Bwogger Elizabeth Burton is taking over the sports recap this week. Please bear with us, she only recently learned that Columbia has an athletics department.
Volleyball: The Lions (9-10, 3-6 Ivy) lost both matches 0-3 over the weekend.
Against Harvard (10-8, 5-4 Ivy), they lost by only four points in the first set. The margin increased as the match continued with scores of 25-19 and 25-18. There were still highlights on the Columbia side: Isa Lamus tied the season-high in blocks with seven. At Dartmouth (8-12, 4-6 Ivy), the match was more varied. The Lions suffered in the first two sets, losing by 12 and 13 points. They recovered in the third, but they fell two points short of winning the set.
Cross Country: Both the Columbia Cross-Country teams competed in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Princeton. Despite the rain and cold, the Women’s team one their second consecutive title, and the Men’s team finished in fifth place. For the women, seniors Erin Gregoire and Libby Kokes finished second and fourth, respectively. On the men’s side, Kenny Vasbinder earned a second team All-Ivy position and a ninth place finish.
Men’s Soccer: Columbia (8-4-1, 4-1 Ivy) won an important game against Yale (6-5-1, 1-2-2 Ivy) this weekend. The final score was 2-1 with Columbia scoring both its goals in the first half. In the first 90 seconds, Kynan Rocks shot and barely missed, but it was saved by Dylan Mott for the first goal of the game. The other goal was scored by Vana Markarian. This game helped the Lions to advance three points in the Ivy rankings, and they are now second in the League.