The women spikers could not have produced a better script for their Senior Day outing. With four members of the team playing at Newman Arena for the last time in their Cornell careers, the Red (15-9, 7-5 Ivy) crushed Ivy League challengers Brown (14-10, 9-3 Ivy) to complete a successful weekend of play.
On Friday evening, the women snapped a season-high four match losing streak by edging visitors Yale 3-2 (26-30, 30-22, 22-30, 30-21, 15-10). Sophomore outside hitter Debbie Quibell turned in one of the performances of the season, recording 23 kills and 16 digs on .390 hitting. Joining her in double figures in kills were junior Angela Barbera (16), senior Jennifer Borncamp (14), and sophomore Ashley Stover (13). After being frustrated in the last two weeks, Cornell’s attack went on a rampage, tallying a remarkable 82 kills against 61 by Yale. The impressive offensive performance was complemented by a solid defensive stand, with sophomore middle blocker Jamie Lugo having a hand in six of the Red’s 11 blocks.
That set the stage for the Senior Day clash with the formidable Bears. Brown came in trailing league leaders Penn by just a single game, and had blanked the Red 3-0 in an earlier meeting in Providence. However, any fears that Brown would spoil the occasion were quickly put to rest, as the Red cruised to a comfortable 3-0 (30-19, 30-24, 31-29) win. Brown’s biggest offensive threat, Ivy League Player of the Week Ceneca Calvert, could manage only five kills on -.097 hitting, as the Red fought off attack after attack. By the time Borncamp had sealed Brown’s fate with the final kill of the afternoon, the Red had dismantled Brown’s offense with a season high 17 blocks.
While Quibell led the way with a double-double (14 kills, 14 digs), the outgoing seniors played their parts to ensure that their exit from Newman Arena was a memorable one. Borncamp notched nine kills and six digs to take her career mark to 989 kills and 970 digs; Jaimee Reynolds recorded 31 assists and four blocks at setter; Liz Condon, the team’s defensive specialist had 10 digs; backup outside hitter Jennifer McHarg assisted on a block in limited playing time.
The season comes to a close this weekend, as the Red plays away at Harvard and at Dartmouth.
Archived article by Soo Kim