Harvard puts its four-match win streak on the line at Columbia and Cornell (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will hit the road for just the second time all season as it takes its four-match win streak to Columbia and Cornell this weekend. The Crimson will first take on the Lions Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. before facing off against the Big Red Saturday, Oct. 17 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.
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Where We Stand
Harvard and Dartmouth enter the weekend tied atop the Ivy League standings at 4-1 after both teams swept Brown and Yale last weekend. The Eli and Penn are tied for third place with 3-2 conference marks, while Brown, Princeton and Columbia share fifth place with 2-3 records. Cornell rounds out the standings at 0-5.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team led from beginning to end in an emphatic sweep of Yale Saturday night at the Malkin Athletic Center, knocking off the visiting Eli by scores of 25-18, 25-20, 25-17.
Jocelyn Meyer starred for Harvard in just her second career start. The freshman scored 11 kills and committed zero errors on 18 attempts for a .611 percentage, and added five blocks after registering seven kills and nine blocks in her first career start versus Brown the previous night.
Kathleen Wallace and Paige Kebe contributed nine kills and eight kills, respectively, with Corinne Bain and Caroline Holte each chipping in seven. The Crimson finished the evening hitting at a .342 clip, its highest percentage of the season.
Yale, meanwhile, was limited to a .152 percentage, marking the fourth consecutive match that an opponent has hit below .200 versus the Crimson and the seventh time in eight matches. Holte totaled six blocks in addition to Meyer's five, while Sindhu Vegesena came away with 15 digs.
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Corinne Bain helped to set the tone early versus Yale, diving across the court to make a pancake dig on Kelsey Crawford's attack leading to a kill by Paige Kebe to put the Crimson in front 2-0. Harvard went on to sweep the Bulldogs to remain in first place of the Ivy League standings and run its win streak to four matches.
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Winners of four straight matches, Harvard is currently enjoying its longest win streak of the season. The Crimson won 11 in a row last year to earn a share of the Ivy League title, marking the program's longest win streak since taking 13 in a row in 1997.
Harvard swept the Ivy League weekly awards for a second time this season on Oct. 13 as Corinne Bain was named Player of the Week and Jocelyn Meyer garnered Rookie of the Week plaudits.
Bain has named Player of the Week four of six weeks this season, and became the first student-athlete to earn the award three straight times since Princeton's Lydia Rudnick did so in 2010. She now boasts nine 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 24 out of 28 weeks during her career, including 20 consecutive weeks dating back to her freshman season.
This marked the first Rookie of the Week honor for Meyer who earned the first two starts of her career and rewarded the coaching staff with a breakout weekend.
Honors and Awards
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Sept. 22)
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 314 block assists for her career, and also ranks third in program history with 344 total blocks.
Harvard enters the weekend ranked 16th in the NCAA in blocks per set (2.82) while Christina Cornelius ranks 12th individually, second among freshmen, with 1.51 blocks per set.
The Crimson is tops in the Ivy League in blocks per set, with Cornelius and Caroline Holte (1.10) ranking first and second, respectively. Harvard recorded at least 10 blocks in seven straight matches from Sept. 18 to Oct. 9, 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.
Junior Corinne Bain has turned in four triple-doubles this season, the third 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 20 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 an 8-4 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2015 and is 33-13 at home during the tenure of seniors Caroline Holte, Hannah Schmidt, Sindhu Vegesena, and Kathleen Wallace.
Harvard wrapped up a nine-match homestand with wins over Brown and Yale, 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 292 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.