Harvard returns home this weekend to conclude the 2011 season against Yale and Brown in the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson will first face the archrival Bulldogs Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. before hosting the Bears on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 5:00 p.m.
The Home Team
Harvard returns to the MAC after a trip to New York to face Ivy foes Columbia and Cornell. The Crimson were defeated in straight sets at Columbia, 3-0, on Friday and were edged out, 3-2, at Cornell on Saturday. Harvard carries an 11-11 overall record and 4-8 Ivy mark into play tonight.
The Crimson will honor senior co-captains Sandra Lynne Fryhofer and Christine Wu prior to Saturday's match against Brown. Fryhofer will graduate having recorded more than 700 kills and 250 blocks in her career, while Wu was named to the All-Ivy League second team in 2009 and was an honorable mention pick in 2010 and 2008.
Digging Into History
Senior co-captain Christine Wu moved into second place in Ivy League history for career digs last Friday at Columbia, cementing her place in Harvard and Ancient Eight history. Wu recorded 28 digs against the Lions, not only clinching the number two spot in Ancient Eight history but also setting a new career high for digs in a three set match. The senior has amassed 1,801 digs in her career, and enters play this weekend ranked 17th in the NCAA with 5.55 dps.
The Crimson have combined for 20 double-doubles this season, led by Kristen Casey and Natalie Doyle who have each turned in seven. Beth Kinsella has notched five double-doubles while Taylor Docter has recorded two.
Harvard ranks third in the Ivy League with an average of 2.09 bps, and has turned in at least 10 blocks in seven matches this year. The Crimson recorded a season-high 17 blocks in its 3-2 win at Georgia State and recently notched 11 blocks and 10 blocks, respectively, in back-to-back matches against Penn and Princeton.
The Bulldogs boast a 17-5 overall record and sit in first place in the conference standings with an 11-1 mark. Yale enters the weekend with conference bests in hitting percentage (.248), opponent-hitting percentage (.165), assists per set (13.04) and kills per set (13.95). Leading the way is freshman Mollie Rogers who has averaged 3.16 kps, which ranks sixth in the conference. Allie Frappier is eighth in the Ancient Eight with 3.03 kps, while Kendall Polan has posted an Ivy best 10.81 aps.
The Bears carry a 6-17 overall record and 2-10 conference mark into play this weekend. Maddie Lord entered the weekend ranked fourth in the Ivy League with 3.38 kps while Annika Gliottone also sits in fourth place with 5.05 dps.