Harvard vs. Dartmouth
Harvard continues its homestand versus Dartmouth on Friday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will begin defense of its Ivy League title Friday, Sept. 25 as Dartmouth visits the Malkin Athletic Center. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
About the Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third 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 Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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Harvard Top 5 Plays of the Week - Sept. 23, 2015
The Crimson overcame a 2-0 deficit and fought off three match points against New Hampshire before stealing the victory on Grace Weghorst's 24th kill of the night, a new career-high. Weghorst's 24 kills were the most by a member of the Crimson since Kathryn McKinley totaled 26 at Yale on Oct. 11, 2008, and earned the squad the top spot on Harvard's Top 5 Plays of the Week.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team earned a split with Northeastern and Boston College on Saturday at the Malkin Athletic Center to conclude play in the New England Challenge. The Crimson defeated the Huskies in four sets before dropping a thriller to the Eagles in five.
Harvard (4-6) went 2-1 on the weekend after topping UConn on Friday night, 3-1. Boston College (8-4) went a perfect 3-0 to lead the way, with UConn (6-5) posting a 1-2 record and Northeastern (3-12) dropping all three.
Corinne Bain and Christina Cornelius were named to the New England Challenge All-Tournament team for their performances over the weekend. Bain nearly posted three straight triple-doubles and averaged 2.92 kills, 6.31 assists, 3.54 digs and 1.00 blocks per set. Cornelius, meanwhile, turned in 2.85 kills and a .354 hitting percentage while also contributing 1.69 blocks and 1.00 digs on the defensive side of the net.
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Photos courtesy of Conservation International (Benjamin Drummond, Pete Oxford/iLCP, S. Kēhaunani Springer).
Harvard enters the weekend ranked 28th in the NCAA in blocks per set (2.70) while freshman Christina Cornelius ranks 29th individually with 1.38 blocks per set.
The Crimson is tops in the Ivy League in blocks per set, with Cornelius and Caroline Holte (1.03) ranking first and third.
Senior Grace Weghorst registered a career-high 24 kills in the team's 3-2 win over New Hampshire, marking the most kills by a member of the Crimson since Kathryn McKinley totaled 26 at Yale on Oct. 11, 2008.
Harvard swept this week's Ivy League awards as Corinne Bain was named Player of the Week with Christina Cornelius picking up Rookie of the Week plaudits.
Bain has been named Player of the Week three straight times to begin the season, becoming the first women's volleyball student-athlete to take home three consecutive honors since Princeton's Lydia Rudnick did so in 2010. She now boasts eight player of the week accolades for her career, and has been recognized by the Ivy League with either a weekly award or inclusion on the Honor Roll 21 out of 25 weeks during her career, including 17 consecutive weeks dating back to her freshman season.
This is Cornelius' first weekly award from the conference after having been included on the Honor Roll each of the first two weeks of the season. It also marks the first time Harvard has swept the Ancient Eight awards since Nov. 5, 2013 when Kathleen Wallace was named Player of the Week and Bain was tabbed Rookie of the Week.
Honors and Awards
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Sept. 22)
Junior Corinne Bain has turned in three triple-doubles this season, the second most in the NCAA. Last year she led the nation with an Ivy League record 10 triple-doubles, after turning in six as a freshman.
Bain boasts 19 triple-doubles for her career and is the only member of the Crimson to event
Climbing The Charts
Corinne Bain, Caroline Holte and Hannah Schmidt are etching their names in the Harvard record book. For complete information, click here.
Home Court Advantage
Harvard has posted a 4-3 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2015 and is 29-12 at home during the tenure of seniors Caroline Holte, Hannah Schmidt, Sindhu Vegesena, and Kathleen Wallace.
This weekend's match is part of a nine-match homestand for the Crimson, its longest since playing 10 consecutive matches at the MAC to begin the 1993 season.
Defending the Crown
Harvard earned a share of the Ivy League championship in 2014 after posting a 19-5 overall record with a 12-2 mark against conference foes. The Crimson clinched its share of the crown with a 3-1 victory over Cornell on Nov. 15, nearly 10 years to the day of the program's first Ancient Eight title.
Harvard's 12 Ivy League victories in 2014 represented a new program record while its 19 overall wins were the fourth-most in school history.
Returning to the Court
Harvard returns 11 letterwinners from last year's squad including All-Ivy League selections Corinne Bain, Caroline Holte, Sindhu Vegesena and Grace Weghorst. Bain was a unanimous selection to the first team for a second-consecutive year while Holte earned second team honors for the first time in her career. Vegesena was also recognized for the first time as an honorable mention, and was joined by Weghorst who was a first teamer in 2013.
Welcome to Cambridge
Harvard has welcomed four freshmen to the roster for the 2015 season; Christina Cornelius, Brooke Istvan, Jocelyn Meyer, and Anna Uhr. This group collectively earned seven national championships, three medals at the AAU national championships, and two Academic All-America selections.
For the seventh straight year, the Harvard women's volleyball team was recognized for its work in the classroom with the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.
Captaining The Ship
Seniors Caroline Holte and Hannah Schmidt have been voted by their teammates as co-captains for the 2015 Harvard women's volleyball season.
"Caroline and Hannah have embraced their leadership role and have set high standards for themselves and the team," commented head coach Jennifer Weiss. "They have been key contributors both on and off the court during their three years at Harvard and they have dedicated many hours to not only develop as volleyball players, but more importantly great citizens of our volleyball program and Harvard University."
On The Sidelines
Harvard women's volleyball head coach Jennifer Weiss returns for her 23rd season at the helm of the Crimson. Weiss has led Harvard to 285 wins during her tenure, including Ivy League titles in 2004 and 2014. 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.