The Crimson went 2-2 on their latest road trip and will look to knock off Ivy League foes Cornell and Columbia this weekend (Gil Talbot).
Harvard returns home to continue Ivy League play against Cornell and Columbia in the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson will first face the Big Red on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 p.m. before hosting the Lions on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 5:00 p.m. Harvard is 18-30 all-time against Cornell and holds a 34-11 mark against Columbia.
The Home Team (9-6, 2-3 Ivy League)
Harvard returns home to the MAC after a two-week road trip. The Crimson went 2-2 during the stretch, defeating both Penn and Brown despite loses to Princeton and Yale. Harvard will carry a 9-6 overall record and 2-3 Ivy mark into play on Friday.
Christine Wu has been at the forefront of the Crimson's success, ranking second in the Ivy League and 13th nationally with 5.42 dps. Wu is Harvard's all-time leader in digs (1,643) and needs just 85 more to move into fourth place in Ivy League history.
Freshman Kristen Casey had a tremendous road trip, averaging 3.41 kps and 2.94 dps over the four matches. Casey recorded 19 kills in the Crimson's win at Penn and then bested that total with a season-high 21 kills as Harvard defeated Brown. Sophomore Natalie Doyle has also been key as of late, averaging a double-double (42.0 assists and 14.5 digs) in the team's last four outings.
Taylor Docter currently ranks eighth in the Ivy League with 2.97 kps while Casey's 2.84 kps rank her ninth. The duo also ranks eighth and ninth, respectively, in points per set at 3.38 and 3.31.
Scouting Cornell (2-15, 0-5 Ivy League)
The Big Red come into Friday having lost 10 straight matches, including an 0-5 start in the Ivy League. Madeline Przybyl is leading the Cornell offensive attack with 2.41 kps and a .205 hitting percentage, while Kelly Marble has chipped in 2.31 kps. Jordan Reeder has averaged 6.41 aps while directing the offense and Risa Ka'awa leads the defensive charge with 4.47 dps. Alice Cope has also been stout on the defensive side of the net, ranking second in the conference with 1.30 bps.
Scouting Columbia (10-5, 4-1 Ivy League)
Ivy League Rookie of the Week Caitlin Brenton and the Lions come into this week off a sweep of Ivy rivals Penn and Princeton. Leading Columbia is Megan Gaughn who ranks sixth in the conference with 3.33 kps. Madeline Rumer owns a .333 hitting percentage and averages 2.28 kps while Brenton comes into the weekend averaging 1.55 kps. Columbia is ranked first in the Ivy League and 47th in the nation with 2.47 bps led by Savannah Fletcher's 1.30 bps.
Next for Harvard
The Crimson will travel to Hanover, N.H. to take on Ancient Eight member Dartmouth Oct. 22 at 6 p.m.