PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard women's volleyball players Christina Cornelius, Grace Roberts Burbank and Maclaine Fields have earned All-Ivy honors for the 2017 season as announced by the conference today (Nov. 16). Harvard has now placed at least one member on an All-Ivy team in each of the last 24 years.
Junior captain Christina Cornelius was named First Team All-Ivy for the second time in her career after leading the team with 242 kills and 87 blocks. Cornelius ranked eighth in the Ivy League with a .289 overall hitting percentage and blocks per set (0.96). During the 2017 season, Cornelius met or surpassed six career highs and registered a hitting percentage over .350 in seven matches. The Los Angeles native earned her first career Ivy League Player of the Week honors after Harvard earned regional bragging rights by sweeping the New England Challenge in mid-September. In three matches, Cornelius totaled 30 kills, five aces, 22 digs and 16 blocks. The junior has played in every match over the last two seasons and was a starter in all 23 contests during the 2017 campaign.
Grace Roberts Burbank was tabbed Second Team All-Ivy for the second consecutive year after leading the Crimson in kills per set, averaging 2.94, a mark good for top five in the Ivy League. Roberts Burbank set four career highs during the 2017 campaign, including a .421 hitting percentage against Columbia on nine kills, 19 attempts and just one error. The sophomore outside hitter recorded 11 double-digit kill efforts and posted back-to-back double-doubles against Yale and Brown, contributing 14 kills and 11 digs in a five-set stunner against the Bulldogs and added 22 kills and 10 digs the next day against the Bears. The San Francisco, Calif. native started 22 of 23 matches this season.
Maclaine Fields earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy recognition for the first time in her career after owning one of the most accurate swings in the conference. Fields averaged a .343 hitting percentage on 195 kills, 440 attempts and just 44 errors. Her aim was good for fourth in the Ivy-League and in the top 100 of all NCAA players. Fields set six new career highs, hit at a .350 clip or better in 13 matches this season and totaled three errors or less in 22 of 23 contests. The sophomore started in all but two matches and ranked second on the team with 67 blocks and 235 points and ranked third with 2.19 kills per set.
Harvard ended the 2017 season tied for third in the Ivy League with a 13-10 overall and 8-6 conference record. This marks the fifth straight season the Crimson has finished in the top four of the conference.