Cornelius Nabs Second Ivy League Rookie of the Week Award

Cornelius Nabs Second Ivy League Rookie of the Week Award

Cornelius ranks 10th in the NCAA in blocks per set (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Christina Cornelius has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after helping the Harvard women's volleyball team maintain its lead in the Ivy League standings with a pair of straight set victories at Cornell and Columbia.

The honor is the second of the year for Cornelius, who was also named Rookie of the Week on Sept. 22, and the eighth weekly award picked up by the Crimson this season.

A native of Los Angeles, California, Cornelius averaged 2.33 kills per set, 1.67 digs per set and 1.50 blocks per set while hitting .583 during the team's final homestand. The freshman was dominant against Cornell, hitting .778 with seven kills, seven digs and five blocks before adding seven kills, four blocks and a .467 percentage against Columbia.

Cornelius currently ranks 10th in the NCAA with 1.57 blocks per set and leads the Ivy League with a .361 hitting percentage. Her 110 total blocks this season rank seventh in program history, while her 93 block assists are second most and one shy of Jennifer Jose's '96 single-season record of 94.

Harvard holds a one-match lead over Dartmouth and Princeton in the Ivy League standings with just two matches remaining, and controls its own destiny as it seeks the program's first appearance in the NCAA tournament. The Crimson will first visit Yale on Friday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. before closing out its regular season at Brown on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. Both matches can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network by clicking here.