NEW YORK — Columbia senior Anja Malesevic and first-year Audrey Cheng were named Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for matches contested Oct. 23-29. Malesevic and Cheng led Columbia to a 2-0 weekend that included victories over Harvard and Dartmouth. The league office announced its weekly selections on Monday.
Malesevic earned her second consecutive Player of the Week selection by registering a career-high 27 kills in each of Columbia’s victories. She began the week with 27 kills in Friday’s five-set triumph over Harvard. The very next day, the senior right side racked up 27 more to go with 13 digs in just four sets to lead the Lions past Dartmouth. Malesevic’s 27-kill performances are the two highest kill totals by an Ivy League player this season and rank in a tie for fifth in a single match in program history. The last Lion to record that many kills in a contest was Erin Longinotti, who fired off 27 in five sets against Dartmouth on Oct. 9, 2009. Malesevic hit .289 and averaged 6.00 kills, 2.33 digs and 0.78 blocks per set on the week. She leads the Ivy League in both kills per set (3.91) and points per set (4.46), and also leads all league competitors in conference play with 4.24 kills per set and 4.86 points per set.
Cheng earned her second Rookie of the Week selection of the season with two career performances of her own. She started with a career-high 56 assists in five sets against the Crimson and went for 55 more assists in only four sets on Saturday against Dartmouth. The setter’s 56 assists are the most by any player in an Ivy League match this season. Cheng averaged 12.33 assists per set on the week and also added 11 digs and five blocks across the two matches. The rookie climbed to fourth in the Ivy League on the season in assists per set (8.36) and averages even more assists in Ivy League play (9.23).
This week marks the first time Columbia volleyball has garnered both Player and Rookie of the Week honors since Atlanta Moye-McLaren was named Player and Co-Rookie of the Week on September 18, 2012.
Additionally, junior Luciana Del Valle and sophomore Chichi Ikwuazom landed on the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll. Del Valle averaged 2.56 kills and 3.00 digs on the week. She registered her team-leading fifth double-double of the season with 15 kills and 16 digs against Dartmouth. Ikwuazom had 10 kills in each match, including a .474 hitting percentage against the Crimson. The middle blocker also had match-highs of nine blocks against Harvard and six blocks against Dartmouth.
The Lions (9-10, 4-6 Ivy) are on the road this weekend to play Princeton and Penn. They begin competition on Friday against the Tigers at 7 p.m., before heading to Penn on Saturday at 5 p.m.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Anja Malesevic, Columbia (Sr., RS – Belgrade, Serbia)
2 MP, 9 Sets, 54 K, .289 Hitting %, 21 Digs, 7 TB, 57.5 Pts.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Audrey Cheng, Columbia (Fr., S – Superior, Colo.)
2 MP, 9 Sets, 111 A, 3 SA, 11 Digs, 5 TB, 6.5 Pts.
Melissa Cairo, Brown (Sr., L – Hillsborough, Calif.)
2 MP, 6 Sets, 5 A, 3 SA, 24 Digs, 3.0 Pts.
Luciana Del Valle, Columbia (Jr., OH – Lima, Peru)
2 MP, 9 Sets, 23 K, .254 Hitting %, 1 A, 1 SA, 27 Digs, 24 Pts.
Chichi Ikwuazom, Columbia (So., MB – New York, N.Y.)
2 MP, 9 Sets, 20 K, .381 Hitting %, 1 Dig, 15 TB, 29.5 Pts.
Zoe Chamness, Cornell (Fr., S – Eugene, Ore.)
2 MP, 8 Sets, 48 A, 18 Digs, 1 TB, 1.5 Pts.
Kit McCarty, Cornell (Sr., RS – Hudson, Ohio)
2 MP, 8 Sets, 26 K, .440 Hitting %, 1 A, 4 Digs, 1 TB, 26.5 Pts.
Christina Cornelius, Harvard (Jr., MB – Los Angeles, Calif.)
2 MP, 10 Sets, 28 K, .323 Hitting %, 25 Digs, 7 TB, 32.0 Pts.
Hayley Molnar, Penn (Sr., OH – Arlington, Va.)
2 MP, 8 Sets, 24 K, .302 Hitting %, 7 Digs, 3 TB, 25.5 Pts.
Alexa Underwood, Princeton (Fr., OH – Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
2 MP, 4 Sets, 19 K, .459 Hitting %, 1 A, 1 SA, 8 Digs, 1 TB, 20.5 Pts.
Maggie O’Connell, Princeton (So., RS – Katy, Texas)
2 MP, 6 Sets, 21 K, .386 Hitting %, 3 Digs, 4 TB, 23.0 Pts.
Tristin Kott, Yale (So., OH – Winter Park, Fla.)
2 MP, 8 Sets, 22 K, .230 Hitting %, 10 Digs, 7 TB, 25.5 Pts.