Volleyball Tops Brown, Earns Opportunity For First-Place Showdown Saturday
The Princeton women's volleyball team played four straight road matches with one intention — to make the fifth one worthwhile. The Tigers' 3-1 victory at Brown Friday night did just that, setting up a first-place showdown at Yale Saturday at 5 p.m.
Princeton overcame a first-set loss to defeat Brown 25-27, 25-23, 25-14, 25-17 and improve its Ivy League record to 9-2. Yale also won Friday, defeating Penn 3-0, so the Bulldogs remain alone in first with a 10-1 record. Yale will be looking to clinch at least a share of the Ivy League title tomorrow during its Senior Day, while Princeton will be looking to throw the standings for a loop.
Princeton was led by the dynamic play of senior middle Cathryn Quinn and junior rightside Jennifer Palmquist, both of whom hit well over .400 in the victory. Quinn had 14 kills, four blocks and three aces while hitting .429 to assure herself one final shot at the league crown. Palmquist had her best match in weeks, recording 13 kills with only one error and hitting .462 in the win.
A pair of freshmen also showed impressive poise in the win. Outside Sarah Hanna had eight kills with only two errors, while middle Nicole Kincade added six kills, four blocks and hit .385 during the win. Reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week Ginny Willis led all players with 45 assists, while senior libero Hillary Ford added 24 digs. Junior Lydia Rudnick may not have had her typical offensive day, but she more than made up for it with 15 digs and five blocks.
Now the Tigers can put their full focus on Yale, which has won two of the last three Ivy League titles. Princeton handed Yale its only Ivy loss of the season during a 3-1 match at Dillon Gym, but it will likely need the season sweep to have a real shot at the league crown.