The Harvard women's volleyball team opens Ivy League play Saturday, September 24 against Dartmouth in the Malkin Athletic Center. This marks the 11th straight season the Crimson and Big Green have begun conference play against one another and the 15th time overall. Harvard holds an 8-6 edge over Dartmouth in Ivy League openers.
The Home Team
Harvard is off to its best start in program history, matching the 1984 team with a 7-3 record through 10 matches. Senior co-captain Christine Wu has been at the forefront of the Crimson's success, ranking 17th in the nation with 5.37 dps while also leading the team in aces (12). Junior Taylor Docter has turned in a team-best 2.89 kps with classmate Beth Kinsella dishing out 10.05 aps to direct the offense. Sophomore Teresa Skelly leads the Crimson with a .315 hitting percentage and 1.08 bps.
Earlier this season Wu became Harvard's all-time leader in digs. She also ranks sixth in Ivy League history with 1,523 and needs only three digs on Saturday to move into fifth place.
Last Time Out
The Crimson hosted the Harvard Invitational last weekend where it placed second with a 2-1 record. Harvard defeated Holy Cross and Navy in straight sets before falling to the tournament champion, Northeastern, 3-1. Wu and Erin Cooney were named to the all-tournament team at the conclusion of the event, marking the third all-tournament team selection for Wu this season.
The Big Green will bring a four-match winning streak and an overall record of 8-3 into the MAC Saturday. Leading the Dartmouth squad is Ivy League Player of the Week Annie Villanueva who helped her team to a perfect 3-0 record at the Dartmouth Invitational last weekend. She is currently ranked 19th in the nation and leads the Ivy League in hitting percentageat.415. Other key members of the Big Green include senior Madeline Baird and Alissa Santa Maria, each of whom were named to the Dartmouth Invitational All-Tournament Team. This duo leads the team in both kills (3.64) and assists (8.12), respectively.
Harvard has enjoyed success in the overall series against the Big Green with a 42-14 all-time record. Dartmouth, however, has won four consecutive matches versus the Crimson dating back to the 2009 season.
Next for Harvard
The Crimson will open a four-match road trip next weekend when it visits Princeton on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.