Ivy Women's Volleyball Action Continues This Weekend With Columbia, Cornell

Beth Kinsella is one of two Harvard players with over 100 assists on the season (Gil Talbot).

The Particulars
The Harvard women's volleyball team continues its Ivy League schedule as it welcomes Columbia and Cornell to the Malkin Athletic Center this weekend. The Crimson is looking for its first league win of the season after dropping a pair of matches to Dartmouth.

The History
Harvard has had success against Columbia as the hosts hold a 34-10 all-time edge against the Lions. The Crimson has captured the last eight matches against the Lions, including 3-2 and 3-0 wins last season.

Cornell has proved to be a bit more of a challenge traditionally for the Crimson, as the Big Red holds the all-time series lead at 30-16. However, in two matches last season, the Crimson tallied 3-1 and 3-0 victories to give it the first series sweep of the Big Red since the 2002 season.  

Last Time Out
In its second conference game of the season, the Crimson rallied to capture the third set but Dartmouth proved to be too strong as the Big Green earned a 3-1 win in Cambridge last Friday. Anne Carroll Ingersoll paced the Harvard attack with 10 kills and Teresa Skelly totaled eight kills and four blocks, earning a mention on the Ivy League Honor Roll for the week of Oct. 4.  

The Crimson
After going 1-1 last week, Harvard stands at 3-11 on the season and in search of its first Ancient Eight victory. Taylor Docter remains Harvard's top hitter with 92 kills on the season while Skelly leads the Ivy League in hitting percentage (.341) and Ingersoll leads in kills per set (2.03).

Natalie Doyle (224 assists) and Beth Kinsella (169 assists) have split setting duties this season and are both averaging over five assists per set. Defensive specialist Christine Wu tops the team with 219 digs on the season, and stands in seventh place in team annals with 1,078 career digs, and Skelly remains the top blocker on the team with 38 total on the year.

Scouting Columbia
The Lions come into Friday's match with a 1-1 conference schedule but the second-best non-league mark at 9-3 on the year. The Lions won nine straight contests after dropping the first two matches of the season, but lost to Cornell Oct. 2 in their last match. Four players had 10 or more kills on the game and Madeline Rumer collected eight total blocks in the 3-2 loss.

Megan Gaughn leads the Lions with 156 kills and 3.63 kills per set and Rumer is second on the team with 92 kills. Colleen Brennan leads the team with 286 assists on the year and is one of three players on the roster with 11 service aces. Gaughn, Katherine Keller and Cindy Chen all have over 100 digs on the season.

Scouting Cornell
Cornell brings a 3-8 overall record into the weekend and a 1-1 mark in conference play. After dropping its conference opener to Columbia Sept. 25, the Big Red answered back with a 3-2 win over the Lions in its last game. Cornell will face Dartmouth Oct. 8, before taking on the Crimson the following day.

Kelly Hansen (111 kills), Janel Forte (87 kills) and Deveney Pula (65 kills) are all averaging better than two kills per set on the year, while setter Jordan Reeder ranks fifth in the league with 369 assists and an 8.20 assists per game average. Risa Ka'awa's 199 digs are tops on the team and Hansen paces the Big Red with 37 total blocks on the season.

Up Next for the Crimson
Harvard hits the road after this weekend to take on Princeton (Oct. 15) and Penn (Oct. 16).