Women’s Volleyball Prepares for New England Challenge, Syracuse

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to Cambridge for a pair of midweek matchups, the Harvard women's volleyball team (2-4, 0-0 Ivy) will prepare for the New England Challenge, before facing Syracuse to cap off the three-match week. The Crimson will take on Boston College at the Malkin Athletic Center on Wednesday, Sept. 18 for a 7 p.m. tilt and travel to Northeastern on Thursday, Sept. 19 to compete for its third-consecutive New England Challenge crown. Harvard will then close out the week hosting Syracuse at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. 

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What to Know
- The Crimson was named New England Challenge champions the past two years, sweeping the competition last year to claim regional bragging rights and hosting rights this year.
- Harvard is 2-4 on the season after two weekends of competition, picking up wins against Sacred Heart (3-2) and Rhode Island (3-1).
- The Crimson has won four of its last five meetings against Northeastern and three-straight against Boston College. Harvard will meet Syracuse for the second time in program history, previously falling to the Orange back in 2010.
- Senior co-captain Evelyn Gray leads the Crimson attack with 2.59 kills per set. Senior Adeleye adds to Harvard's dominant offense, topping the lineup with a .366 hitting percentage through the Crimson's opening two tournaments.
- Defensively, junior Sandra Zeng guides the back court with 3.00 digs per set, while Adeleye leads the Crimson at the net, averaging 1.30 blocks per set.

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 begin Ivy League action next Saturday, Oct. 28, welcoming Dartmouth to the Malkin Athletic Center for a 5 p.m. match up. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+.