Women's Volleyball Travels to Yale, Brown for First Ivy Road Trip
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will hit the road for its first full weekend of Ivy League play as it visits Yale Friday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and Brown Saturday, Oct. 5 at 5 p.m.
Both matches will be streamed live on the all-new Ivy League Digital Network. Live stats will also be available for each match at the links above.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, each of Harvard's 11 home matches will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch matches both live and On-Demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and On-Demand content for all home Harvard athletics events throughout the duration of their subscription.
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Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team opened conference play in resounding fashion Friday night, defeating Dartmouth in straight sets at the Malkin Athletic Center. The victory came by scores of 25-16, 25-21 and 25-14.
Bolstered by 26 assists from Corinne Bain and 13 assists from Hannah Schmidt, Harvard posted a .346 team hitting percentage on the night, its second highest of the season. Kathleen Wallace led the way with 10 kills and a .562 clip while Grace Weghorst added nine kills. Caroline Holte contributed eight kills and a .400 hitting percentage as Bain and Jennifer Shults contributed seven kills apiece.
Natalie Doyle and Bain were at the forefront of the Crimson's defensive efforts as Dartmouth was limited to a .148 hitting percentage. Doyle totaled 16 digs on the evening as Bain chipped in 14 for her fourth double-double of the year.
Kathleen Wallace hit a career-high .778 in the team's 3-1 victory at Boston College, registering 15 kills on 18 attempts with just one error. Wallace's 15 kills were one short of her career-high of 16, set last season against Middle Tennessee State, while her hitting percentage topped her previous best of .667 set last year against Providence (12-0-18).
Wallace currently ranks fifth in the Ivy League with a .315 hitting percentage while classmate Caroline Holte is sixth with a .308 mark. As a team, the Crimson ranks second in the conference with a .205 percentage and has hit over .300 in a match three times this season.
Serving Up Aces
Harvard scored 13 aces in a straight set victory over UMass Lowell, marking the most aces for a Crimson squad since 2003, the last year for which match-by-match statistics are available. Freshman Corinne Bain tallied seven aces in the victory, again the most for the Crimson since 2003.
Bain has turned in a total of 26 aces already on the young season, putting her just 11 shy of entering Harvard's single-season top 10. She currently ranks fourth in the nation with 0.63 aces per set while the Crimson as a team ranks 39th (1.59).
Protecting the Net
Harvard dominated the net in its first two matches of the season, posting 17 total blocks against both Holy Cross and Hofstra. The Crimson has already turned in double-digit blocking totals five times this year after having done so just nine times all of last season.
Caroline Holte posted a career-high 12 blocks in the team's 3-1 win over Hofstra, marking the most blocks in a match for Harvard since Sandra Lynne Fryhofer '12 totaled 13 at Georgia State on Sept. 3, 2011.
Caroline Wallace ranks second in the Ivy League with 1.15 bps with Holte's 0.91 bps putting her seventh in the conference. Harvard has combined for 2.34 bps as a team, the second-best average among the Ivies, while the Crimson's .174 opponent hitting percentage is tops.
Grace Weghorst earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 24, marking the second time in three weeks the award was bestowed upon the Crimson. Weghorst helped Harvard to a 2-1 week with a team-high 2.62 kps. One of those victories came at Boston College, a foe the Crimson had not beaten since 2002, when Weghorst turned in a career-high 11 kills with five digs and two aces.
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.
Harvard opened the year with a 4-2 mark, marking the program's best record to start a season under head coach Jennifer Weiss, who is in her 21st year at the helm, and equaling the program's best start since going 7-1 to open the 1984 campaign.
With a 4-1 record at home, the Crimson has posted its best home record since 2004 when the squad won six straight en route to a 7-1 record at the MAC.
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.
Scouting Yale (7-3, 1-0 Ivy)
Yale is tied with Harvard, Princeton and Cornell for first place in the Ivy League with a 1-0 record, and owns a 7-3 mark on the year after defeating Brown last weekend in straight sets, 3-0. The Bulldogs rank 32nd in the NCAA with a .260 hitting percentage and are also tops in the Ancient Eight in kills per set (13.26), assists per set (12.34) and aces per set (1.97).
Individually, Mollie Rodgers' 2.71 kps rank her seventh in the conference while Jesse Ebner (.380), McHaney Carter (.366) and Kelly Johnson (.294) rank second, third and seventh, respectively, in hitting percentage. Kendall Poland has averaged 7.37 aps as the team's primary setter and is sixth in the NCAA with 0.60 aces per set. On the defensive side, Maddie Rudnick is second in the Ancient Eight with 4.63 dps with Carter's 0.96 bps ranking her fifth.
Harvard will be looking to break an 18-match losing streak to the Eli's that dates back to 2004.
Scouting Brown (4-8, 0-1 Ivy)
Brown has lost three straight matches entering the weekend and stands at 4-8 overall, 0-1 in the Ivy League. The Bears rank in the bottom half of the conference in most statistical categories, but do come in this week at No. 33 in the NCAA with 1.62 aces per set.
Thea Derrough and Maddie Lord have paced Brown's offense with 2.29 kps and 2.24 kps, respectively, with Lord's 0.54 aces per set ranking her 13th in the nation. Derrough is also tops on the team with a .286 hitting percentage while Payton Smith is a close second at .280. Sarah Lucenti (5.08) and Maryl Vanden Bos (4.40) have split the setting duties. On the defensive side, Kathryn Conner has led Brown with 3.92 dps as Smith has added 0.93 bps, the sixth-best average in the conference.
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.