The women’s volleyball team destroyed Colgate last night in the Red’s last regular season match and only took three games to do so.
Needing a boost from a disappointing weekend, Cornell (13-7, 5-3 Ivy) wasted no time taking out the Raiders (3-20, 2-7 Patriot) 30-17, 30-22, 30-8.
“Our goal was basically to get refocused and remotivated to step it up for our last Ivy matches. We just wanted to play solid so we could get the confidence we need to get the bigger Ivy League wins,” junior outside hitter Debbie Quibell said of the match.
“We wanted to come out strongly because you don’t want to underestimate any team. You don’t want to take that risk,” freshman setter Whitney Fair commented. “We wanted to prove that we could still play well after the weekend.”
In the first game, Cornell used .233 hitting to pull in front. It was aided by the Raiders own offensive woes as it committed eight errors and only landed four kills for a -.160 hitting percentage.
Game two saw a surge from the Raiders as it improved to hit .194. Unfortunately for Colgate, the Red also improved to hit .472 with only four errors.
“We kind of let them come in a little bit, but we pushed through and beat them,” Fair said of game two. “No one was worried that we would lose that match.”
Apparently the Raiders had used the last of its talent in the opening frames of the match. The third game featured an uncanny .700 hitting from the Red with only one error, while Colgate limped through on -.261 hitting with 10 errors and only four kills.
“We were pretty focused from the start and we set the pace of the match,” Quibell summarized. “They weren’t very strong, but we didn’t drop to their level and that is what we were most proud of.”
As a team, the Raiders hit -.051 in the match and had no player in double digits for kills or for digs.
Cornell, on the other hand, hit .442 with 10.5 team blocks. Quibell led the Red with 11 kills, 12 digs and three service aces on .368 hitting. Junior middle blocker Ashely Stover had eight kills while freshman middle blocker/outside hitter Heather Young notched 10 kills. Junior setter Rachel Rice had 29 assists and Fair had 10, as she relieved Rice in the third game.
This match was useful for the Red not only to regain confidence but also to try out a new offense that the team is preparing to use in the second half of the Ivy season.
“[The match] helped us to test out our new offensive and see if it could be successful,” Fair explained. “It enables you to run more complicated and faster plays, and it is harder to block against because the opponent doesn’t know where you are coming from.”
Quibell also mentioned the value of this match in assessing the potential for the offensive plan.
“It is going to give us the edge that we need to beat [the Ivy teams]. No one gets film from this point of the season on and that’s why we saved [the offense] till now,” she said. “A lot of [Ivy] teams don’t have any where to go from now, and that we can come up with a totally different team will throw them off completely.”
Cornell will be back in action this Friday and Saturday as it travels to Penn and Princeton for a pair of crucial Ivy matches.
“We just have to win them all at this point and keep on winning to have a chance at the Ivy title,” Fair ended.