VOLLEYBALL | Red Drops Four Sets to Columbia

By OLIVIA MATTYASOVSZKY

On Saturday, Cornell hosted Columbia in their first Ivy League match of the season. The Red entered the weekend with a 4-6 record, and the Lions came in with a 2-7 record. After hosting the Big Red Invitational last weekend, the Red was hard at work on the fundamentals in preparation for entering Ivy League play. “At time last weekend we saw how good we can be when we play together as a team,” said junior setter Alyssa Phelps. “We worked a lot in practice on being disciplined and blocking and we executed both of those things very well on Saturday.

Softball Locks Up First Place in Ivy South

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.”

Baseball Goes 3-1 vs. Defending Ivy League Champs

We’ve all heard the clichés. A team that struggles one season will undoubtedly enter the next season talking about a return to contention. Optimistic players and coaches will explain that if the team plays hard, does the little things and catches a few breaks, it can return to respectability. However, more often than not, last place teams — such as the 2008 Cornell baseball team — wind up near the bottom of the standings the next season.

Softball Four-by-Four

Whenever the softball team has faltered this season, whether in one game or back-to-back contests, it has rebounded in commanding fashion. The Red will hope to do the same this weekend when it travels to New York City to take on Columbia at Baker Athletics Complex in a four-game series.
“Our goal is always to win all four games,” said junior second baseman Devon March. “We know we’re a very capable team, and we just have to make sure that we play every inning as hard as we can and make sure we leave everything on the field.”
Cornell (31-9, 10-2 Ivy) is coming off being swept by Syracuse in twin bill action on Wednesday, a night in which the Red’s bats went ice-cold. The team totaled just nine hits and was shut out in both games, 3-0 and 8-0.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis Begin Ivy League Season Against Columbia This Weekend

After an extremely successful trip to the west coast, men’s tennis begins its Ivy campaign in New York City against Columbia on Saturday. The Red (9-3) is on a seven game winning streak.
In their matchup last year, the Red lost in an extremely tight match, 4-3. However, the team has many more wins this year than it did going into its Ivy season, and their success on the road in Calif. during spring break will to be a big confidence booster against the Ancient Eight.
The women’s team has had the opposite result in both their California sojourn and their preaseason. The women (4-9) are struggling. The team took two straight losses in California after defeating Azusa Pacific University. The Red will host Columbia at home at Reis Tennis center.

W. Lacrosse Drops Two Over Break

The women’s lacrosse team (5-2, 1-1 Ivy) broke its early season winning steak over Spring Break. While on the road for most of the break the Red dropped two of its three matches, beating Columbia before losing to Loyola and Penn.
“We lost two in a row and in similar fashion … but the teams were definitely different. Penn was supremely talented all over the field, and Ivy League is always a big focus for us,” said head coach Jenny Graap ’86. “It hurt that we weren’t playing more strongly.”

Columbia Welcomes W. Lax for Ivy Opener

To kick off Ivy League play, the women’s lacrosse team will travel downstate to “The City that Never Sleeps” to face Columbia University tomorrow for the first game of spring break action. The Red will take the first draw against the Lions at 1 p.m. on Robert K. Kraft Field in New York.

Wrestlers Win Doubleheader

The wrestling team made it very clear why it is ranked third in the nation. The Red dominated opponents in both halves of a doubleheader yesterday. Cornell wrestlers won 16 of 20 total matches as they prevailed against Columbia and Hofstra.
“I really think we wrestled very well,” said junior Troy Nickerson. “It was definitely the best we’ve wrestled in the last month or so.”
The Red opened its Ivy League season at Columbia. The meet began with Nickerson at 125 pounds. Nickerson, who is ranked No. 2 in the nation, quickly took down his opponent and won by fall. The pin was a sign of things to come for the Red.[img_assist|nid=34872|title=No Meagher effort|desc=Sophomore D.J. Meagher won both of his matches yesterday.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]

Wrestling Ratchets Up Intensity in Practice

Almost every team, no matter what the sport, will inevitably go through a series of peaks and valleys, sometimes emotional, sometimes physical, and sometimes both. The wresting team experienced what can only be described as a valley in its season over the past couple of weeks, following a mediocre performance three weeks ago against Eastern Michigan and then a 16-14 loss to Missouri two weeks ago. But following last weekend’s dominating 32-7 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga, it seems the Red may have left that valley for good.
This Sunday the team travels to Columbia or its 12 p.m. kick off to the Ivy season against the 1-2 Lions, and then will get right back on its bus and drive to Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y for a 5 p.m. contest against the 3-1 Pride.

M. Basketball Preserves Streak With Win Over Lions

A gutsy effort by Columbia was not enough to derail the men’s basketball team’s seven-game win streak, as Cornell fought off several comeback attempts by the Lions en route to yet another win, 83-72.
Although Cornell’s (12-6, 2-0 Ivy) offense got off to a sluggish start the last time the Ivy rivals played, junior forward Alex Tyler had a big first half — 15 points, four rebounds and a blocked shot — to ensure that the Red got off to a solid start in its second league matchup of the 2008-09 season. Cornell used its speed and size to earn a .593 shooting percentage in the first half.
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