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Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Week 9

Yale's Kendall Polan (left), Cornell's Sarah Kramer (middle) and Dartmouth's Emily Astarita (right)

Updated Women's Volleyball Statistics through Oct. 28 

Photos courtesy of Yale Sports Publicity, Cornell Athletic Communications and Dartmouth Varsity Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- As the second half of the Ivy slate got underway last weekend, Yale lengthened its lead and came another step closer to its fourth-straight Ivy title.

The Bulldogs won their 22nd straight Ivy match on Saturday, sweeping Brown in three sets. That came on the heels of Harvard's five-set setback at Dartmouth on Friday night, giving the Bulldogs a three-match lead in the Ancient Eight standings. Harvard and Yale will meet this Saturday.

The Bulldogs still own the third-longest active conference winning streak in the country (22) behind Morehead State, winners of 32 straight Ohio Valley Conference matches, and LIU Brooklyn, which has won 27 straight Northeast Conference matches.  Yale's 22-straight League wins are the most in Ivy League women's volleyball history. Since the double round-robin schedule format began in 2001, Penn won 20 straight League matches in 2002-03 and Princeton had won 19 consecutive Ivy matches during the 2006, 2007 and 2008 campaigns. Yale's last loss in Ivy play came on Nov. 12, 2011, a 3-2 setback at Dartmouth to close out the regular season. 

Yale's three out-of-conference losses this season have come at the hands of No. 2-ranked Penn State, No. 6 Stanford and No. 7 Missouri, which is one of two unbeatens left in the nation (25-0). The Bulldogs were ranked No. 44 in this week's release of the NCAA RPI with all three of the losses coming against Top 10 RPI squads (Penn State 2, Stanford 5, Missouri 6). 

Dartmouth's five-set upset of Harvard was sparked by freshman Emily Astarita's 17 kills. Paige Caridi also had 16 kills. The Big Green bounced back from a 3-0 loss at Harvard earlier this season and pulled to 10-10 overall on the season (a year removed from going just 2-22).

Penn topped Princeton, 3-0, on Friday night to earn its 10th win of the year. Ten was the magic number of the night as the Quakers had 10 service aces in the win, five of them coming from Dani Shepherd. Shepherd ranks eighth all-time in Ivy history in digts, now with 1,625. 

Cornell outlasted Columbia in a five-set win on Saturday. The Big Red had five different players record double-digit kills in the match, led by Breanna Wong's career-high tying 19. She also had a career-high 16 digs. Four of Cornell's eight Ivy matches have gone to five sets this season, including both with Columbia. Overall, nine of the Big Red's 18 matches have gone the distance this season (4-5 mark in those five-setters). 

This weekend, Ancient Eight squads are back to a full weekend slate of matches. Seven of the eight contests from around the League will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK 
Yale senior setter Kendall Polan (Cardiff, Calif.) had 31 assists, eight digs and three service aces in the Bulldogs' three-set sweep of Brown. Her three aces moved her up to 10th nationally in aces per set (0.51). The win ran Yale's Ivy record winning streak to 22 straight League matches.

Polan is the fourth different Bulldog to win at least a share of Player of the Week honors in the last four weeks. 

Polan's Weekly Stats
1 MP, 3 SP, 3 kills, 1.00 k/set, .333 hitting pct., 31 ast., 8 digs, 3 aces, 7.0 pts.

CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell outside hitter Sarah Kramer (San Dimas, Calif.) hit .367 as and nearly logged her second double-double in the process as the Big Red defeated Columbia. Kramer had 14 kills and just three errors on 30 swings in the win over the Lions. She also added nine digs and a pair of blocks. Kramer is the first Big Red player to win Rookie of the Week honors since October 5, 2010.

Kramer's Weekly Stats
1 MP, 5 SP, 14 kills, 2.80 k/set, .367 hitting pct., 1 ace, 9 digs, 16.0 points

CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth's freshman outside hitter Emily Astarita (Setauket, N.Y.) played a big role in the Big Green's upset of Harvard last weekend. Astarita had a match-high and season-high 17 kills to go along with seven digs and two blocks. It was her third straight match with double-digit kills and eighth in the last 11 outings.

Astarita's Weekly Stats
1 MP, 5 SP, 17 kills, 3.40 k/set, .227 hitting pct., 7 digs, 18.5 points

 

HONOR ROLL
Dani Shepherd, Penn (Sr., L - Los Angeles, Calif.)
1 MP, 3 SP, 16 digs, five aces

Nicole Kincade, Princeton (Jr., MB - Franklin Lakes, N.J.)
1 MP, 3 SP, 13 kills, 4.33 k/set, .429 hitting pct., 14.0 pts.

Katarina Jovicic, Columbia (So., MH - Toronto, Ontario)
1 MP, 5 SP, 13 kills, 2.60 k/set, .571 hitting pct., 15.0 pts.

Breanna Wong, Cornell (So., RS - Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
1 MP, 5 SP, 19 kills, 3.80 k/set, .192 hitting pct., 16 digs, 20.0 pts.

Zoe Jacobs, Columbia (Fr., OH - New York)
1 MP, 5 SP, 15 kills, 3.00 k/set, .342 hitting pct., 16.0 pts. 

 

NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (Through Oct. 27):

TEAM (Top 30)
Aces Per Set: 2. Yale, 1.88; 30. Harvard 1.57
Digs Per Set: 27. Yale 16.66
Hitting Pct.: 27. Yale, .262 
Winning Pct.: 19. Yale, .824 

INDIVIDUAL (Top 50)
Aces Per Set: 5. Corinne Baine (Harvard), 0.59; 10. Kendall Polan (Yale), 0.51; 37. Maddie Lord (Brown), 0.40
Digs Per Set: 21. Natasha Rowland (Cornell), 5.16
Hitting Pct.: 15. Jesse Ebner (Yale), .422

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, November 1
*Brown at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
*Columbia at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
*Cornell at Penn, 7 pm [IVY] 

Saturday, November 2
*Brown at Dartmouth, 5 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Harvard, 5 pm
*Columbia at Penn, 5 pm [IVY]
*Cornell at Princeton, 5 pm [IVY] 

KEY
*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 

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

 

WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY
Player of the Week
School Last Occurrence Player
Brown October 8, 2013*
Thea Derrough
Columbia October 23, 2012* Megan Gaughn
Cornell September 17, 2013*
Breanna Wong
Dartmouth September 17, 2013* Paige Caridi
Harvard October 22, 2012*
Corinne Bain
Penn October 30, 2012
Dani Sheperd
Princeton October 1, 2013
Kendall Peterkin
Yale October 29, 2013*
Kendall Polan
     
Rookie of the Week
School
Last Occurrence Player
Brown September 6, 2011 Maddie Lord
Columbia September 18, 2012*
Atlanta Moye-McLauren
Cornell October 29, 2013* Sarah Kramer
Dartmouth October 29, 2013* Emily Astarita
Harvard October 22, 2013*
Corinne Bain
Penn October 2, 2012
Alex Caldwell
Princeton October 8, 2013
Cara Mattaliano
Yale October 22, 2013*
Brittani Steinberg

*Shared honor