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Volleyball to Host Dig Pink Match and Alumni Night

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Live Stats
Video
Talent
Series
Last Meeting
Streak
Harvard vs. Brown
Friday, Oct. 13
7 p.m.
Malkin Athletic Center
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Ivy League Network
Ben Altsher, Andy Towne
Harvard trails, 35-36
W, 3-2 (Nov. 11, 2016)
W5

 

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Live Stats
Video
Talent
Series
Last Meeting
Streak
Harvard vs. Yale
Saturday, Oct. 14
5 p.m.
Malkin Athletic Center
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Ivy League Network
Ben Hayes, Alex Vispoli
Harvard trails 24-41
  W, 3-2 (Nov. 12, 2016)
W1

 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will mark the halfway point of Ivy League play following matches against Brown and Yale this Friday and Saturday. First serves are set for 7 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively and both matches will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network. 

Weekend Festivities
On Friday, the women's volleyball team will host its Dig Pink match, partnering with the Side-Out Foundation to raise money for breast cancer research. Funds raised by the Side-Out Foundation are put towards clinical trials for patients with stage 4 breast cancer, the most advanced form of the disease and the least funded area of research. To support the Crimson's fight against breast cancer, click here

Then on Saturday, the Crimson will welcome back old friends as it celebrates Alumni Day.

Last Time Out
In just its third five-set match of the season, the Crimson came out victorious against Penn last Friday evening. Harvard saw contributors from all over the roster, including Erin McCarthy with 55 assists, Jocelyn Meyer with 18 kills and a .552 hitting percentage, and Grace Roberts Burbank putting down 20 kills, the first Crimson player to do so this season. Christina Cornelius was an impact player from the back row, totaling 13 digs to notch her third double-double of the season. While the junior middle blocker is known for her swing, the Los Angeles native has increasingly taken on a defensive role in the most recent matches, posting double-digit digs in four matches to date. 

The next night at Princeton, the team fell for the first time in conference play. The Tigers were dominant, taking sets one and two by wide margins but a late rally from Harvard challenged Princeton's grip on the match in set three. The Tigers were able to punch in the final points to end an eight-match win streak for the Crimson. 

Scouting Harvard
Harvard will look to rebound from a tough loss at Princeton last weekend. The Crimson still ranks tied for second in the Ivy League and has the opportunity to take the spot outright with a defeat of Yale on Saturday. Heading into the weekend, Harvard is 9-5 overall and 5-3 at home. The Crimson have not lost at the MAC since Sept. 2 during the Harvard Invitational. After a 20-kill match at Penn, Grace Roberts Burbank ranks as the top Crimson attacker, averaging 2.68 kills per set. Maclaine Fields continues to be the precision hitter, registering attack percentages of .300 or higher in 10 matches this season. Fields ranks fifth in the Ivy League with an overall .350 mark.

Scouting Brown
The Brown Bears travel to Boston fresh off their first conference win against Columbia last Saturday. Brown is 6-10 overall, 1-4 in the Ivy League and 1-4 on the road. The Bears are led by Sabrina Stillwell who is averaging 2.60 kills per set with a .290 hitting percentage. Brown's defense is led by Melissa Cairo with 3.68 digs per set while Jacqueline Jacobs ranks second in the conference with 1.18 blocks per set. 

Scouting Yale
The Bulldogs will roll into Cambridge after a Friday night matchup at Dartmouth. Pending results from Friday's matches, Yale and Harvard will likely be competing for sole ownership of the No. 2 spot in the conference. Yale is 10-4 overall, and 4-1 in the Ivy League, having played just two matches on the road so far this season. Three players on Yale's roster are averaging over two kills per set, including freshman Kathryn Attar who has earned multiple Ivy Rookie of the Week Honors. 

Rankings
Harvard continues to improve the accuracy of its attack, rising to No. 43 in the country with a .253 hitting percentage after last weekend. The Crimson maintains its top spot in the Ivy League and also ranks in the top half of the conference in kills per set, assists per set and aces per set. Nationally, Erin McCarthy and Maclaine Fields sit in the top 100 of all Division I NCAA players in assists per set and hitting percentage respectively. 

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight. 

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here, or download the Ivy League Network app! 

What's Next?
The Crimson will return to action next weekend with a single match at Dartmouth on Friday, Oct. 20. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS