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Volleyball Drops Pair, Including Marathon v. Siena, To Close First Weekend

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 09/01/2012
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Lydia Rudnick had 16 kills apiece against both Siena and Hofstra.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

BOX SCORES: Siena l Hofstra

While there were some positive individual performances to build on, the Princeton women's volleyball team did not get the team results it looked for during the final day of the Hofstra Invitational. After a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Siena, the Tigers fell in four to the host school.

Princeton closed the weekend with a 1-2 record, which included Friday's 3-1 victory over Saint Francis. The Tigers used a furious rally to get within two points of a second win, but Siena held off the charge for a Saturday morning win.

Princeton trailed Siena 2-0 before taking consecutive 25-21 sets and forcing a fifth. Siena went up again, but Princeton fought off four match balls late and ultimately drew a 14-14 tie. Siena bounced back to score the last two points and take the win.

As she did the night before, freshman Kendall Peterkin led Princeton in kills (17), and added 12 digs and four blocks. Two-time first-team All-Ivy honoree Lydia Rudnick added 16 kills and 18 digs, while sophomore middle Nicole Kincade had 15 kills, 10 blocks and only one error.

Sophomore Ginny Willis recorded 53 assists, while freshman libero Sarah Daschbach added 17 digs. Junior Leah Jordan played all five sets in the middle and had eight kills without an error.

Head coach Sabrina King was able to use most of her bench in the loss to Hofstra, though the same three players led Princeton in kills. Rudnick had a team-best 16, while Peterkin added 12 and Kincade had 11. The trio combined for 39 of Princeton's 47 kills in the win.

The performance of Kincade had to be especially pleasing to King, since Princeton's top middle hitter for the last three years (Cathryn Quinn) graduated last spring. Kincade hit .419 for the weekend and averaged 2.8 kills per set.

Peterkin also had an especially strong first weekend, and was named to the all-tournament team.

Willis added 45 assists against Hofstra, while Daschbach had 12 digs.

Princeton will head to Hamilton, N.Y., next weekend to compete in the Colgate Invitational.

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