|Kills||Jamie Dailey (14)||Emily Wemhoff (23)|
|Assists||Audrey Cheng (21)||Zoe Chamness (29)|
|Aces||Kalie Wood (2)||Jenna Phelps (4)|
|Digs||Kalie Wood (2)||Kiley McPeek (16)|
|Blocks||Chichi Ikwuazom (10)||Jenna Phelps (7)|
ITHACA, N.Y. — The Columbia volleyball team began the Ivy League season with a four-set loss to Cornell on Saturday afternoon at Newman Arena.
Sophomore Chichi Ikwuazom registered a season-high 10 blocks. Six of them came as part of Columbia’s second-set victory, including back-to-back blocks during a 6-0 run to give the Lions their first lead of the set. It marked Ikwuazom’s third career 10-block match and first against an Ivy League opponent.
Columbia (5-5, 0-1 Ivy) came back from 8-1 down to win the second set. Three consecutive Ikwuazom blocks were part of a 4-0 spurt to get the Lions back in the set. After Cornell (5-5, 1-0 Ivy) extended its lead back to 16-11, Ikwuazom went for three more blocks to put the Lions on top, 19-17. Cornell retook the lead and earned set point at 24-23, but Columbia scored the final three points to level the match at a set apiece.
The Lions were led offensively by first-year Jamie Dailey and her team-high 14 kills. The rookie outside hit .294 to record her second-most kills of the season. Junior Luciana Del Valle also reached double figures with 11 kills, adding eight digs and two blocks.
For Cornell, Emily Wemhoff hit .405 on her way to a match-high 23 kills. She had 10 in the first set to help the Big Red sneak it out, 27-25, and added five more on six attempts in the third set.
Cornell used a 7-1 run to take a 20-13 lead in the third set and go ahead 2-1 in the match. The Lions trailed by just a point, 16-15, in the fourth set until the Big Red scored four straight to gain the upper hand. Cornell scored nine of the final 12 points to clinch the match.
The loss was just Columbia’s second in its last nine Ivy League openers. The Lions and Big Red have started off the league slate against one another each of the last 18 seasons.
Columbia heads back on the road next weekend for matches at Dartmouth and Harvard. The Lions and Big Green face off Friday night at 7 p.m., followed by Saturday’s match against Harvard at 5 p.m.