A challenging week of competition is in store for the Princeton women's volleyball team, starting Wednesday night when the Tigers head to Walsh Arena in South Orange to take on Seton Hall in the Pirates' 2012 home opener.
Princeton is currently 2-3 on the season, having played at both the Hofstra Invitational and the Colgate Invitational. Last weekend, the Tigers defeated both Colgate and the University of Montreal (the latter doesn't count as an NCAA victory), and lost a tough 15-13 fifth set to Siena.
The Tigers have been led once again by two-time All-Ivy outside hitter Lydia Rudnick, who leads the Ivy League and ranks in the Top 30 nationally with 4.2 kills per set. A new face among the statistical leaders for Princeton is freshman Kendall Peterkin, who is second in the Ivy League with three kills per set.
Princeton has also gotten strong starts from the sophomore duo of Nicole Kincade and Ginny Willis. Kincade, who takes over as the Tigers' top middle following the 2012 graduation of Cathryn Quinn, leads the league with 1.4 blocks per set. Willis, an All-Ivy setter as a freshman last season, leads the league with 10.1 assists per set.
Seton Hall has gotten off to a very strong start this season, winning eight of its first nine matches. The Pirates are dominating on the defensive side of the court, averaging more than two digs per set more than their opponents. Offensively, the duo of Stacey Manthorpe and Molly Grammer are averaging 5.8 kills per set.
Among Seton Hall's eight wins this season is a 3-0 sweep of Hofstra. In the opening weekend for Princeton, Hofstra scored a 3-1 win over the Tigers.
Following Wednesday's match, Princeton will compete in its final weekend of non-league competition at the George Washington Invitational. Among its opponents will be BYU, the 15th-ranked team in the nation. BYU defeated Princeton in the 1999 NCAA tournament, when current Tigers head coach Sabrina King '01 was a junior outside hitter for the Ivy champion.