Last night, the women’s volleyball team traveled to Syracuse, but came back empty-handed.
Riding a three-match win streak into the night, the Red faced a tough squad of Orangewomen.
In the first game, Cornell (11-6 overall, 4-1 Ivy) displayed the talent it used over the weekend to grab first place in the league. Out hitting the Orangewomen 27-17, the Red took an early 8-3 lead, only to see a rally-effort by Syracuse to come within two points at a score of 12-10. But Cornell capitalized on kills by freshman outside hitter Debbie Quibell and junior outside hitter Jennifer Borncamp to take a 1-0 lead in the match with a 15-10 win in the game.
In game two, the train ran out of steam for the Red as Syracuse pounded out a 15-3 win. The game featured kills by seven different Syracuse players and a negative hitting percentage from the Red as it combined for more errors (9) than kills (7).
Senior middle blocker Robin Moore put up 5 kills in round three, but the Red could not regain control of the court. The third game was tough for Cornell as the team committed a match-high 12 errors, but did manage to generate 12 kills to even its mistakes.
The beginning of the fourth game saw the return of the Cornell squad that dominated in game one. The Red tied the score at 5-all and went up 7-5 on a kill by junior right side hitter Jaimee Reynolds and a Syracuse error, but the Red could not retain control of the game and saw the Orangewomen take the next 10 points for a 15-7 win. The Red regained some dignity with a .190 team mark in hitting.
What did in the Red was that it committed 15 more errors than Syracuse. More important than the wide margin between the two teams was the fact that Cornell’s errors started Syracuse rallies or came during the final points of the games. Take away those errors, and the score would have been more even.
Cornell’s hitting percentages in the four games were an odd mix of .340, -.074, .000, and .190. Conversely, Syracuse’s hitting marks were .214, .478, .389, and .342, a much more consistent performance. After an emotion-filled weekend with two Ivy wins and Moore tallying her 1000th kill, the team was in recovery mode, this being its first mid-week match, and it may have struggled to pull together as a unit.
Despite the loss, the regulars remained consistent. Quibell knocked in a team high 18 kills, with Borncamp and Moore following for 16 and 14 kills, respectively. Borncamp was outstanding with a .324 hitting percentage in the match to bring Cornell’s team hitting to .155. Freshman setter Rachel Rice was stellar as usual, running the offense and recording 50 assists.
Cornell has two days off before it travels to Albany this Friday and Saturday for the Albany Invitational. The following weekend, the Red will travel to Pennsylvania and Princeton to wrap up its Ivy matches.
Archived article by Katherine Granish