Women's Volleyball Goes for Third Straight Win Friday Versus Dartmouth
The Crimson is in search of its first three-match conference win streak since 2009 (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women's volleyball team, winners of two straight and four of its last five, will look to continue its recent trend when it hosts Dartmouth at the Malkin Athletic Center Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
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Last Time Out
Senior captain Taylor Docter tallied a match-best 21 kills, two shy of the career-high of 23 she notched at Dartmouth earlier this season, to lead the Harvard women's volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over Columbia Saturday at Levien Gym. The Crimson won by set scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-20.
Kathleen Wallace registered 12 kills, while Erin Cooney chipped in seven and hit a team-high .462 for Harvard. Kristen Casey finished with a career-best 23 digs, and Caroline Walters tallied five total blocks to pace the Crimson defense. Hannah Schmidt and Beth Kinsella split the setting duties, dishing out 24 and 21 assists, respectively.
Harvard's offense has been bookended by experience, with senior captain Taylor Docter and freshman Kathleen Wallace leading the way. Docter owns a team-best 3.15 kps average, good for third in the Ivy League, while Wallace owns a .271 kps average and a .281 hitting percentage. Junior Erin Cooney is third on the squad with 2.09 kps and sophomore Caroline Walters (1.79 kps) boasts a team best .373 hitting percentage, the third highest in the Ancient Eight.
Harvard ranks second in the Ivy League as a group with a combined .222 hitting percentage, its highest mark since hitting .208 in 2008.
Setting it Up
Senior Beth Kinsella and freshman Hannah Schmidt have shared the setting duties as the team has shifted into a 6-2 offensive system. Kinsella has dished out 349 assists for an average of 5.54 per set, while Schmidt has tallied 305 assists for a 4.69 average.
On the Block
Middle blockers Teresa Skelly, Caroline Walters and Caroline Holte have helped Harvard average 2.33 bps, good for second in the Ivy League. Holte leads the team with 64 total blocks and a 0.97 bps average. Walters ranks a close second with 62 total blocks and an average of 0.94 bps with Skelly chipping in 21 total blocks and 0.88 bps in limited action.
Keep an Eye Out For…
Beth Kinsella, Taylor Docter and Teresa Skelly each have a chance to make their marks on the Harvard record books this season. Kinsella currently ranks sixth all-time with 1,586 assists and has averaged 7.14 aps for her career. Docter has moved past current assistant coach Christine Wu '12 for sixth place in career aces (95), while her career 2.64 kps are good for eighth. She is also just 15 kills shy of joining Harvard's all-time top 10 with 907. Skelly, meanwhile, is just six block assists (178) short of entering the program's top 10 and needs 35 total blocks (204) to join that list as well.
Scouting Dartmouth (2-15, 1-6 Ivy League)
Dartmouth has lost seven straight matches to fall to 2-15 overall and 1-6 in the Ivy League. The Big Green's last win came on Sept. 21 when it knocked off Harvard in five sets, 3-2, in in Hanover, N.H. Alex Schoenberger leads the attack and ranks 10th in the Ivies with 2.74 kps while Elisa Scudder owns the eighth-best hitting percentage at .300. Kayden Cook has dished out 7.41 aps, the fourth-highest average in the league, with Lucia Pohlman and Scudder ranking fourth and 10th, respectively, with 0.34 saps and 0.26 saps.
The Big Green defeated Harvard in five sets earlier this season to mark Dartmouth's seventh consecutive win over the Crimson. Despite the loss, Taylor Docter had a banner day as she recorded a career-high 23 kills, 15 digs and a .284 hitting percentage. Kathleen Wallace and Erin Cooney chipped in 14 kills and 12 kills, respectively, and Caroline Walters added 10 kills, a .444 hitting percentage and six blocks. Kristen Casey led the defensive efforts with 20 digs.
Taking Home the Honors
Senior captain Taylor Docter was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Oct. 16 after averaging 5.00 kps and 2.57 dps with a .280 hitting percentage at Cornell and Columbia. Docter scored 14 kills and added four blocks and six digs in a 3-1 win over the Big Red, and returned to the court the following day to notch 21 kills in a sweep of the Lions. Her 21 kills were two shy of her career-high, and the most for a Crimson student-athlete in a three-set match since 2008. The senior hit .293 on the night and tallied 12 digs for her ninth double-double of the year.
Just Keep Winning
Harvard has won two straight matches and has been victorious in four of its last five. The Crimson is looking for its first three-match win streak since defeating New Hampshire, Holy Cross and Navy in September of 2011. The last time Harvard won three consecutive matches in the Ivy League was in October of 2009, when the Crimson defeated Cornell and Columbia on the road and Princeton at home.
Holte of the Block
Freshman Caroline Holte turned in a stellar performance against Brown, recording a career-high eight block assists while adding six kills and hitting .625. Holte's eight blocks were the most in a three-set match for the Crimson since 2008, and the fifth most overall.
Harvard finished the match against Brown with a season-high 15 blocks, marking the highest total for the team since turning in 17 in a 3-2 win over Georgia State in 2011.
Seniors Taylor Docter and Beth Kinsella and freshman Hannah Schmidt have combined for 17 double-doubles this season. Each recorded a double-double in back-to-back matches three weeks ago against Princeton and Penn, while Docter's streak of consecutive double-doubles reached five.
Harvard has recorded double-digit blocks in six matches this season, most recently turning in 12.5 in a 3-1 win at Cornell. Harvard currently ranks second in the Ivy League with 2.33 bps, its highest average since 2003.
Taylor Docter set a new career-high with 23 kills at Dartmouth and finished the evening hitting .284 on 67 attempts with just four errors. Docter's 23 kills are the second most for any Crimson student-athlete since 2008, with Kathryn McKinley's '09 total of 26 at Yale in 2008 topping the list.
Serving it Up
Taylor Docter matched her career-high with five aces at New Hampshire, marking the fourth time the senior has tallied five in a single match. Docter's five aces were also the second-highest total of any Crimson since 2008, with Katherine Kocurek's '10 six aces at Dartmouth in 2008 leading the way.
Hitting it Home
Harvard registered a .474 hitting percentage against Providence, by far the highest hitting percentage of the season recorded by an Ivy League school. The Crimson converted 40 kills against the Friars on 78 attempts while only committing three errors. Caroline Walters hit a match-high .750 (6-0-8) while Kathleen Wallace hit .667 (12-0-18), the fifth-highest individual hitting percentage with a minimum of 10 attempts in the Ancient Eight this season. Caroline Holte (7-1-10) and Jennifer Shults (4-0-7) also got in on the action, hitting .600 and .571, respectively.
Harvard last hit .400 for a match on Sept. 27, 2008, when the squad combined for a .456 hitting percentage (35-4-68) in a 3-0 win over St. Francis (Pa.).
Senior co-captain Taylor Docter was named to both the Hokie Invitational and Harvard Invitational all-tournament teams. She was joined on the Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team by freshman Kathleen Wallace and sophomore Caroline Walters, while Kristen Casey was named to the New England Challenge All-Tournament Team, marking the first all-tourney honor of each of their careers.
Captain of the Ship
Senior Taylor Docter was voted by her teammates as the 59th captain of Harvard women's volleyball. Docter was an All-Ivy League second team and Academic All-Ivy honoree in 2011 after ranking eighth in the conference in kills per set (3.05), seventh in aces (0.27) and seventh in points per set (3.52). The Los Altos, Calif., native also averaged 1.72 dps on the defensive side of the net and finished her year with career-highs in kills, attempts, hitting percentage and digs.
"Taylor has been an impact player since her freshmen season," Head Coach Jen Weiss commented. "She came in this preseason in great shape and ready to work hard. As a second team All-Ivy outside hitter, she led our team in points scored and kills per set. She has a natural ability to lead and her peers respect her on and off the court. Taylor's composure on court has been tremendous this year and I look forward to her leading the team."
Head coach Jen Weiss is in her 20th season at the helm of the Crimson. Weiss owns a 248-289 record on the sidelines and guided Harvard to its only Ivy League championship in 2004. She has mentored 46 All-Ivy honorees, five Ivy League Rookie of the Year recipients and coached the program's first two-time Ivy League Player of the Year in Kaego Ogbechie '05.
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