Women’s Volleyball Travels to UC Santa Barbara for Thunderdome Classic

First-Year Ashley Wang prepares a set.
Photo by: Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (2-1, 0-0 Ivy) will return to the court this weekend, traveling to UC Santa Barbara for the Thunderdome Classic, Sept. 13-14. The Crimson will first face La Salle on Friday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. EST, before taking on San Diego at 1 p.m. EST and host UCSB at 10 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 14. 

How to Follow
Tournament Central: Thunderdome Classic
Live Stats: vs. UCSB
Twitter: @HarvardWVBall

What to Know
- The Crimson opened its 2019 campaign hosting the Harvard Invitational last weekend, posting a 2-1 record with wins over Sacred Heart (3-2) and Rhode Island (3-1). Sope Adeleye and Sandra Zeng were named to the All-Tournament team after their impressive performances throughout the tournament. 
- Senior co-captain Evelyn Gray leads the Crimson attack with 2.69 kills per set. Senior Adeleye adds to Harvard's dominant offense, topping the lineup with a .448 hitting percentage through the Crimson's opening three matches.
- Defensively, junior Zeng guides the back court with 2.92 digs per set, while Adeleye and first-year Ava Rauser have manned the net, each averaging 1.15 blocks per set.
- First-year Ashley Wang made an immediate impact in her opening weekend in a Crimson uniform, leading the team with 4.92 assists per set. 
- Harvard will meet San Diego and UC Santa Barbara for the first time in program history. The Crimson holds a 1-0 advantage over La Salle, facing the Explorers back in 2004. 

Coaches Corner
Head coach Jennifer Weiss enters her 27th season at the helm of the women's volleyball program, where she has accumulated a 151-158 Ivy record, has led Harvard to three Ivy League titles and has guided 81 All-Ivy selections during her tenure.

Up Next
Harvard will return home to host Boston College on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. to kick off the New England Challenge. The Crimson will then travel to Northeastern on Thursday, Sept. 19 for a 7 p.m. match up.