Christine Wu became Harvard's all-time digs leader last weekend at the Bryant Invitational (Gil Talbot).
After notching four road wins in its first six matches of the season, the Harvard women's volleyball team opens its home schedule Tuesday night against New Hampshire at the Malkin Athletic Center. The match against the Wildcats kicks off a five-match homestand for the Crimson.
So Far This Season
Harvard is off to its best start in a decade, putting together a 4-2 record in appearances at the Georgia State and Bryant Invitationals. A tough five-set loss to the College of Charleston to start the season didn't shake the Crimson, as it rebounded to down tournament host Georgia State in five and sweep Jacksonville State to finish the tourney 2-1. Two convincing wins over Holy Cross and Bryant helped the Crimson to a 2-1 record at last weekend's Bryant Invitational.
At the conclusion of the Georgia State invitational, senior libero and co-captain Christine Wu and junior outside hitter Taylor Docter were named to the all-tournament team. Following last weekend's Bryant Invitational, Wu earned her second all-tournament team nod and was joined by sophomore middle blocker Teresa Skelly.
Can You Dig It?
With her 28 digs against Bryant last weekend, Christine Wu became the all-time digs leader in Harvard program history. Wu entered the season with 1,318 career digs, just 98 back of former teammate Katherine Kocurek '10. Wu has collected 133 digs in just six matches this season and currently stands at 1,451 for her career. She had a season-high 36 digs in the 2011 opener against the College of Charleston.
The Crimson features five freshmen on the 2011 roster: Kristen Casey, Katherine Ingersoll, Tara MacLean, Sindhu Vegesena and Caroline Walters. Casey has emerged as one of Harvard's top hitters this season, ranking second on the team with 56 total kills and 2.43 kills per set.
Taylor Docter leads all Harvard hitters with 68 kills on the season and a 2.96 kills-per-set average. Kristen Casey (56) and Teresa Skelly (54) are close behind, while Erin Cooney has put down 47 kills this season. Christine Wu's total of 133 digs is a team high, and fellow co-captain Sandra Lynne Fryhofer leads the squad with 27 total and four solo blocks this year.
The Crimson continues its homestand this weekend when it hosts the Harvard Invitational Friday and Saturday. Harvard welcomes Holy Cross, Northeastern and Navy to the Malkin Athletic Center, leading off with the Crusaders Friday night at 7 p.m.