Photo of Chelsea Ono Horn and Katherine Kocurek courtesy of Gil Talbot.
The Crimson wraps up its road swing with contests in New York this week. Harvard plays at Cornell Friday at 7 p.m. and Columbia Saturday at 4 p.m.
Scouting the Crimson
In its last time out, Harvard fell to Dartmouth, 25-14, 25-22, 25-19. Sophomore Christine Wu led all players with 19 digs on the night for her 12th contest of the season in double figures. Junior Mikaelle Comrie led the Crimson with eight kills, while seven other Crimson players had at least two kills on the night. Sophomore Anne Carroll Ingersoll registered seven kills and three blocks in the three-set match.
Ingersoll leads the Crimson in kills per set with 2.92 and blocks with 0.94 per set. She has also served up 10 aces (0.29 per set) which is good enough for second on the squad, trailing only freshman Taylor Docter (0.29). Durwood paces the team in assists with 9.35 per set, while Wu leads the team in digs with 5.06.
Scouting the Lions
Cornell snapped Columbia’s five-match win streak last Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y., with a 3-1 win. The Lions (10-5, 1-1) swept the Big Red the week before as part of five straight wins and eight out of 10.
Freshman Megan Gaughn leads the team and the Ivy League in kills (4.10). She also paces the team in aces (0.26) and is second in digs (3.21). Kelsey Musselman paces a trio of setters with 6.05 assists per set. Ellie Thomas has a team-best 4.98 digs per set, while Monique Roberts averages a team-best 1.03 blocks per set.
The Crimson owns a 32-10 advantage in the series with the Lions that dates back to 1981. Harvard has won six straight over the Lions, including a pair of shutouts last fall.
Scouting the Big Red
Cornell (4-9, 1-1) snapped a six-match losing streak against Hartford Sept. 26 and has won two in a row entering Friday’s match. The Big Red has won both its five-set matches this season, but has lost its two four-set contests.
Freshman Deveney Pula leads the team in kills per set with 2.72, while sophomore Jordan Reeder, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, paces the Big Red in assists with 7.39 per set. Seniors Megan Mushovic and Juliana Rogers pace the team in digs with 3.93 per set and blocks with 0.76 blocks per set, respectively.
Cornell leads the series that dates back to 1981, 30-14. The Big Red has won nine in a row over the Crimson with the last five going to a fifth set.
Climbing the Ladder
Lily Durwood and Katherine Kocurek already have their names in the Harvard record books, and their performances this season are helping them move up the all-time lists. Kocurek is just two digs away (one to tie) from moving into second on the all-time digs list. She has 1,291 career digs. She need’s 73 digs to take over the program record. Durwood is just 82 assists away from being the third Harvard player to accumulate 3,000 handouts. She is third on the all-time list with 2,918.
Leaders of the Pack
Anne Carroll Ingersoll is one of two Harvard players in the top 10 in the league in hitting. She leads the conference with a .342 hititng percentage, while Sandra Lynn Fryhofer is seventh with a .285 clip. Ingersoll also ranks in the top 10 in the league in blocks (second), points (fifth), kills (ninth) and service aces (10th). Chrstine Wu is third in the league in digs, Lily Durwood is fourth in assists and Taylor Docter is ninth in service aces.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the Crimson will do their part with Dig Pink on Friday, Oct. 30. The program is to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer. Last Year, the nationwide program had 300 college teams participate and raised $390,000 for cancer research teams focused on target therapies and molecular profiling as well as "living with cancer" organizations nationwide.
On the Horizon
Harvard returns home for a pair of conference match ups next weekend. The Crimson hosts Princeton Oct. 16 (7 p.m.) and Penn Oct. 17 (4 p.m.).