Ivies Boast Winning Record Entering League Slate For First Time Since 2011

Ivies Boast Winning Record Entering League Slate For First Time Since 2011

PRINCETON, N.J. -- After leading their teams to winning marks to close the primary non-conference slate, Harvard junior middle blocker Christina Cornelius and Penn freshman outside hitter Parker Jones were selected as the Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively. Harvard (5-4) and Penn (5-4) are 2-of-6 Ivies to boast a winning record entering League play. 

LEAGUE NOTES
  • For the third time this decade—and the first time since 2011—the Ivy League owns a .500-or-better winning percentage entering conference play. The League is off to its best start over that span at 41-33 (.554) through 74 matches.
  • Princeton (7-3) paces the Ancient Eight heading into League play. The defending champion Tigers are closely followed by Yale (6-3). Two of Yale’s three losses on the season have been to ranked opponents in No. 19 USC (3-0) and No. 2 Penn State (3-0).
  • Six-of-eight Ivies own a .500-or-better winning percentage on the season.
  • Harvard was the lone Ivy to go unbeaten last week, capturing the New England Challenge title with an unblemished 3-0 mark.
  • Eight Ivies are hitting .300-or-better, led by Penn’s Kendall Covington (.417) and Columbia’s Chichi Ikwuazom (.411). Covington (21st) and Ikwuazom (26th) each rank among the national leaders in the category.
  • Princeton’s Natasha Skov and Maggie O’Connell pace the Ancient Eight with 3.55 and 3.53 kills per set, respectively. With 10.45 assists per set, Princeton’s Jessie Harris also reigns over the Ivy League.
  • Columbia’s Grace Campbell averages .59 service aces per set to top the Ivy League and rank seventh in NCAA Division I.
  • Cornell’s Kiley McPeek leads the Ancient Eight with 5.42 digs per set, which ranks 23rd in the nation. She also sits 24th nationally with .52 service aces per set.  
  • Brown’s Jacqueline Jacobs tops the Ancient Eight charts with 1.36 blocks per set.
  • All five 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
Tuesday, September 19
Central Connecticut State at Brown, 7 p.m. [ILN]
 
Friday, September 22
Dartmouth at Harvard, 7 p.m. [ILN]
Penn at Princeton, 7 p.m. [ILN]
Brown at Yale, 7 p.m. [ILN]
 
Saturday, September 23
Columbia at Cornell, 2 p.m. [ILN]
 
KEY
ILN – Broadcast on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV and Roku

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
A two-time All-Ivy honoree, junior middle blocker Christina Cornelius, led Harvard to the New England Challenge title to close out its 2017 non-conference schedule.
 
The Los Angeles, Calif., native propelled Harvard to a 3-0 week, with wins over Boston College (3-2), Northeastern (3-1) and UMass Lowell (3-0). She posted a season-high 13 digs against Boston College and a season-high 13 kills and seven blocks at Northeastern. On the week, Cornelius tallied 30 kills, while hitting .300. She also added 16 blocks, 22 digs, five service aces and three assists.
 
Cornelius is Harvard’s first Player of the Week selection since Corinne Bain was honored on Oct. 17, 2016. The junior earns her first career Player of the Week nod, after receiving two Rookie of the Week awards in 2015.
 
Cornelius’s Statistics for the Week  
3 MP, 12 Sets, 30 K, .300 Hitting %, 3 A, 5 SA, 22 Digs, 16 TB, 44.0 Pts.
 
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
For the second time in three weeks, Penn freshman outside hitter Parker Jones claims Rookie of the Week honors after leading the Quakers to a 2-1 mark.
 
The Lafayette, Calif., native tallied 38 kills, 45.5 points and 40 digs as the Quakers went 2-1 at the Robert Morris Invitational, earning All-Tournament Team status. The Quakers fell to Rutgers (3-1), before rebounding for victories over Robert Morris (3-2) and Middle Tennessee (3-0). Jones recorded back-to-back double-doubles in Penn’s two victories with 16 kills and 14 digs against Robert Morris and 13 kills and 15 digs against Middle Tennessee.
 
Jones is the League’s first repeat weekly award recipient this season, having been named Rookie of the Week in two of her three weeks in a Quaker uniform.
 
Jones’s Statistics for the Week 
3 MP, 12 Sets, 38 K, .187 Hitting %, 3 A, 1 SA, 40 Digs, 13 TB, 45.5 Pts.
 
HONOR ROLL
Chichi Ikwuazom, Columbia (So., MB – New York, N.Y.)
3 MP, 12 Sets, 36 K, .431 Hitting %, 18 TB, 48.0 Pts.
 
Sara Lindquist, Dartmouth (Sr., OH – Mercer Island, Wash.)
3 MP, 11 Sets, 34 K, .282 Hitting %, 13 Digs, 8 TB, 39.0 Pts.
 
Mindie Mabry, Harvard (Fr., OH – Fort Myers, Fla.)
3 MP, 12 Sets, 36 K, .250 Hitting %, 1 A, 1 SA, 9 Digs, 9 TB, 43.0 Pts.
 
Kit McCarty, Cornell (Sr., RS – Hudson, Ohio)
3 MP, 12 Sets, 45 K, .327 Hitting %, 9 Digs, 8 TB, 49.0 Pts.
 
Kendall Covington, Penn (Sr., OH – Houston, Texas)
3 MP, 12 Sets, 29 K, .464 Hitting %, 3 Digs, 12 TB, 35.0 Pts.
 
Nnenna Ibe, Princeton (Jr., MB – North Brunswick, N.J.)
3 MP, 11 Sets, 14 K, .400 Hitting %, 14 TB, 22.5 Pts.
 
Destiny Daniel, Yale (Fr., MB – Pottsboro, Texas)
3 MP, 9 Sets, 17 K, .419 Hitting %, 4 TB, 19.0 Pts.
 
Izzy Simqu, Yale (So., MB – Westlake Village, Calif.)
3 MP, 9 Sets, 17 K, .419 Hitting %, 3 SA, 3 Digs, 10 TB, 25.5 Pts.
 
Kelley Wirth, Yale (Jr., OH – Moraga, Calif.)
3 MP, 9 Sets, 34 K, .324 Hitting %, 7 Digs, 8 TB, 38.0 Pts. 

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