The women’s volleyball team is headed for a place in the record books this weekend, but one final match stands in the way.
Tonight will see the Red (17-8, 4-3 Ivy League) host Colgate (10-17, 8-3 Patriot League), a team it handled with which it split two matches last year.
The Red Raiders are a tough squad. After opening its season with an eight-match losing streak, during which the team was shut out in all eight matches, Colgate has improved and gone 6-2 in its most recent matches.
While the team’s 8-3 league record is solid, a breakdown of the wins gives the real story.
The eight wins came against four teams, all with losing records, and only two of those matches went beyond the third game. The three conference loses all came against teams with winning records.
However, a squad has to be skilled to garner those eight wins, and the fact that Colgate was the Patriot League Champion last year should not be overlooked.
The team is lead by senior middle hitter Laura Rohrbacher who has posted 187 kills and 197 digs on the year, along with a team-leading .251 hitting percentage and 93 blocks. The Raiders also have young talent in sophomore outside hitter Amanda Routman who leads the team in kills with 271 and digs with 277. Sophomore setter and Ithaca native Amy Rawson is Colgate’s offensive powerhouse with 613 assists, but also contributes with 92 digs.
The Red, coming off weekend sweep of Albany and St. Francis, remains focused on today’s match although the Ivy League Tournament is looming on the horizon.
“We have been working this week on fundamentals and preparing for [today’s] match,” freshman setter Rachel Rice commented. “We are definitely thinking about the Ivies, but we know [today’s] match will prepare us for the tournament.”
Cornell will likely look cut down on its against Colgate, as this contest will be a significant factor in the Red’s momentum going into the Ivy tournament.
“[Our goals are] to play consistently, as a team, and to just play well. [Colgate] should be much better than the teams over the weekend,” senior middle blocker Robin Moore stated. “We haven’t talked that much about Colgate [in practice] because we’ve more focused on our side of the court and blocking. We are expected to adjust in the match if [Colgate] does something different, so I think it will be a valuable experience.”
“We are going to work on communication, meshing as a team, and getting ready for the Ivies,” Rice continued. “Especially focusing and making our plays. We are going to go out and play hard and get ready for Friday [at the Ivy League Tournament].”
The Red will face Colgate tonight in Newman Arena at 7:30. This Friday will mark the beginning of the Ivy tourney. Cornell’s first match will be against Brown at 5 p.m. at Harvard.
Archived article by Katherine Granish