The Crimson looks for its first win of the season this weekend. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will continue its 2018 campaign this weekend at the Fairfield Invitational in Fairfield, Conn., Sept. 7-8. Opening the Invitational on Friday, Sept. 7 against Central Connecticut State at 4:30 p.m., Harvard will compete in a doubleheader on Saturday, Sept. 8 first facing Michigan State at 10 a.m. before taking on Fairfield at 3 p.m. After a tough start to the 2018 season, the Crimson will be in search of its first win of the year.
What to Know
- Sophomore Mindie Mabry led the Crimson attack this past weekend, averaging 2.33 kills per set and recording two double-doubles. The first of her career came in Harvard's season opener against Cleveland State (14 kills, 15 digs), while she posted her second against Eastern Michigan (12 kills, 25 digs).
- Named to the Michigan Invitational All-Tournament team, Anna Uhr recorded a career-high 25 digs against Cleveland State. The senior libero currently tops the Crimson lineup with 4.17 digs per set.
- Freshmen Bella Almanza made an immediate impact in her opening weekend in a Crimson uniform, averaging 7.08 assists per set with a double-double in her first career match (39 assists, 14 digs). Her performance garnered a spot on the Ivy League honor roll list, alongside Uhr.
- Harvard owns an 8-4 lead against Central Connecticut State and a 7-4 advantage over Fairfield in its all-time series, while trailing Michigan State 0-1.
- The Crimson is 0-3 on the season, opening its 2018 campaign at the Michigan Invitational with losses against Cleveland State (3-2), No. 23 Michigan (3-0) and Eastern Michigan (3-1).
Leading the Way
Head coach Jennifer Weiss enters her 26th season at the helm of the program, where she has accumulated a 145-150 Ivy record, has led Harvard to three Ivy League titles and has guided 80 All-Ivy selections during her tenure.
Harvard will return to Cambridge for the New England Challenge next Thursday through Saturday. Making its debut at the Malkin Athletic Center for the first time this season, the Crimson will take on Boston College and UMass Lowell at home, while traveling to cross town rival Northeastern for the three-match slate.