Senior co-captain Alyssa Phelps has finished her Cornell career.

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.

The Red will go up against two very different styles of play in Penn and Princeton; regardless of what happens, this will go down as one of the Red's most successful seasons since 2008.

Volleyball Looks to Finish Season With Two Ivy Wins

In its last battles of the season, the Cornell women’s volleyball team looks to upset the Princeton Tigers on Friday and continue its winning streak against the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday. “We will have to be prepared and execute in the match but play with heart and for each other,” said head coach Trudy VandeBerg, on playing the Tigers (17-4, 11-1 Ivy). “They don’t make many mistakes and are good in all of their positions, so we will have to do the same.”

The Tigers have architected a near-flawless season and will present quite a challenge for the Red (11-11, 5-7) in its season-closer. Nevertheless, freshman setter Katie Randolph is confident in her team’s ability to stick to the plan and execute on Friday. “Princeton has done really well, but we put a lot of effort into scouting other teams,” Randolph said.

Cornell Volleyball currently sits at 9-9, hungry to get above .500.

Cornell Volleyball Sets Sights on First Winning Record Since 2006

With six games left in the season, Cornell volleyball has matched every loss with a win for an overall record of 9-9, already surpassing last year’s win total. The team has seen an upward trend in performance in the Ivy League as well, notching three wins, one more than last season’s total. Head coach Trudy Vande Berg started her second season as the head coach of the team this fall. Working with one of the younger rosters in the league last year, Vande Berg was able to match the previous year’s record of 6-18. Having some experience under the belts of the players has definitely proved beneficial, as evidenced by the team’s record thus far.