Women's Volleyball Opens Homestand With Brown, Yale
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team begins a four-match homestand this weekend when it hosts Brown and Yale at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Bears will first visit Cambridge Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. before the Bulldogs come to town Saturday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m.
A live video stream will be available during Friday's match through the Ivy League Digital Network at the link above. Live stats will also be available for both matches.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, 10 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 had its four-match win streak snapped Friday night with a 3-2 loss at Dartmouth. The Big Green took the match by set scores of 25-23, 25-17, 21-25, 24-26 and 10-15.
Four Crimson scored double-digit kills led by Kathleen Wallace's career-high 17. Caroline Walters and Grace Weghorst added 12 apiece, with Corinne Bain notching her 10th double-double of the year on 10 kills, 30 assists and nine digs.
Where We Stand
Harvard currently sits in second place of the Ivy League standings with a 10-7 overall record and 5-3 conference mark. Yale sits atop the standings with an unblemished 8-0 conference record and 14-3 overall, while Brown and Penn are tied for third place at 4-4.
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 10 double-doubles are tied for third most in the country.
Serving Up Aces
Freshman Corinne Bain has recorded 40 aces on the year, good for second place on Harvard's single-season list and just one shy of Lolita Lopez's '98 school record of 41. Bain currently ranks fourth in the NCAA with 0.59 aces per set while the Crimson ranks 30th (1.57) 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).
Caroline Walters ranks eighth in the Ivy League with a .295 hitting percentage while Caroline Holte is ninth with a .294 mark. As a team, the Crimson ranks third in the conference with a .204 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 ranks fifth in the conference with 0.98 bps while Caroline Walters is eighth with 0.94 bps. Harvard has combined for 2.07 bps as a team, the third-best average among the Ivies, while the Crimson's .180 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 Brown (8-11, 4-4 Ivy)
Brown has lost three of its last four to fall to 8-11 on the year, 4-4 in the Ivy League. Despite the setbacks, the Bears sit in third place of the Ivy League standings just one game behind the Crimson.
Brown ranks seventh in the Ancient Eight in both kills per set (11.95) and hitting percentage (.178), and is sixth in both digs (14.53) and blocks (1.76). Maddie Lord's 2.53 kps pace the offense while Payton Smith ranks seventh in the conference with 0.97 bps.
Harvard suffered a five-set loss in Providence the first time the teams met this season thanks in part to 20 kills from Thea Derrough and 15 from Lord. Corinne Bain led the Crimson with 15 kills, 33 assists and 11 digs for the first known triple-double in program history.
Scouting Yale (14-3, 8-0 Ivy)
Yale sits atop the Ivy League standings with an unblemished 8-0 conference record and a 14-3 overall mark. The Bulldogs rank No. 2 in the NCAA with 1.88 aces per set and also lead the conference in kills (13.83), hitting percentage (.262) and digs (16.67).
Jesse Ebner's .422 hitting percentage is tops in the Ivy League while Kelly Johnson ranks fifth at .303. Maddie Rudnick is third in the conference in digs at 4.76 dps with McHaney Carter's 0.87 bps good for 10th.
Powered by 11-kill efforts from Ebner and Mollie Rogers, Yale defeated Harvard in straight sets in the first meeting 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.