PHILADELPHIA Sophomore libero Madison Wojciechowski was named Ivy League Player of the Week for her part in Penn’s weekend sweep of Ancient Eight matches. The victories over Columbia (3-1) and Cornell (3-2) propelled Penn into third place in the Ivies with three weeks to go in the season.
The highlight of the weekend was her record-setting performance against Cornell on Saturday during the Quakers’ 3-2 win over the Big Red.
Wojciechowski broke a four-year old school record for digs in a match with her 40 against the Big Red. The previous mark was 38, set by Cara Thomason against Princeton on Oct. 31, 2004. Wojciechowski also set a new career-best in the match, eclipsing her previous career high of 34 set against Brown in her freshman season. She now owns three of the top six single-match marks in Penn history as just a sophomore.
In the match against Cornell, Wojciechowski made the most of her digs, coming up big defensively to extend rallies in Penn’s favor. Her most important digs of the match were her final two. With the match tied 14-14 in the final set, Wojciechowski came up with two athletic digs to extend the point. Penn ultimately took the lead, 15-14, and won the match on the next serve.
In addition to her 40 digs against Cornell, Wojciechowski had 20 digs in Friday’s 3-1 win over Columbia. She has finished with double-digits in digs in 20 of Penn’s 21 matches and has reached the 20-dig plateau nine times this season. She has 396 digs this season and is 61 away from the single-season record (457) she set last season.
“Madison’s weekend was a culmination of several good days of practice,” acting head coach Ryan Goodwin said. “She is an extremely hard worker on the defensive end and motivates our entire team. Setting this record shows she is one of the top liberos in the Ivy League.”
Penn is back in action Nov. 7 at Harvard at 7 p.m.