Women's Volleyball Takes on Brown, Yale to Close Regular Season Road Schedule

Beth Kinsella had career-high assist totals last weekend against Cornell and Columbia (Gil Talbot).

The Particulars

The Harvard women's volleyball team plays its final two road contests of the season this weekend, taking on Brown Friday night in Providence, R.I., and Yale Saturday night in New Haven, Conn.

Last Time Out
The Crimson played its second five-set match in as many nights, facing Columbia on its home court last Saturday. After squaring the match at two sets apiece, the Harvard women's volleyball team fell just short in the final set, dropping a 3-2 decision to Columbia Saturday night at Levien Gym.

Fryhofer and Mikaelle Comrie each recorded 16 kills for the Crimson with Fryhofer hitting .517 for the match and adding three blocks on the night. Anne  Carroll Ingersoll and Teresa Skelly each chipped in 10 kills in the game and Beth Kinsella dished out a career-best 51 helpers.

About the Crimson
Harvard enters its final road weekend with an overall record of 7-15 and a conference mark of 4-6. The Crimson is currently tied for fifth in Ivy League standings with Dartmouth and is 5-5 in its last 10 matches.

Ingersoll and Comrie are the two top hitters on the Harvard roster, boasting 2.31 and 2.14 kills per set, respectively. Taylor Docter is second on the team with 154 total kills on the season while Skelly leads the team and is among the top ten in the league with a .292 hitting percentage on the season. Kinsella has found her form as of late, setting season-high assist marks in each of her last two games and upping her assist-per-set average to 7.31 on the year. Christine Wu leads the team with 4.24 digs per set and 365 total on the season.

Scouting Brown
While the Bears have an identical overall mark to the Crimson, they have managed just one win in conference action, entering the weekend with a league record of 1-9. In its last two matches, Brown dropped a pair of 3-0 contests to Ivy foes Penn and Princeton last weekend. Brown's lone win of the year came on the road at Dartmouth, a 3-1 final.

Emma Pastore fronts the Bears with 212 total kills and is averaging 2.75 per set on the season. Katrina Post (2.40) and Thea Derrough (2.07) are also averaging better than 2.00 kills per set on the season. Alexandra Rieckhoff is one of the top setters in the league, averaging 9.68 helpers per set, and also has 22 service aces to her credit. Kathryn Glickman leads the team defensively with 1.07 blocks per set on the year.

Scouting Yale
With an 8-2 Ivy League record, the Bulldogs enter the weekend with the most wins of any team in the conference. Yale stands at 14-7 overall and has conceded just 12 sets in conference action this year. The Bulldogs are riding a six-match winning streak, during which they have conceded just four sets.

Averaging 3.51 kills per set, Bridget Hearst is one of the top hitters in the conference as she is nearing 300 kills on the year. Erica Reetz is putting down 2.99 kills per set and Haley Wessels is averaging 2.53 per set this season. Kendall Polan is handing out 9.36 assists per set and Kelly Ozurovich leads Yale in digs with 413 and 5.36 per stanza.

Up Next
Harvard wraps up its regular season schedule at home next weekend as it takes on Penn Friday, Nov. 12 and Princeton Saturday, Nov. 13. Harvard will recognize its seniors in a pregame ceremony prior to the match against Princeton.