While a lot has changed for the volleyball team, following the Red’s first tournament of the 2009 season, it seems that a lot has also stayed the same. With a new head coach and seven freshmen on the roster, Cornell had a nearly identical start to the season as it did last year, going 0-3 in it’s first tournament, with a 1-9 set record. The lone win came in the opening set against host George Mason, a victory sandwiched between 3-0 shutouts against Morehead State and Kent State at the Patriot Invitational.
For the first time ever, Cornell and the rest of the Ivy League will open their non-conference schedules just one week behind the rest of the NCAA, rather than facing the typical two-weekend delay. That’s not the only new thing for Cornell volleyball this season; in addition to welcoming seven freshmen to the squad, Sarah Bernson will debut today as the ninth Wendy Schaenen ’79 Head Coach of Volleyball.
The Red is set to play its first match of the season later today against Morehead State. The team will take on host George Mason and Kent State tomorrow to round out its stay at the Patriot Classic. Just a few short months on the job and Bernson is already excited for the team to get a quick start to the non-conference schedule.
Anyone who picked up the Daily Sun yesterday would have had a tough time missing the quartet of headlines on the front page warning of the impending doom facing Cornell as a result of the nation’s recent economic downturn. Inexplicably missing from yesterday’s outcry — the cancellation of intramural ice hockey.
It is undeniable that the latest casualty to campus-wide budget cuts — intramural ice hockey — is the headliner of a long list of “things-administrators-have-decided-are-less-important-than-other-things-and-will-no-longer-be-funded.” And yet, I only found out about this a couple of days ago.
A noun, the simplest form of grammatical constructions, is constantly reminded of how replaceable it is with pro-nouns. But having fallen in love with so many pros myself — i.e. Jose Lima, a model of professionalism — I ask why pronouns are so elevated above those they antecede? I’ve yet to find a “you” or “him” paid for his services, and certainly not “I.” What makes pronouns pro, like the pros we call heroes in the world of sports?
The pronoun that has caught my attention lately is “we,” and we the people of the sporting world deserve an explanation as to the true meaning behind this two-letter word. It is so beautifully simple, yet has so many levels of meaning.
With three wins over Columbia this weekend, April 18-19, the softball team has already wrapped up the Ivy League South Division crown. Cornell has a five-game lead and the divisional crown for the first time since the Ivy League switched to a two-division format in 2007.
“It’s amazing,” said rising junior pitcher Elizabeth Dalrymple. “When we found out today [that we won the division] it was just an incredible feeling. We’re so happy for the seniors who’ve been working for four years.”
But the Red will still have a showdown with Dartmouth, the winner of the North Division, to determine the Ivy League Champion and who will take a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Cornell last won the Ivy League title in 2005.
With the South Division title already wrapped up, the Red showed no signs of complacency in its victory lap — a four-game home-and-home series with Princeton. Playing to secure home field advantage for the Ivy League Championships, the softball team swept the Tigers at Princeton on Friday and in Ithaca on Sunday and will now play in Ithaca against Dartmouth for the Ivy title.
With three wins over Columbia this weekend, the softball team has already wrapped up the Ivy League South Division crown. Cornell still has two doubleheaders with second-place Princeton (8-8) next weekend, but at 13-3, Cornell has a five-game lead and the divisional crown for the first time since the Ivy League switched to a two-division format in 2007.
“It’s amazing,” said sophomore pitcher Elizabeth Dalrymple. “When we found out today [that we won the division] it was just an incredible feeling. We’re so happy for the seniors who’ve been working for four years.”
Just two weeks removed from a shaky start to the season, the golf team will be back on the links looking to rebound from a 14th-place finish at the Towson Invitational. The Red will be joining a field of 14 in this weekend’s Princeton Invitational.
Cornell will have the last of the five tee-times, playing alongside Towson and Rutgers on Day 1 of two. Last weekend at Towson, Rutgers finished tied for 11th while the host team finished 15th, right behind Cornell’s 930 strokes with 931.
Saying that the Red got off to a red hot start in Ivy League play over the weekend would be an understatement. Cornell opened its conference schedule with a statement to the rest of the league by scoring 11 runs in the first inning of game one against Brown (4-12, 0-2 Ivy) on Saturday. The team would cruise to an 11-0 win before another shutout victory, 6-0, in game two.
“It was crazy,” said junior Ashley Garvey about the first inning. “Alison [Intihar] started it off with a really well-hit ball, and our bats just caught fire. Momentum went from batter to batter to batter. We were just sitting in the dugout wondering what was going on. It was just crazy.”
For the first time since 2006, the women’s basketball team may finish the season in the bottom half of the Ivy League. That year was also the first season for senior co-captains Shannan Scarselletta, a Sun columnist, and Lacey Workman, who will be making their final appearances for the Red this weekend as Cornell takes on Penn tonight and Princeton tomorrow.
A lot has changed for the women’s basketball program since Scarselletta and Workman first joined the team. After finishing in fifth place as rookies, the Red finished third in 2007 and then rewrote the school’s record books last season with the team’s first Ivy League title. This season, having lost the team’s top-4 scorers from last year, the Red will be fighting for third place –– while in position to drop as low as sixth.