Harvard vs. Brown
Harvard vs. Yale
Harvard concludes its nine-match homestand with the Bears and Bulldogs (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will welcome Brown and Yale to the Malkin Athletic Center this weekend with a chance to move into first place in the Ivy League Standings. The Crimson and Bears will meet first on Friday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m., before Harvard takes the court versus the front-running Bulldogs Saturday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m.
Both matches can be seen live online via 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.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Use the Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all three platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
Where We Stand
Yale enters the weekend as the only unbeaten in conference play at 3-0, while Harvard, Brown, Dartmouth and Penn each stand at 2-1 in the standings. Columbia sits at 1-2 with Cornell and Princeton each looking for their first win at 0-3.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team earned its second sweep of the weekend Saturday night at the Malkin Athletic Center, taking out Penn in straight sets by scores of 25-19, 25-13 and 25-14.
Kathleen Wallace had another big night, turning in a match-high 13 kills to go with a .370 hitting percentage, four digs and four blocks. Christina Cornelius, meanwhile, finished with eight kills, a .533 percentage, seven blocks and six digs.
Corinne Bain contributed seven kills, 16 assists and nine digs, adding two aces to move into sole possession of second place on Harvard's career list with 108. Caroline Holte, who the previous night became the program's career leader in block assists, added four more to her total to give her 303 for her career.
Harvard finished the evening hitting .316, its highest percentage of the season, while limiting Penn (8-7, 2-1 Ivy League) to a .019 clip, the lowest percentage by a Crimson opponent this year. The squad combined for 12 total blocks, marking the sixth straight match Harvard has turned in at least 10 stuffs.
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Stuffing The Stat Sheet
Senior Caroline Holte became the program's all-time leader in block assists on Oct. 2, passing two-time All-Ivy League first team selection Suzie Trimble '08 for the top spot. Holte currently boasts 303 block assists for her career, and also ranks third in program history with 332 total blocks.
Harvard enters the weekend ranked 21st in the NCAA in blocks per set (2.76) while Christina Cornelius ranks 14th individually, third among freshmen, with 1.45 blocks per set.
The Crimson is tops in the Ivy League in blocks per set, with Cornelius and Caroline Holte (1.02) ranking first and second, respectively. Harvard has recorded at least 10 blocks in six straight matches, its longest streak since at least 2003 (the last year for which match-by-match statistics are available).
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 the Ivy League weekly awards on Sept. 22 as Corinne Bain was named Player of the Week and Christina Cornelius garnered Rookie of the Week plaudits.
Bain was 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 23 out of 27 weeks during her career, including 19 consecutive weeks dating back to her freshman season.
This marked 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 represented 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 fourth 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 achieve the feat.
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 6-4 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2015 and is 31-13 at home during the tenure of seniors Caroline Holte, Hannah Schmidt, Sindhu Vegesena, and Kathleen Wallace.
This weekend's matches conclude 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.
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.