Women's Volleyball To Host Cornell, Columbia in Ivy League Action
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team returns home to host Cornell and Columbia this weekend as Ivy League play continues. The Crimson will first take to the court Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. against the Big Red, and will face the Lions Saturday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m.
A live video stream will be available for both matches through the Ivy League Digital Network at the link above. Live stats will also be available.
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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Players, coaches, parents, volunteers, spectators and survivors can look forward to a special evening when the team hosts its Dig Pink night, Friday, Oct. 11th, against Cornell. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. Everyone in attendance is encouraged to wear pink!
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Last Time Out
Freshman Corinne Bain recorded a triple-double in a five-set thriller at Brown Saturday evening but it was not enough as the Harvard women's volleyball team fell to the Bears in the end, 3-2. The loss was the second straight for the Crimson and came by set scores of 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 21-25 and 15-10.
Bain turned in a stellar performance for Harvard (6-6, 1-2 Ivy League) as she led the team in both kills and assists en route to the first known triple-double in Crimson history. The freshman finished the day with a career-high 15 kills to go with a .333 hitting percentage, and also tallied 33 assists and 11 digs. Bain added three block assists and four aces to her stat line, giving her 30 aces on the season.
Caroline Holte also registered a career-high 13 kills and hit .370 as Kristen Casey and Caroline Walters contributed nine kills apiece. Hannah Schmidt, who splits setting duties with Bain, notched her third double-double of the year with 20 assists and 10 digs.
Freshman Corinne Bain recorded the first known triple-double in Harvard history when she led the Crimson with 15 kills, 33 assists and 11 digs at Brown. Bain finished the evening with a .333 hitting percentage, and rounded out her stat line with three block assists and four aces.
Bain owns a team-best six double-doubles on the year and has twice missed a triple-double by just one dig, including her collegiate debut when she turned in 10 kills, 31 assists and nine digs. The Ivy League has posted a total of seven triple-doubles this season with Alex Caldwell's three leading the way.
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 12th in the Ivy League with a .270 hitting percentage while classmate Caroline Holte is seventh with a .309 mark. As a team, the Crimson ranks fourth in the conference with a .196 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 30 aces already on the season, putting her just two shy of entering Harvard's single-season top 10. She currently ranks fifth in the nation with 0.61 aces per set while the Crimson as a team ranks 51st (1.49).
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 turned in double-digit blocking totals five times this year after having done so 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 third in the Ivy League with 1.09 bps with Holte's 0.95 bps putting her sixth in the conference. Harvard has combined for 2.24 bps as a team, the best average among the Ivies, while the Crimson's .188 opponent hitting percentage is also tops in the league.
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 Cornell (5-7, 2-1 Ivy)
Cornell split at home last weekend with Princeton (W, 3-1) and Penn (L, 3-2) to move to 5-7 overall and into a share of second place in the Ivy League with a 2-1 conference mark. As a team, the Big Red ranks in the bottom half of the league in hitting percentage (.191), kills per set (11.90) and assists per set (11.35), but the squad's solid defensive play has helped to limit opponents to a .198 hitting percentage.
Breanna Wong paces the Cornell offense with 3.08 kps and a .224 hitting percentage, while Alyssa Phelps' 8.84 aps ranks first in the Ivy League. Natasha Rowland is 26th in the NCAA and tops in the conference with 5.06 dps. Rachel D'Epagnier (1.06) and Macey Wilson (0.98), meanwhile, rank fourth and fifth in the conference, respectively, in blocks per set.
Each of the last eight season series between Harvard and Cornell have ended in a sweep. The Crimson took both of last year's matches and has won six of the last eight contests between the teams.
Scouting Columbia (3-9, 1-2 Ivy)
Columbia enters the weekend tied with Harvard for fifth in the conference with a 1-2 Ancient Eight mark, but owns just a 3-9 overall record after losing four of its last five. The Lions own the third-best kills per set average (12.50) in the conference despite hitting at just a .195 clip. On the defensive side, the Lions have remained competitive thanks to the league's second-best digs per set average (15.87) and the third-best blocks per set (2.17) mark.
Bailey Springer ranks second in the Ivy League with 3.34 kps while Jennifer Petrovich's 8.14 aps also put second in the league. Savanna Fletcher (0.94) and Kesine Neblett (0.91) are seventh and eighth in the conference in blocks per set, respectively, with Lanti Moye-Mclaren (3.11) and Molly Winger (3.08) coming in ninth and 10th in digs per frame.
Despite splitting each of the last three season series, Harvard owns a 36-13 advantage all-time against Columbia. The last season sweep in the series occurred in 2009, marking the eighth straight win overall for the Crimson over the Lions.
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.