Women's Volleyball Goes For Fifth Straight Win Friday at Dartmouth
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Winners of four straight, the Harvard women's team will look to extend its streak to five when it travels to Dartmouth Friday, Oct. 25, for a 7 p.m. showdown. A victory would match the program's longest win streak since 2008, when the Crimson reeled off six in a row.
The match can be seen live through the all new 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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Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team ran its season-high win streak to four Saturday afternoon with a straight set victory at Princeton, 3-0. The victory came by set scores of 29-27, 25-22 and 25-19.
Freshman Corinne Bain recorded her third triple-double of the season and her second in as many nights with 10 kills, 22 assists and 10 digs. Bain's three triple-doubles are also the only three in program history.
Grace Weghorst complimented Bain with eight kills and three aces while Erin Cooney and Kathleen Wallace added seven kills apiece. Harvard finished the evening with a .280 hitting percentage, its highest in eight matches.
Where We Stand
Harvard boasts a 10-6 overall record and a 5-2 mark in the Ivy League, good for second place in the conference standings. The Crimson currently trails Yale (13-3, 7-0 Ivy League) by two games, but can get some help this weekend as the Eli visits third-place Brown (8-10, 4-3 Ivy League) on Saturday.
Home Court Advantage
With a sweep of Cornell and Columbia, Harvard improved to 6-1 in the friendly confines of the Malkin Athletic Center. This marks the team's best home record since 2004, when the squad won six straight to begin the year en route to a 7-1 record at the MAC.
The Crimson women have posted a 19-10 record at home over the past three years while the men's team has gone 25-7.
Freshman Corinne Bain has recorded three triple-doubles on the year, which also stand as the only three triple-doubles in program history. Her first came with a 15-kill, 33-assist, 11-dig effort at Brown before she registered back-to-back triple-doubles at Penn and Princeton.
Bain leads all freshmen in the NCAA with her three triple-doubles while her nine double-doubles are second most in the country.
Serving Up Aces
Freshman Corinne Bain has recorded 39 aces on the year, good for second place on Harvard's single-season list and putting her just two aces shy of Lolita Lopez's '98 school record of 41. Bain currently ranks fourth in the NCAA with 0.62 aces per set while the Crimson ranks 26th (1.60) as a team.
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. Bain single-handedly tallied seven aces in the victory, again the most for the Crimson since 2003.
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 fourth with a .321 mark. As a team, the Crimson ranks third in the conference with a .206 percentage and has hit over .300 in a match three times this season.
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 six times this year after having done so nine times 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.
Holte and Caroline Wallace are tied for fifth in the conference as both have notched 1.00 bps. Harvard has combined for 2.16 bps as a team, the third-best average among the Ivies, while the Crimson's .177 opponent hitting percentage ranks second in the league.
Harvard has received a total of four weekly awards from the Ivy League this season including three for Corinne Bain. The freshman earned Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 9 following the opening weekend of the season, and on Oct. 22 she was named both Player and Rookie of the Week after posting back-to-back triple-doubles at Penn and Princeton.
Grace Weghorst has also been named Rookie of the Week once, earning the accolade Sept. 24 after helping Harvard to a 2-1 week with a team-high 2.62 kps.
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.
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 Dartmouth (9-10, 2-5 Ivy)
Dartmouth is tied with Cornell and Princeton for sixth place in the Ivy League standings with a 2-5 conference mark and 9-10 overall record. The Big Green has split each of its last two weekend series, picking up back-to-back wins against Cornell and at Princeton, but had suffered six straight losses before the triumphs, including a 3-0 setback in Cambridge.
Dartmouth ranks second in the Ivy League in hitting percentage (.208), kills (12.44) and digs (15.97), while also ranking fourth in blocks (2.01). The Big Green's opponent hitting percentage, however, is seventh worst in the conference at .219.
Emily Astarita leads the Big Green attack with 2.59 kps while Elissa Scudder's .349 hitting percentage and 1.12 bps average are the second best in the Ancient Eight. Stacey Benton also ranks second in assists (8.48) while Holly Harper is fourth in digs (3.81).
Harvard defeated Dartmouth in the first meeting between the teams this season, 3-0, to improve to 44-19 all-time against the Big Green. Kathleen Wallace scored 10 kills and hit .562 in the victory as Grace Weghorst and Caroline Holte chipped in nine kills and eight kills, respectively.
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.