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Women's Volleyball To Host 11 Matches in 2014

The Crimson has gone 22-11 at home since 2011 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will play 11 matches at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2014 as part of the team's schedule released today by head coach Jennifer Weiss.

Harvard, which is coming off its best season in 10 years, will play a total of 23 matches including a 14-match Ivy League schedule. The Crimson went 14-9 overall in 2014 with a 9-5 record in conference play, marking the highest win total for the program since claiming the Ancient Eight crown in 2004.

"The Ivy League will be very competitive this season, it is exciting to see that there is so much parity," Weiss commented. "Each Ivy League match is a close one and takes a lot of preparation. We will look to compete for a title and count on a routine of hard work in every practice. This group of upperclassmen has been committed to the out-of-season strength and conditioning and to each other. We competed at a high level this spring and are looking forward to keeping that momentum going."

The Crimson's campaign begins at home with the Harvard Invitational (Sept. 5-6) as Central Connecticut, Delaware and Santa Clara invade Cambridge for the two-day event. Harvard boasts a 14-9 record over the eight-year history of the tournament and went 2-0 a year ago. The Crimson's senior class of Kristen Casey, Sindhu Vegesena and Caroline Walters has been particularly adept at protecting its home floor at this tournament, boasting a 6-2 record with four straight-set victories.

Harvard will head out on the road for the first time the following weekend, traveling to Athens, Ga., for the Benson Hospitality Invitational (Sept. 12-13). The Crimson will face Georgia, UNC Asheville and NC State at the event, marking the first time the Crimson has played any of these teams.

The third annual New England Challenge will be held the weekend of Sept. 20-21 with Harvard first playing at Northeastern (Sept. 20) before hosting Boston College (Sept. 21). The Crimson picked up a 3-1 victory over the Eagles last year in Chestnut Hill, breaking a six-match losing streak against BC which dated back to 2002.

A trip to New Hampshire (Sept. 24) awaits the Crimson before Ivy League play opens at Dartmouth on Sept. 27. Harvard, which has gone 22-11 in the MAC over the last three seasons, will look to defend its home-court advantage against Yale (Oct. 2) and Brown (Oct. 3), and will return to the road the following weekend for matches at Cornell (Oct. 10) and Columbia (Oct. 11).

The Crimson will get a reprieve from the road with a three-match homestand against Penn (Oct. 17), Princeton (Oct. 18) and Dartmouth (Oct.24). However, a four-match road swing begins the following weekend as the team travels to Brown (Oct. 31), Yale (Nov. 1), Princeton (Nov. 7) and Penn (Nov. 8).

Harvard will close out its regular season at home versus Columbia and Cornell Nov. 14-15.

2014 Women's Volleyball Schedule

Date Opponent Notes Time
Sep 5, 2014 Santa Clara Harvard Invitational | Ivy League Digital Network 7:00 p.m.
Sep 6, 2014 Central Connecticut State Harvard Invitational | Ivy League Digital Network 1:00 p.m.
  Delaware Harvard Invitational | Ivy League Digital Network 7:00 p.m.
Sep 12, 2014 vs. North Carolina St. @ Athens, Ga. Benson Hospitality Invitational 4:00 p.m.
Sep 13, 2014 at Georgia Benson Hospitality Invitational 1:00 p.m.
  vs. UNC Asheville @ Athens, Ga. Benson Hospitality Invitational 4:00 p.m.
Sep 20, 2014 at Northeastern New England Challenge
7:00 p.m.
Sep 21, 2014 Boston College New England Challenge | Ivy League Digital Network 1:00 p.m.
Sep 24, 2014 at New Hampshire
7:00 p.m.
Sep 27, 2014 at Dartmouth * Ivy League Digital Network 4:00 p.m.
Oct 3, 2014 Yale * Ivy League Digital Network 7:00 p.m.
Oct 4, 2014 Brown * Ivy League Digital Network 5:00 p.m.
Oct 10, 2014 at Cornell * Ivy League Digital Network 7:00 p.m.
Oct 11, 2014 at Columbia * Ivy League Digital Network 5:00 p.m.
Oct 17, 2014 Penn * Ivy League Digital Network 7:00 p.m.
Oct 18, 2014 Princeton * Ivy League Digital Network 5:00 p.m.
Oct 24, 2014 Dartmouth * Ivy League Digital Network 7:00 p.m.
Oct 31, 2014 at Brown * Ivy League Digital Network 7:00 p.m.
Nov 1, 2014 at Yale * Ivy League Digital Network 5:00 p.m.
Nov 7, 2014 at Princeton * Ivy League Digital Network 7:00 p.m.
Nov 8, 2014 at Penn * Ivy League Digital Network 5:00 p.m.
Nov 14, 2014 Columbia * Ivy League Digital Network 7:00 p.m.
Nov 15, 2014 Cornell * Ivy League Digital Network 5:00 p.m.
Home games in bold.
* = Conference games.
All times are EST