CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will open the year this weekend by welcoming Santa Clara, Central Connecticut and Delaware to the Malkin Athletic Center as it hosts the ninth annual Harvard Invitational.
The Crimson will first take to the court Friday, Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. against Santa Clara before facing Central Connecticut at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6. The six-match tournament will wrap up later in the evening as the Crimson takes on Delaware at 7 p.m.
Free Weekend on Ivy League Digital Network
After an incredibly successful inaugural year that saw over 1,000 events streamed live, The Ivy League Digital Network will kick off its second year broadcast schedule with a free opening weekend.
The free period will run from September 5 through September 7 and will feature season-opening games around the Ivy League in field hockey, women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer and men's water polo. To sign up for your free weekend on The Ivy League Digital Network, click here.
Harvard Athletics will host its fifth annual Fall Fiesta this Saturday, Sept. 6 prior to the women's volleyball match versus Delaware at 5:30 p.m. in the quad area outside the Malkin Athletic Center. The fiesta will serve as the first CrimZone Student Rewards event of the year and will feature free ice cream, giveaways, games and demos from Harvard Recreation and the Harvard Spikeball Club, and more.
Use the all new Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all four platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
Harvard women's volleyball head coach Jennifer Weiss caught up with GoCrimson.com to preview the upcoming season and discus how despite changing expectations, this year's team will follow a consistent approach.
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.
Home Court Advantage
Harvard boasted a 9-2 record in the friendly confines of the Malkin Athletic Center a year ago, marking the best home record in program history. The Crimson women, led by the senior class of Kristen Casey, Sindhu Vegesena and Caroline Walters, has posted a 22-11 record at home over the past three years while the men's team has gone 25-7.
Continuing the Momentum
Harvard finished the 2013 season with a 14-9 overall record and 9-5 in Ivy League play, good for second place in the Ancient Eight. The Crimson's 14 total wins and nine conference victories marked the most for the program since 2004, while its 9-2 record at home was a program best.
Returning to the Floor
The Crimson returns four All-Ivy League performers to the court in 2014 including last year's Rookie of the Year and first team recipient Corinne Bain. Classmate Grace Weghorst and junior Kathleen Wallace were also voted to the first team a year ago, while Caroline Walters earned second team honors for the second consecutive year.
On The Sidelines
Harvard women's volleyball head coach Jennifer Weiss returns for her 22nd season at the helm of the Crimson. Weiss' has led Harvard to 265 wins during her tenure, and guided the Crimson to its only Ivy League championship in 2004. She has mentored 52 All-Ivy honorees, six 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.