia on Saturday, which also equalled her season-high. Along with her 10 kills in a loss at Cornell on Friday night, Mattaliano now has seven matches with double-digit kills this season.
Mattaliano's Weekly Stats
2 MP, 8 SP, 27 kills, 3.86 k/set, .239 hitting pct., 3 aces, 10 digs, 31.0 points
Corinne Bain, Harvard (Fr., S - Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
2 MP, 8 SP, 16 kills, 2.00 k/set, .225 hitting pct., 41 ast., 4 aces, 19 sigs, 22.5 pts. (first triple-double in Harvard history)
Nicole Kincade, Princeton (Jr., MB - Franklin
2 MP, 8 SP, 12 kills, .263 hitting pct., 18 blks, 24.0 pts.
Amanda Nickel, Brown (Sr., RS - Corona Del Mar,
3 MP, 15 SP, 44 kills, 2.93 k/set, .363 hitting pct., 8 digs, 5 blks., 46.5 pts.
Rachel D'Epagnier, Cornell (Sr., MB -
2 MP, 9 SP, 20 kills, 2.22 k/set, .292 hitting pct., 12 blks., 28.0 pts.
Alex Caldwell, Penn (Sr., S - San Jose,
3 MP, 14 SP, 29 kills, 2.07 k/set, .234 hitting pct., 85 ast., 20 digs, 6 blks, 35.0 pts.
Mollie Rogers, Yale (Jr., OH - San Diego,
2 MP. 6 SP, 25 kills, 4.17 k/set, .270 hitting pct., 13 digs, 27.5 pts.
NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (Through Oct. 6):
TEAM (Top 30)
Aces Per Set: 4. Yale, 1.93
INDIVIDUAL (Top 50)
Aces Per Set: 5. Corinne Baine (Harvard), 0.61; 7. Kendall Polan (Yale), 0.56; 30. Maddie Lord (Brown), 0.44
Blocks Per Set: 37. Elisa Scudder (Dartmouth), 1.29
Digs Per Set: 26. Natasha Rowland (Cornell), 5.06
Hitting Pct.: 29. Tiana Woolridge (Princeton), .404; 31. Jess Ebner (Yale), .403
Friday, October 11
*Penn at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
*Cornell at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
*Columbia at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, October 12
*Penn at Brown, 5 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Yale, 5 pm [IVY]
*Columbia at Harvard, 5 pm [IVY]
*Cornell at Dartmouth, 5 pm [IVY]
*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
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
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||October 16, 2012
|Penn||October 30, 2012
|Princeton||October 1, 2013
|Yale||October 8, 2013*
||Jesse Ebner, Yale
|Rookie of the Week
|Brown||September 6, 2011||Maddie Lord
|Columbia||September 18, 2012*
|Cornell||October 5, 2010||Rachel D'Epagnier|
|Dartmouth||September 24, 2013*||Emily Astarita|
|Harvard||September 24, 2013*
|Penn||October 2, 2012
|Princeton||October 8, 2013
|Yale||September 17, 2013