Women's Volleyball Renews Rivalry with UMass Lowell Wednesday
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will host UMass Lowell at the Malkin Athletic Center Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. This will mark the 10th all-time meeting between the squads but just the first since 1989.
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Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday to wrap up play at the Holiday Inn Mission Valley Aztec Invitational. The Crimson defeated Southern Methodist in its first match, 3-2, before falling to San Francisco, 3-1.
Kathleen Wallace led the attack against SMU, recording 12 kills and a .346 hitting percentage. Caroline Holte and Corinne Bain each notched 10 kills with Bain adding 25 assists for her second double-double of the year. Wallace again was on the offensive against San Francisco, totaling 13 kills while hitting .522.
Wallace was named to the all-tournament team following the conclusion of play. The sophomore averaged 2.15 kps while hitting .299 on the weekend.
Coming Out Party
Corinne Bain was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Sept. 9 after leading the Crimson to a 2-0 record at the eighth annual Harvard Invitational.
Bain made an immediate impact in her collegiate debut as the Crimson came from behind for a 3-2 win over Holy Cross. The freshman finished with 10 kills, 31 assists and nine digs, narrowly missing out on a triple-double. She also scored three aces and three blocks against the Crusaders while hitting .333. Bain and her teammates returned to the court the following day to defeat Hofstra, 3-1, thanks in part to her eight-kill, 28-assist, nine-dig effort which also included four aces and three blocks.
Corinne Bain (2.00 kps, 6.56 aps, 2.00 dps), Kathleen Wallace (2.22 kps, .255 hitting percentage) and Caroline Walters (1.33 bps, 1.78 kps) were each named to the Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team after guiding the Crimson to a pair of wins. Wallace and Walters were also named to the all-tourney team a year ago while Bain, a freshman, received the honor for the first time.
Wallace earned all-tournament recognition at the Holiday Inn Mission Valley Aztec Invitaitonal after notching 2.15 kps while hitting .299 on the weekend.
The Crimson defeated both Holy Cross and Hofstra at the Harvard Invitational to open the year, marking the first time since 2009 that the Crimson has begun the year with back-to-back wins. Harvard has only started 2-0 or better five times under head coach Jennifer Weiss with the 2001 squad rattling off four straight wins at the onset of the season.
Protecting the Net
Harvard dominated the net in its first two matches, posting 17 total blocks in a pair of victories. The Crimson currently ranks No. 22 in the NCAA in blocks per set (2.77) while Caroline Holts (1.29) stands 46th on the individual list, respectively.
Scouting UMass Lowell (0-7)
UMass Lowell remains in search of its first win and will enter play Wednesday with an 0-7 record after being swept by both Rhode Island and UTEP this past weekend at the Rhode Island Art Carmichael Invitational. Anisa Smith has paced the attack with 2.05 kps while adding a team-best 0.95 bps on the defensive side. Ella Merrill has chipped in 1.95 kps as Kamiren Humphrey (3.77 aps) and Olivia Parkins (2.76 aps) have shared the setting duties.
Wednesday's meeting between Harvard and UMass Lowell will mark the first time since 1989 the teams have played one another. UMass Lowell, which is in its first year as a member of Div. I, leads the all-time series with the Crimson, 5-4, but Harvard has prevailed in each of the last three meetings between the teams.
Harvard returns 10 letterwinners to the court in 2013 including co-captains Kristen Casey and Natalie Doyle. Casey, who played outside hitter as a freshman but made the transition to libero as a sophomore, will return to the outside as a six-rotation player for the Crimson. Doyle, meanwhile, will be relied upon in the back row after averaging 2.39 dps a year ago.
Also returning for the Crimson is Caroline Walters (1.06 bps), an All-Ivy League second team performer in 2012, Erin Cooney (2.14 kps), Caroline Holte (1.00 bps), Hannah Schmidt (4.78 aps), Teresa Skelly (0.88 bps) and Kathleen Wallace (2.81 kps).
New To The Scene
Earlier this summer, head coach Jennifer Weiss announced the addition of five freshmen for 2013; Corinne Bain, Whitney Hansen, Jane Labanowski, Danielle Leavitt and Grace Weghorst. This group, which represents California, Florida and Texas, has combined for three state championships, eight district championships and seven league championships.
Related Link: Five Freshmen Set to Join Women's Volleyball in 2013
On The Sidelines
Head coach Jennifer Weiss returns for her 21st season at the helm of the Harvard women's volleyball program. Weiss owns a 251-293 record on the sidelines and guided Harvard to its only Ivy League championship in 2004. She has mentored 48 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.
Weiss is joined this season by first-year assistants Arturo Rivera and Jeffrey Aucoin.