Princeton Among Top 10 Mid-Major Programs in Latest RPI

Princeton Among Top 10 Mid-Major Programs in Latest RPI

PRINCETON, N.J. – After leading their teams to 2-0 weeks, Princeton junior middle blocker Nnenna Ibe and Yale freshman outside hitter Kathryn Attar claimed the League’s weekly awards. Ibe paces the Ancient Eight with a .416 hitting percentage. 

LEAGUE NOTES
  • Reigning Ivy League champion Princeton paces the Ancient Eight with a 5-0 League mark and 12-3 overall record. The Tigers have handed Yale (10-4, 4-1 Ivy) and Harvard (9-5, 4-1 Ivy) their lone League losses thus far.
  • The win at Yale on Sept. 30 was the Tigers first victory in New Haven since 2007, defeating Yale (3-1; 23-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22). Yale has won 56 of its last 58 Ivy League home matches.
  • Princeton is among the top 10 mid-major programs in the NCAA Women’s Volleyball RPI, earning the No. 46 overall spot. 
  • 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.  
  • Seven Ivies are hitting .300-or-better, led by Princeton junior middle blocker Nnenna Ibe (.416), Columbia sophomore middle blocker Chichi Ikwuazom (.397) and Yale sophomore middle blocker Izzy Simqu (.392). Each ranks among the national leaders in the category—Ibe (17th), Ikwuazom (25th) and Simqu (32nd).
  • A pair of Princeton sophomores—outside hitter Natasha Skov and right-side hitter Maggie O’Connell—pace the Ancient Eight in kills per set (3.51 and 3.37) and points per set (3.88 and 3.81).
  • Fellow Tiger sophomore Jessie Harris leads the League and ranks 32nd nationally with 10.96 assists per set.
  • As a team, Princeton ranks 28th in NCAA Division I with a .800 winning percentage, 29th with 13.98 kills per set and 37th with 13.11 assists per set
  • Cornell claims a pair of category leaders in sophomore middle blocker Jenna Phelps and senior libero Kiley McPeek. Phelps averages 1.23 blocks per set and .56 service aces per set to top the Ancient Eight. McPeek leads the League with 4.64 digs per set, while Cornell sits 30th nationally with 16.94 digs per set as a team.  
  • Phelps (6th, .56) and Columbia sophomore setter Grace Campbell (29th, .45) each register among the nation’s elite in service aces per set. As a team, the Lions rank sixth nationally with 1.81 aces per set.
  • 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 IvyLeagueNetwork.com.
 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, October 13
Penn at Columbia, 7 p.m. [ILN]
Princeton at Cornell, 7 p.m. [ILN]
Yale at Dartmouth, 7 p.m. [ESPN3] [ILN]
Brown at Harvard, 7 p.m. [ILN]
 
Saturday, October 14
Princeton at Columbia, 5 p.m. [ILN]
Penn at Cornell, 5 p.m. [ILN]
Brown at Dartmouth, 5 p.m. [ILN]
Yale at Harvard, 5 p.m. [ILN]
 
KEY
ILN – Broadcast on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV and Roku
ESPN3 – Broadcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nnenna Ibe joined the Princeton program with just three years of organized volleyball under her belt. The junior middle blocker is now in her third season as a starting middle blocker for the Tigers, who have won back-to-back Ivy League titles and are 5-0 in League play thus far.
 
The North Brunswick, N.J., product has been one of the most efficient hitters in the Ancient Eight over her three-year career, finishing among the top five in the League in hitting percentage as a freshman and sophomore. Ibe hit .600—to take over the League lead in the category—while tallying 23 kills and nine blocks in Princeton’s wins over Dartmouth (3-1) and Harvard (3-0). She registered a career-high 17 kills against the Big Green and was part of 5-of-6 Princeton blocks against fellow League unbeaten Harvard.
 
Ibe earns her first Player of the Week award and is Princeton’s third award recipient this season, joining teammates Natasha Skov (Sept. 11) and Jessie Harris (Oct. 2).
 
Ibe’s Statistics for the Week  
2 MP, 7 Sets, 23 K, .600 Hitting %, 1 A, 4 Digs, 9 TB, 28.0 Pts.
 
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale freshman outside hitter Kathryn Attar becomes the League’s second repeat Rookie of the Week honoree, joining Penn’s Parker Jones, after claiming her second-straight honor.
 
The Tampa, Fla., native appeared in just two sets in the Bulldog’s 3-0 win over Columbia, but had one of her best collegiate matches in Yale’s 3-1 victory over Cornell. She recorded her third double-double with 15 kills and 13 digs, while hitting .371, on Oct. 7. On the week, Attar totaled 18 kills, 15 digs and four blocks.
 
Attar earns back-to-back Rookie of the Week nods, after being Yale’s first rookie award recipient since 2015 a week ago.
 
Attar’s Statistics for the Week 
2 MP, 6 Sets, 18 K, .250 Hitting %, 1 A, 2 SA, 15 Digs, 4 TB, 23.5 Pts.
 
HONOR ROLL
Makena Ehlert, Brown (So., OH – Orange County, Calif.)
2 MP, 7 Sets, 20 K, .255 Hitting %, 5 SA, 21 Digs, 4 TB, 27.0 Pts.
 
Joanne Won, Brown (Fr., DS – Newport Beach, Calif.)
2 MP, 8 Sets, 2 SA, 21 Digs, 2.0 Pts.
 
Audrey Cheng, Columbia (Fr., S – Superior, Colo.)
2 MP, 7 Sets, 59 A, 1 SA, 18 Digs, 2.0 Pts.
 
Zoe Chamness, Cornell (Fr., S – Eugene, Ore.)
2 MP, 8 Sets, 43 A, 4 SA, 25 Digs, 4.0 Pts.
 
Jenna Phelps, Cornell (So., MB – Bucyrus, Kan.)
2 MP, 8 Sets, 25 K, .296 Hitting %, 2 A, 8 SA, 11 Digs, 6 TB, 37.5 Pts.
 
Tori Dozier, Dartmouth (So., S – Raleigh, N.C.)
2 MP, 8 Sets, 13 K, .480 Hitting %, 68 A, 19 Digs, 8 TB, 17.5 Pts.
 
Jocelyn Meyer, Harvard (Jr., MB – Springboro, Ohio)
2 MP, 8 Sets, 22 K, .383 Hitting %, 3 SA, 2 Digs, 3 TB, 26.5 Pts.
 
Parker Jones, Penn (Fr., OH – Lafayette, Calif.)
2 MP, 9 Sets, 35 K, .139 Hitting %, 1 A, 1 SA, 15 Digs, 2 TB, 37.0 Pts.
 
Sydney Morton, Penn (So., S – Atlanta, Ga.)
2 MP, 9 Sets, 6 K, .333 Hitting %, 90 A, 2 SA, 20 Digs, 3 TB, 9.5 Pts.
 
Maggie O’Connell, Princeton (So., RS – Katy, Texas)
2 MP, 7 Sets, 27 K, .412 Hitting %, 3 Digs, 5 TB, 30.0 Pts.
 
Izzy Simqu, Yale (So., MB – Westlake Village, Calif.)
2 MP, 7 Sets, 23 K, .526 Hitting %, 1 A, 5 Digs, 9 TB, 28.5 Pts. 

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