Ivy Champ Volleyball Seeks NCAA Bid Friday At Harvard; Match Free On ILDN
The last time the Princeton women's volleyball team left the Malkin Center, it had suffered a 3-0 loss and was in the midst of a three-match losing streak to open its Ivy League season. Even the most optimistic of supporters couldn't have imagined another Tiger trip to Boston this season, especially one with an NCAA tournament bid on the line.
Yet, here we are.
|Date/Time||Nov. 7 • 7 pm|
|Location||Malkin Center l Directions|
|Live Video||Ivy League Digital Network (FREE)|
|@PUTigers l @PUTigers_Live l @PrincetonVolley|
|Princeton||15-8, 10-4 Ivy l 15th Ivy championship|
|Harvard||14-10, 10-4 Ivy l 3rd Ivy championship|
|2015 Head-To-Head||HARVARD 3, Princeton 0 l PRINCETON 3, Harvard 0|
Princeton, a 3-4 team midway through the Ivy season, won seven straight matches and clinched a share of the league crown with a thrilling 3-1 road victory at Columbia. A season filled with drama had plenty at the end, as the Tigers needed wins of 29-27 and 26-24 to defeat the Lions and secure its most shocking of 15 Ivy titles.
No team in a double-round-robin sport had ever won an Ivy League title prior to Princeton's victory last weekend, but the job is not finished now. Princeton is seeking its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2007, though it would have to come at a site where the Tigers haven't won a single set since 2012.
The match will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network for free; you can access the link in the chart above.
Princeton has gotten terrific individual performances up and down the roster, but three players have combined to win seven of the last eight Ivy League individual honors. Both opposite Kendall Peterkin and outside hitter Cara Mattaliano have won two of the last four Player of the Week honors, while setter Claire Nussbaum has won three of the last four Rookie of the Week honors. Mattaliano and Nussbaum earned the honors after a road sweep of Cornell and Columbia last weekend.
Princeton holds a 49-13 all-time lead in this series, but the Crimson have won three straight over the Tigers at Malkin. The last time the Tigers won there was Sept. 28, 2012, when Peterkin recorded 27 kills and nine digs in a 25-23, 22-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-8 win.
This will be the fifth playoff in Ivy League history. Both teams were involved in a four-time playoff in 2004, which Cornell eventually won. Harvard played Yale in a playoff match last season, which the Bulldogs won.