Yale, Brown Represent Key Ivy League Games for Women's Volleyball

Yale, Brown Represent Key Ivy League Games for Women's Volleyball

Christine Wu leads the Crimson in digs heading into the weekend conference matchups (Gil Talbot). 

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Story Line
The Harvard women's volleyball team returns home for a pair of Ivy League matchups, starting with archrival Yale Friday night, followed by Brown Saturday at the Makin Athletic Center. The Crimson currently sits in sixth place in conference standings.

Yale has a 31-19 lead in the all-time series against Harvard, taking a 12-match win streak against the Crimson into tonight's matchup. Harvard last defeated Yale on Oct. 22, 2004 by a score of 3-0.

Harvard trails in the all-time series with Brown as well with a 23-34 all-time record, but has downed the Bears in the three most recent matches. The Crimson took a pair of 3-0 wins from Brown last season and captured a 3-0 win to close out the season series in 2008.

Last Time Out
A night after taking league-leading Princeton to five sets, Harvard fell, 3-0, to Penn last Saturday at the Palestra. 

Mikaelle Comrie led Harvard with six kills and Jennifer Martin and Kelsey Beck each recorded a service ace on the evening. Christine Wu recorded a team-high 13 digs in the loss.

About Harvard
Harvard currently sits in sixth place in the league with a 2-4 conference record. The Crimson dropped a pair of league road games last weekend to Princeton and Penn.

Taylor Docter leads the Crimson with 131 kills on the season, Mikaelle Comrie is close behind with 121, and both are averaging over two kills per set. Anne Carroll Ingersoll has 100 kills on the season and leads the team in kills per set with 2.13.

Natalie Doyle (231 assists) and Beth Kinsella (318 assists) are Harvard's top setters, and libero Christine Wu leads the Crimson with 4.24 digs per set. Teresa Skelly's 60 total blocks, and 10 solo efforts, are both team-best totals.

Scouting Yale
The Bulldogs come into the match alone in third place in the Ivy League, capturing wins against Cornell and Columbia last weekend. Yale began its Ivy campaign with a pair of wins over Brown.

Bridget Hearst is one of the top hitters in the league and leads the Bulldogs with 207 total kills and a 3.34 kills-per-set average. Erica Reetz has 178 kills on the season, is averaging 2.92 per set and received her second Ivy League Rookie of the Week award Tuesday. Kendall Polan tops the squad with 576 assists, and Haley Wessels, McHaney Carter and Hearst all have more than 30 blocks on the year.

Scouting Brown
The Bears are still in search of their first Ivy League victory, but have pushed three of their last five league opponents to five sets. Brown will take on Dartmouth Friday night before traveling to Cambridge for a Saturday showdown with the Crimson.

Emma Pastore leads three Brown players who are averaging over two kills per set with a 2.72 average. Katrina Post is close behind at 2.51 kills per set while setter Alexandra Rieckhoff is dishing out 9.49 assists per set. Annika Gliottone enters the weekend averaging 4.37 digs per set and Kathryn Glickman is contributing over a block a set on the season.

Dig Pink
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to show its support, the Harvard women's volleyball team is hosting a Dig Pink night against the Bulldogs. The goal of the program is to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The Harvard athletics marketing department is distributing pink ribbons and collecting donations. Other activities include a t-shirt toss, a serving contest and trivia contests between sets.