Volleyball Will Take On Top-20 Opponent During George Washington Invite
The Princeton women's volleyball team isn't lowering the bar during its final weekend of non-league competition. The Tigers will head to the George Washington Invitational this weekend, where they will face three opponents, including No. 15 BYU.
Princeton is 2-4 on the season, but it will have the chance to gain some momentum before the Ivy League opener on Sept. 22 with a strong performance this weekend.
The competition will begin Friday at 7 pm against the host school. George Washington is 2-9 on the season, although three of those losses have come against Top-25 teams. Lauren White is the team's top hitter with 3.5 kills per set, while Jessica Lubic is averaging .4 aces per set. The Colonials are strong defensively, with Candace Silva-Martin leading the way with 3.3 digs per set.
Princeton will face undefeated BYU Saturday at noon. The Cougars come into the weekend with a 9-0 record, and they already have two Top-25 victories this season. BYU hits .315 as a team, which is eighth-best nationally. Two individuals are also ranked in the Top 20; Heather Hannemann is 15th in the nation in assists (11.7), while Jennifer Hamson is 16th in kills (4.5).
Princeton will conclude the weekend Saturday at 5 pm against New Hampshire, which is 5-6 on the season. Morgan Thatcher leads the team with four points per set, while Delaney Dameron has team highs in both hitting percentage (.237) and blocks (.81).
The Tigers, who were without their freshman class in Wednesday night's loss to Seton Hall, will be at full strength this weekend. All-Ivy senior Lydia Rudnick comes into the weekend with a team-best 4.04 kills per set, while freshman Kendall Peterkin ranks third in the league with 3.0 points per set. Sophomore Ginny Willis leads the Ivies with 10.1 assists per set, while sophomore Nicole Kincade leads the Ivy League with 1.3 blocks per set.
Following the weekend, Princeton will play its home opener Tuesday night at 7 against Lehigh. That will be the final non-league match of the season; the Tigers will head to The Palestra the following Saturday for a 5 pm Ivy League opener at Penn.