PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard women's volleyball co-captain Christina Cornelius was named Ivy League Player of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday. This is the first weekly award for Harvard in 2017 and the first player of the week honor in Cornelius' career.
En route to Harvard's three-match sweep of the New England Challenge, Cornelius totaled 30 kills, five aces, 22 digs and 16 blocks, good for a team high 44 points. Beginning on Thursday, Cornelius hit .333 on eight kills and just two errors, while also contributing 13 digs and six blocks to the five-set effort against the Eagles. Against Northeastern, the junior raked in a team-high 13 kills and another seven blocks at the net. In the final match of the New England Challenge, Cornelius posted a .412 hitting percentage with nine kills along with two aces and three blocks. The junior has been a staple at the net for the Crimson this season, already amassing 39 blocks in 2017, compared to her season total of 71 in 2016. The Los Angeles native leads the team, averaging 1.15 blocks per set which ranks fifth in The Ivy League and 110th nationally.
Rookie Mindie Mabry also posted a standout weekend for the Crimson earning her a spot on the weekly honor roll. On Thursday, Mabry racked up a career-high 16 kills and three block assists against Boston College. Mabry rounded out the weekend with a bang, notching 10 kills with zero errors for a .556 hitting percentage, the highest single match mark on the team this season. Mabry was also one of just three Ivy rookies to record an error-less match on the weekend slate.
In addition to individual accomplishments, as a team, Harvard put together one of the most successful weekends in recent seasons. On Thursday, the Crimson registered a .352 hitting percentage, the highest mark since October 2014. The team followed it up by snapping Northeastern's 12-match home unbeaten streak on Friday and strung together four wins for the first time since 2015 on Saturday. Harvard now sits atop the Ivy League with a .241 overall hitting percentage, which puts them 59th in the nation out of more than 335 Division I programs.