Cornell Has Strong Start to Ivy League Play in Win Against Columbia

This past weekend, Cornell volleyball (3-7, 1-0 Ivy) kick-started its Ivy League play in a match against Columbia (2-8, 0-1 Ivy).  

“The first match is always stressful, because we had to do a lot of work to get ready against a team that is very similar to us in how they played in the pre-season,” said head coach Trudy Vande Berg. 

The hard work paid off, as the Red improved to 3-7 on the season, while Columbia fell to 2-8. Sophomore outside hitter Nicole Mallus paced the Red against Columbia in the four sets it took to seize the match by netting a career-high 17 kills.   

“The highlight of the game for me was seeing everyone do their jobs and implementing the stuff we’ve been working so hard on,” Mallus said. 

Vande Berg echoed the sentiment. “We don’t have to go above and beyond what we’re capable of doing. We just have to do our jobs, which we did,” Vande Berg said. In the first set, the Red started off with a 12-6 lead that would eventually advance to 23-18, a lead similar to the one the Red had in its second set against the Hawkeyes the week prior. 

“We were up against Columbia and the score was identical to Iowa,” Vande Berg said.

Princeton’s Strong Offensive Attack Hands Women’s Soccer First Loss of Season

Women’s soccer took the pitch on Friday night in its first matchup of the season against an Ivy League opponent. Following a 2-0-4 start to the season, the Red (2-1-4, 0-1 Ivy) picked up its first loss at the hands of No. 14 Princeton (6-1-1, 1-0-0 Ivy) by a final score of 4-2. 

Within the first few minutes of the opening half, Cornell had two strong scoring chances, with both coming up short. Senior forward Ava Laden’s shot went over the crossbar, and sophomore midfielder Mariana Kessinger’s strike was stopped by Princeton goalkeeper Tyler McCamey. The Red’s attack continued with it taking five of the first seven shots of the game, but none could find the back of the net.