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Harvard Returns Home to Face Penn and Princeton

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The Crimson will take on two more Ivy-League challenges at home this weekend. Harvard plays against Princeton Friday at 7 p.m. and Penn Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Malkin Athletic Center.

Scouting the Crimson
In its last time out, the Crimson defeated Columbia, 25-20, 25-17, 25-19. Sophomore Christine Wu led both teams with nine digs, while classmate Anne Carroll Ingersoll paced the team with 11 kills and three blocks. Four other Crimson players had at least five kills in the shutout.

Ingersoll leads the Crimson in kills per set with 2.98 and blocks with 0.98 per set. She has also served up 12 aces (0.28) which also leads the squad. Durwood paces the team in assists with 9.48 per set, while Wu leads the team in digs with 5.05 per set.

Scouting the Tigers
Princeton defeated Brown, 3-1, to earn its first conference win of the season. Sheena Donohue recorded 20 digs and 21 kills including three straight kills to seal the victory. This is the Tiger’s third win of the season and first win after a two-match losing streak. Princeton is 3-11 on the season under new head coach Jolie Ward.

Sheena Donohue leads Princeton in kills per set with 3.22 and digs with 4.30 per set. Lydia Rudnick paces the group with six aces (0.17). Molly Bagshaw leads the Tiger’s in assists with 9.59 per set. Elizabeth McStravick comes in first in blocks with 26 (0.76).

The Series: Princeton holds a 41-8 lead against the Crimson since their first meeting in 1981, winning their last 12 matches. Harvard looks to win at home for the first time since Nov.15, 1996.

Scouting the Quakers
The Quakers are coming off a three-match win streak after beating Brown and Yale in last weekend. The Quakers have increased their win total this year to an overall record of 12-4 and remains unbeaten at 3-0 in the Ivy League standings.

Freshmen Lauren Martin was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for 15 kills in a three-set win over Brown and 21 kills in Penn’s victory against Yale.

Martin paces the Quakers in kills per set with 3.53. Madi Wojciechowski leads the team in digs with 338 (5.73). Megan Tryon leads has a tem-best 11.18 assist per set and is first on the squad with 13 aces (0.21). Ashley Hawkins has 49 blocks (.91) on the year.

The Series: Penn leads the series, 36-7, that dates back to 1981. The Quakers have won seven straight against the Crimson going into Saturday’s match.

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 moved into second on the all-time digs list over the weekend with 1,306 career digs. She need’s 58 digs to take over the program record. Durwood is just nine assists away from being the third Harvard player to accumulate 3,000 handouts. She is third on the all-time list with 2,991.

Leaders of the Pack
Anne Carroll Ingersoll is one of two Harvard players in the top 10 in the league in hitting. She is second in the conference with a .326 hitting percentage, while Sandra Lynn Fryhofer is fourth with a .225 clip. Ingersoll also ranks in the top 10 in the league in blocks (second), points (fifth), kills (ninth) and service aces (10th). Christine Wu is third in the league in digs and Lily Durwood is fourth in assists.

Dig Pink
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.

Coming Up
The Crimson returns to the road for league contests at Brown and Yale next weekend. Harvard takes on the Bears at 7 p.m. on Oct. 23 and then visits the Bulldogs on Oct. 24 for a 4 p.m. match.