Volleyball Splits Final Weekend Against Princeton, Penn

Cornell was able to amass its most wins in a decade this past weekend, as the team split its final two games of the season against Princeton and Penn. “It was a great weekend for Cornell volleyball and a great one to end on,” said senior co-captain Alyssa Phelps. “We played one our best matches of the year Friday against Princeton and finished with a win against Penn to have one of the best records for Cornell in ten years. We finished with a .500 record, but given the last couple of years I am so proud and excited for this team.”

After being swept by Princeton (19-4, 13-1 Ivy League) earlier this season, the Red (12-12, 6-8 Ivy League) hoped to record a win this weekend against the Ivy League’s top seeded team. The opening sets certainly hinted that this match would not be another reproduction of the Red’s prior three set loss — each of the first four sets were a back and forth affair, with the second and third sets decided by a total margin of four points.

Despite a 2-5 Ivy record, five of the team's seven league games have gone to five sets, which leaves the team optimistic moving forward.

Volleyball Splits Ivy Matches Over the Weekend

The Cornell volleyball team exemplified the phrase, “Each day is a new beginning” this past weekend. Less than 24 hours after suffering a disappointing loss in five sets to Dartmouth, Cornell followed up with another five-set match — but this time with a victory over Harvard. “During the Dartmouth match, we lost a bit of our discipline and aggressiveness,” said Coach Trudy Van Berg. “We had a long talk after the match … to figure out what was going on, and against Harvard we just came out with a different feel … and the mentality that we were not going to lose this match.”

Cornell’s game against Dartmouth featured tightly contested sets for much of the match. After splitting the first two sets, the final three were decided by a combined margin of seven points.