October 26, 2001

Volleyball Looks to Stay Atop Ivy League

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The Cornell (14-5, 5-1) volleyball team hopes to continue its recent success as it hits the road for two pivotal league contests this weekend.

The Red began the Ivy League season with a loss to Columbia.

Since then, it has avenged that loss and reeled off five consecutive wins, including a 3-2 triumph over defending Ancient Eight champion Princeton, Cornell’s first victory over the Tigers since 1995.

Following such a monumental victory, the spikers might have been forgiven if they had suffered a letdown in their subsequent matches.

Nothing of the sort occurred however, as Cornell went on to defeat the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Dartmouth successively, raising its record to 14-5 and capturing a share of first place in the Ivy League.

In spite of the winning streak however, the squad will have to remain focused as eight league games remain, including two this weekend.

Tonight at 7:00 p.m. the Red will play Brown, which currently is tied with Cornell for first place. Following that match, Cornell will travel to New Haven for a 4:00 p.m. clash with Yale on Sunday.

While both matches will be played on the road, Cornell will enter the weekend riding a wave of momentum if its latest results are any indication.

Since the victory over Princeton, the Red has breezed through its last three matches, winning nine of ten games.

Throughout the stretch of victories, the team has been buoyed by solid performances from a variety of sources.

Chief among them has been junior transfer Angela Barbera who was named Ivy League volleyball Player of the Week for her efforts in the Harvard and Dartmouth matches.

Senior Jennifer Borncamp, sophomore Ashely Stover, and classmate Debbie Quibell have also been key contributors.

For the Red to experience its third successful weekend in a row these players and others will have to step forward and continue their recent prowess.

Archived article by Andrew Bernie