Seniors Lead Women's Volleyball Against Penn, Princeton
The Harvard women's volleyball team wraps up its regular season schedule this weekend as it welcomes Penn and Princeton to the Malkin Athletic Center. Before Saturday's game against Princeton, Harvard will recognize its two seniors, Miyoko Pettit and Mikaelle Comrie, in a pregame ceremony.
Last Time Out
Harvard wrapped up its regular season road schedule Saturday as it dropped a 3-0 decision to Yale at Lee Amphitheater. Anne Carroll Ingersoll led the Crimson with eight kills on the night while Taylor Docter was close behind with seven. Beth Kinsella had 21 assists in the game while Miyoko Pettit chipped in nine digs in the game.
The night before, Taylor Docter put down a career-high 22 kills, including the final two of the match, as the Crimson captured a five-set thriller, 3-2, over Brown Friday night in Providence. Docter's 22 kills led all hitters, as did her .432 hitting percentage on the evening. Martin added 10 kills in the match and Sandra Lynne Fryhofer chipped in nine for the Crimson. Setter Beth Kinsella had another strong night with 41 kills and Christine Wu picked up 29 digs in the victory.
About the Crimson
Harvard enters the final weekend of the season with a 5-7 record in league play and an 8-16 overall mark. Having faced Yale in its last game and going up against Penn and Princeton this weekend, Harvard will face the top three teams in the conference, in order, in its final three matches of the season.
Anne Carroll Ingersoll remains the top hitter on the Crimson, averaging 2.32 kills per set while Mikaelle Comrie is also averaging over two kills per frame at 2.10. Docter's 165 total kills on the season is a team high. Beth Kinsella leads the team with 518 total assists and 7.30 assists per set while Christine Wu's 4.21 digs per set is a team-high mark. Freshman Teresa Skelly is blocking 0.95 shots per set and has a team-high 78 total blocks on the season.
The Quakers come in to the Harvard matchup with a 9-2 mark in league play, good for second place in the standings. Penn is riding a two-match win streak heading into Cambridge, having downed Columbia, 3-2, and Cornell, 3-0, in its two most recent matches.
Julia Swanson is Penn's top hitter, averaging 3.31 kills per set and boasting a team-high total of 258 kills on the year. Lauren Martin (2.87 kills per set) and Amanda Pacheco (2.51) rank second and third on the team in hitting while setter Megan Tryon is averaging 10.62 assists per frame and leads the team with 17 service aces on the year. Madi Wojciechowski leads the Quakers with 5.82 digs per set and Susan Stuecheli is blocking 0.96 attacks per set this season.
Princeton begins the weekend right behind Penn in the league standings, boasting a third-place league record of 8-3 to go along with a 13-9 overall mark. The Tigers split a pair of matches last weekend at home, downing Cornell, 3-1, and falling to Columbia by the same score.
Lydia Rudnick enters the weekend as the only player in the Ivy League averaging better than four kills per set, putting down an impressive 4.70 per frame on the season. Cathryn Quinn (2.64) and Jennifer Palmquist (2.31) are also averaging over two kills per set for the Tigers. Michaela Venuti, the Tigers' setter, is dishing out 9.17 helpers per set while Hillary Ford leads the team both in digs (312) and service aces (17). Quinn (0.88), Palmquist (0.86) and Liz McStravick (0.85) are all averaging over 0.80 blocks per set on the season.