|Kills||Anja Malesevic (14)||Kelley Wirth (11)|
|Assists||Audrey Cheng (27)||Franny Arnautou (40)|
|Aces||Audrey Cheng (1)||Kelley Wirth (2)|
||Kalie Wood (10)
Audrey Cheng (10)
|Kate Swanson (14)
|Blocks||Rose Compton (5)||Izzy Simqu (6)|
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Anja Malesevic hit .344 with a match-high 14 kills, but the senior’s effort was not enough to earn the Columbia volleyball team a victory. The Lions fell in three sets at Yale (22-25, 14-25, 29-31) Friday night in Ivy League action from Lee Amphitheater.
Columbia (5-8, 0-4 Ivy) controlled the majority of the first set before Yale (9-4, 3-1 Ivy) rallied with nine of the final 13 points to steal it. The Bulldogs took all that momentum into the second, scoring the first six points and never trailing to take a two-set lead.
The third provided the most excitement. Columbia led by as many as four, 16-12, until the home side scored four straight to level the score. Yale went on to earn its first match point, 24-23, but Columbia did not go down quietly. The Lions saved the match on a kill by junior Natasha Kosowicz and proceeded to fend off seven consecutive match points without ever grabbing the lead. Yale finally put an end to the contest by scoring the final two points on a kill by Tristin Tott and an attack that sailed long by Kosowicz.
Malesevic was the story of the night for Columbia. Seven of her kills came in the first set, where the right-side hit .583 with no errors on 12 attempts. Malesevic added seven more kills in the third set by hitting .353 on 17 attempts and also finished the match with a season-high four blocks.
First-year Audrey Cheng earned the start at setter and earned her second double-double with 27 assists and 10 digs. Sophomore Kalie Wood also came up with 10 digs, while sophomore Rose Compton led the defensive effort at the net with a career-high five blocks.
Yale was led on the attack by Kelley Wirth and Izzy Simqu, both of whom reached double figures with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Simqu hit .500 along the way, helping the Bulldogs outhit Columbia, .268 to .170, and was also responsible for a match-high six blocks. Franny Arnatou set length of the contest and tallied a match-high 40 assists on the team’s 49 kills. Kate Swanson led all players with 14 digs.
Columbia will look to get on the winning side of things on Saturday, when it travels to Providence to take on Brown (0-4 Ivy). First serve from the Pizzitola Center is scheduled for 5 p.m. The match will be available on the Ivy League Network.