Women's Volleyball Continues Road Swing at New Hampshire Tuesday
The Crimson will go for its fifth straight win against Dartmouth on Tuesday (OAC).
The Harvard women's volleyball team will play its fourth straight match on the road when it faces the University of New Hampshire Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in Durham, N.H.
A live video stream and live stats will be available through UNHWildcats.com by clicking here.
Last Time Out
Harvard dropped three straight matches at last weekend's New England Challenge, falling to UConn, Northeastern and Boston College. Kristen Casey was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 3.89 dps, while Erin Cooney boasted 2.33 kps and 0.67 bps over the course of the three matches.
Harvard has benefited from a balanced offense early in the season as six different Crimson have attempted at least 70 attacks with two of them averaging at least 2.50 kps. Taylor Docter leads the way with 2.66 kps, but is followed closely by Kathleen Wallace who has notched 2.55 kps with a .281 hitting percentage. Caroline Walters ranks third on the team with 1.90 kps while her .443 hitting percentage entering play last weekend was good for 15th in the NCAA. Erin Cooney, Teressa Skelly and Caroline Holte have also contributed to the attack, averaging 1.74 kps, 1.32 kps and 1.21 kps, respectively.
Setting it Up
Senior Beth Kinsella and freshman Hannah Schmidt have shared the setting duties as the team has shifted into a 6-2 offensive system. Kinsella has dished out 134 assists for an average of 5.15 per set, while Schmidt has tallied 136 assists for a 4.86 average.
On the Block
Middle blockers Caroline Holte, Teresa Skelly and Caroline Walters helped Harvard average 2.33 bps through the first six matches of the year, good for 73rd in the NCAA. Holte and Walters currently lead the team with 25 total blocks for an average of 0.86 bps, while Skelly's 21 total blocks equate to a 0.95 bps average.
Keep an Eye Out For…
Beth Kinsella, Taylor Docter and Teresa Skelly each have a chance to make their marks on the Harvard record books this season. Kinsella currently ranks sixth all-time with 1,371 assists and has averaged 7.41 aps for her career. Docter ranks ninth in both career kills per set (2.54) and aces (85), and is also closing in on Harvard's all-time top 10 for kills with 776. Skelly, meanwhile, is just six block assists (178) short of entering the program's top 10 and needs 35 total blocks (204) to join that list as well.
Scouting New Hampshire (6-8)
The Wildcats went 1-2 at last weekend's George Washington Invitational to move to 6-8 on the year. The squad is led by Morgan Thatcher who has averaged 3.27 kps, while Victoria Forrest and Destiny Tolliver had added 2.50 kps and 2.35 kps, respectively. Taylor Dunklau has run the offense from the setter position, and has notched 10.10 aps. Jessie Schnepp is the team's primary libero as she has recorded 5.02 dps with Tolliver and Thatcher controlling the front line with 43 total blocks and 37 total blocks apiece.
Harvard leads the all-time series with New Hampshire, 12-8, and has won four consecutive matches over the Wildcats including a 3-2 victory last season at the Malkin Athletic Center. Taylor Docter recorded 18 kills and hit .310 in the victory with Teresa Skelly adding six kills and six total blocks. Harvard's last loss at UNH came on Sept. 19, 2006.
Hitting it Home
Harvard registered a .474 hitting percentage against Providence, by far the highest hitting percentage of the season recorded by an Ivy League school. The Crimson converted 40 kills against the Friars on 78 attempts while only committing three errors. Caroline Walters hit a match-high .750 (6-0-8) while Kathleen Wallace hit .667 (12-0-18), the second-highest individual hitting percentage with a minimum of 10 attempts in the Ancient Eight this season. Caroline Holte (7-1-10) and Jennifer Shults (4-0-7) also got in on the action, hitting .600 and .571, respectively.
Harvard last hit .400 for a match on Sept. 27, 2008, when the squad combined for a .456 hitting percentage (35-4-68) in a 3-0 win over St. Francis (Pa.).
Senior co-captain Taylor Docter was been named to both the Hokie Invitational and Harvard Invitational all-tournament teams this season. She was joined on the Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team by freshman Kathleen Wallace and sophomore Caroline Walters, while Kristen Casey was named to the New England Challenge All-Tournament Team, marking the first all-tourney honor of each of their careers.
Captain of the Ship
Senior Taylor Docter was voted by her teammates as the 59th captain of Harvard women's volleyball. Docter was an All-Ivy League second team and Academic All-Ivy honoree in 2011 after ranking eighth in the conference in kills per set (3.05), seventh in aces (0.27) and seventh in points per set (3.52). The Los Altos, Calif., native also averaged 1.72 dps on the defensive side of the net and finished her year with career-highs in kills, attempts, hitting percentage and digs.
"Taylor has been an impact player since her freshmen season," Head Coach Jen Weiss commented. "She came in this preseason in great shape and ready to work hard. As a second team All-Ivy outside hitter, she led our team in points scored and kills per set. She has a natural ability to lead and her peers respect her on and off the court. Taylor's composure on court has been tremendous this year and I look forward to her leading the team."
Head coach Jen Weiss is in her 20th season at the helm of the Crimson. Weiss owns a 243-285 record on the sidelines and guided Harvard to its only Ivy League championship in 2004. She has mentored 46 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.
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