Clash of League Leaders Yale & Princeton Highlights Weekend Slate

Clash of League Leaders Yale & Princeton Highlights Weekend Slate

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Following career highs in 3-1 League wins, Columbia senior right-side hitter Anja Malesevic and Yale freshman libero Yurika Boyd claimed the League’s weekly honors. Yale continues to hold a one-game margin on Princeton and Harvard in the Ivy League standings. 

  • Yale paces the Ancient Eight with a 7-1 League mark, maintaining its one-match margin on Princeton (6-2) and Harvard (6-2). The Bulldogs are looking to return to the helm of the Ivy League for the first time since a string of five-straight championships from 2010-14.
  • Princeton will host Yale in an all-important League match at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27. The two-time defending League champion Tigers handed Yale its lone League loss on Sept. 30 (3-1) on the Bulldogs home floor. 
  • Yale has won 56 of its last 58 Ivy League home matches, but will finish the season with 4-of-6 matches on the road.
  • The Bulldogs .765 winning percentage (12-4) is 37th in NCAA Division I.
  • For the second-straight year, the Ivy League boasts a .500-or-better non-conference winning percentage. The League is 42-33 (.560) against non-conference opposition this season, after going 41-40 (.506) a year ago.  
  • Eight Ivies are hitting .300-or-better, led by Columbia sophomore middle blocker Chichi Ikwuazom (.392), who ranks 35th in NCAA Division I in the category. Ikwuazom also leads the League with 1.25 blocks per set.
  • After a 25-kill, 30-point effort against Cornell, Columbia senior right-side hitter Anja Malesevic paces the Ancient Eight in kills per set (3.53) and points per set (4.10).
  • Harvard sophomore setter Erin McCarthy (10.45) overtook Princeton sophomore setter Jessie Harris (10.37) to pace the League in assists per set.
  • Penn freshman outside hitter Parker Jones leads the League in kills (232) and points (266.5), while Princeton sophomore setter Jessie Harris tops the Ancient Eight in assists (695).
  • Cornell sophomore middle blocker Jenna Phelps and senior libero Kiley McPeek give the Big Red a pair of category leaders. Phelps averages .55 service aces per set, while McPeek registers 4.94 digs per set. Each sits among the top 50 nationally in the category with Phelps checking in at No. 6 and McPeek earning a No. 41 listing.
  • As a team, Cornell tallies 17.57 digs per set, which is 15th in NCAA Division I.
  • Columbia averages 1.74 aces per set to rank ninth in the nation. 
  • Harvard sits 37th nationally with a .256 hitting percentage, while Dartmouth is 41st with 2.52 blocks per set.  
  • Cornell (37th, 13.05) and Princeton (38th, 13.01) each rank among the top 40 in NCAA Division I in assists per set. Princeton is also 41st nationally with 13.87 kills per set, three spot ahead of Cornell with 13.80.
  • All eight of this week’s matches will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network, which is available on Apple TV and Roku. The network can be found at IvyLeague.TV and
Friday, October 27
Harvard at Columbia, 7 p.m. [ILN]
Dartmouth at Cornell, 7 p.m. [ILN]
Brown at Penn, 7 p.m. [ILN]
Yale at Princeton, 7 p.m. [ILN]
Saturday, October 28
Dartmouth at Columbia, 5 p.m. [ILN]
Harvard at Cornell, 5 p.m. [ILN]
Yale at Penn, 5 p.m. [ILN]
Brown at Princeton, 5 p.m. [ILN]
ILN – Broadcast on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV and Roku

A Second Team All-Ivy selection as a junior in 2016, Columbia right-side hitter Anja Malesevic now paces the League with 3.53 kills and 4.10 points per set as a senior.
The Belgrade, Serbia, native tallied a career-high 25 kills and 30.0 points in the Lions four-set victory over Cornell to take over the Ancient Eight lead in both categories on a per-set basis. Malesevic’s 25 kills are the most by a Columbia student-athlete in an Ivy League match since Megan Gaughn registered 26 in a four-set win over Dartmouth on Oct. 26, 2010. The right-side hitter added 11 digs for her second double-double this season and the fifth of her career.
Malesevic earns her second career Player of the Week honor. She was previously recognized on Nov. 7, 2016—the last time a Lion received a Player of the Week nod.
Malesevic’s Statistics for the Week  
1 MP, 4 Sets, 25 K, .281 Hitting %, 3 SA, 11 Digs, 4 TB, 30.0 Pts.
A freshman libero who has appeared in 16-of-17 matches for Yale this season, Yurika Boyd tallied a career-best 27 digs to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-1 win at Brown.
The Los Angeles, Calif., product paced the Bulldogs in digs in the contest, which preserved Yale's one-match edge in the League standings. Yale is 7-1 in League play, with its lone loss being to reigning League champion Princeton, 3-1, on Sept. 30. Boyd also added six assists and a service ace in the four-set conference win. 
Boyd joins teammate Kathryn Attar (Oct. 2 & Oct. 9) as a Rookie of the Week honoree, giving League-leading Yale a trio of selections this season.  
Boyd’s Statistics for the Week 
1 MP, 4 Sets, 6 A, 1 SA, 27 Digs, 1.0 Pts.
Sabrina Stillwell, Brown (Jr., RS – Laguna Beach, Calif.)
1 MP, 4 Sets, 14 K, .270 Hitting %, 3 Digs, 1 TB, 14.5 Pts.
Audrey Cheng, Columbia (Fr., S – Superior, Colo.)
1 MP, 4 Sets, 3 K, .125 Hitting %, 42 A, 2 Digs, 2 TB, 4.0 Pts.
Chichi Ikwuazom, Columbia (So., MB – New York, N.Y.)
1 MP, 4 Sets, 7 K, .263 Hitting %, 1 Dig, 11 TB, 13.5 Pts.
Natasha Kosowicz, Columbia (Jr., OH – San Jose, Calif.)
1 MP, 4 Sets, 7 K, .261 Hitting %, 2 A, 1 SA, 22 Digs, 2 TB, 9.0 Pts.
Zoe Chamness, Cornell (Fr., S – Eugene, Ore.)
1 MP, 4 Sets, 27 A, 11 Digs, 0.0 Pts.
Kit McCarty, Cornell (Sr., RS – Hudson, Ohio)
1 MP, 4 Sets, 13 K, .313 Hitting %, 4 Digs, 1 TB, 13.5 Pts.
Grace Roberts Burbank, Harvard (So., OH – San Francisco, Calif.)
1 MP, 3 Sets, 17 K, .300 Hitting %, 4 Digs, 1 TB, 17.5 Pts.
Raven Sulaimon, Penn (Fr., OH – Houston, Texas)
1 MP, 3 Sets, 11 K, .444 Hitting %, 1 TB, 11.5 Pts.
Devon Peterkin, Princeton (So., OH – San Diego, Calif.)
1 MP, 3 Sets, 10 K, .292 Hitting %, 3 SA, 4 Digs, 2 TB, 14.0 Pts.
Tristin Kott, Yale (So., OH – Winter Park, Fla.)
1 MP, 4 Sets, 11 K, .455 Hitting %, 3 Digs, 6 TB, 14.0 Pts.
Izzy Simqu, Yale (So., MB – Westlake Village, Calif.)
1 MP, 4 Sets, 6 K, .385 Hitting %, 1 SA, 1 Dig, 10 TB, 14.0 Pts. 

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