|Kills||Chichi Ikwuazom (9)||Maggie O'Connell (12)|
|Assists||Audrey Cheng (31)||Jessie Harris (38)|
|Aces||Kalie Wood (2)||Maddie Huber (1)|
|Digs||Kalie Wood (15)||Alexa Underwood (14)|
|Blocks||Chichi Ikwuazom (4)||Two tied (1)|
PRINCETON, N.J. — The Columbia volleyball team’s four-match winning streak came to an end in a three-set loss to Princeton (18-25, 23-25, 20-25) Friday night at Dillon Gym.
After Princeton won a fairly one-sided first set, the two teams played to 16 ties and eight lead changes in a closely contested second. Early kills by senior Anja Malesevic and first year Jamie Dailey put the Lions on top, 8-5, but Princeton responded with the next four points to regain the lead. From there, neither side led by more than two points. The back-and-forth action came to a 22-all tie in the late stages, however, the Tigers scored three of the final four points to take a 2-0 lead and pull away with the match.
Columbia (9-11, 4-7 Ivy) was led by Chichi Ikwuazom in defeat. The sophomore recorded team-highs of nine kills and four blocks while hitting .368. Junior Natasha Kosowicz hit .400 with seven kills and 13 digs, while junior Madeleine Casey had six kills, all in the final set, and hit a team-best .545. Sophomore libero Kalie Wood led all players with 15 digs.
Princeton (15-6, 8-3 Ivy) got a match-high 12 kills by Maggie O’Connell. O’Connell hit .391 and was joined in double figures by Caroline Sklaver, who had 10 kills and hit .562. Setter Jessie Harris hit a match-high .727 with eight kills and also put together a double-double of 38 assists and 11 digs. Alexa Underwood led all Tigers with 14 digs.
The Lions outblocked Princeton, 5-1, but the Tigers hit .330 as a team with 52 kills to earn the three-set victory. Columbia finished the contest hitting .198 with 38 kills.
Weekend action continues Saturday when Columbia takes on Penn. First serve at the Palestra is slated for 5 p.m.