Cornell, Columbia Provide Road Tests For Women's Volleyball

(Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot). 

The Particulars
The Harvard women's volleyball team hits the road for a weekend of Ivy League competition as it travels to take on Cornell Friday night and Columbia Saturday afternoon. This marks the second time this season the Crimson has faced these teams, collecting wins against both at home.

Last Time Out
Harvard rebounded from a 3-1 loss to Yale the night before to take down conference foe Brown, 3-1, last Saturday at the Malkin Athletic Center. Anne Carroll Ingersoll led all players with 16 kills and had six digs and four blocks. Mikaelle Comrie added 11 kills, while Sandra Lynne Fryhofer recorded 10 kills on just 17 swings for a .529 hitting percentage. Harvard hit .279 as a team. Beth Kinsella registered 43 assists and 11 digs, Teresa Skelly led all players with five blocks, and Fryhofer had four, one solo, as Harvard limited Brown (7-13, 1-7) to .177 hitting.

Earlier This Season
Down two games to none against Columbia, the Harvard women's volleyball team rallied to take the final three sets to collect its first Ivy League win, downing the Lions 3-2 (14-25, 19-25, 25-19, 31-29, 15-12) Oct. 8 at the Malkin Athletic Center. Taylor Docter collected 17 kills, just one shy of her career high total, and hit .441 for the match. She added five service aces and four digs to her performance, while Mikaelle Comrie chipped in 16 kills and 12 digs. Christine Wu added 21 digs and Sandra Lynne Fryhofer added four blocks.

Harvard bounced back after dropping the first set against Cornell the following afternoon to record its second consecutive home conference win, downing the Big Red 3-1. Docter led all Harvard hitters for the second night in a row, totaling 13 kills and hitting .314 for the match. She also added two blocks and six digs on the night. Beth Kinsella had a career night, dishing out 43 helpers in the win and Ingersoll contributed 12 kills and three blocks. Skelly finished a strong performance with six blocks.

About the Crimson
With 2.24 kills per set, Anne Carroll Ingersoll leads the Crimson attack, totaling 123 kills on the season. Mikaelle Comrie is close behind at 2.08 kills per set while Taylor Docter is collecting 1.96 per frame. Teresa Skelly is hitting a team-high .297 on the season and also leads the Crimson with a 0.99 blocks per set mark. Christine Wu is averaging 4.25 digs per set and stands second on the team with 17 service aces on the season.

Scouting the Big Red
Cornell enters the Harvard match with a 4-14 overall record and a 2-6 mark in conference play. The Big Red dropped a pair of 3-0 decision last weekend to Ivy powers Penn and Princeton, but took down Brown, 3-1, the weekend before.

Kelly Hansen is Cornell's top hitter, averaging 2.58 kills per set, good for 10th in the Ivy League. Janel Forte is also averaging over two kills per set with a 2.27 mark and is second on the team with 141 kills on the season. Setter Jordan Reeder ranks sixth in the Ivy League with 8.64 assists per set and Madeleine Przybyl tops the Big Red with 64 total blocks on the year, good for a 0.93 blocks per set average.

Scouting the Lions
Columbia is coming off a league split last weekend, topping Princeton, 3-2, and falling to Penn, 3-1, on its home court. At 12-6 on the year (and 4-4 in the Ivy League), the Lions enter the weekend in fourth place in conference standings.

Megan Gaughn leads the Lions, and stands third among Ivy players, with a 3.86 kills-per-set average. Monique Roberts (2.50) and Madeline Rumer (2.42) are both averaging better than 2.00 kills per set for Columbia, while Roberts is the league leader with a .351 hitting percentage on the season. Savannah Fletcher paces the league in blocks per set, averaging 1.17 per frame while Katherine Keller stands fourth in the Ancient Eight, averaging 4.67 digs per set.

On the Horizon
Harvard stays on the road next weekend as it takes on Brown, Friday No. 5, and Yale, Saturday Nov. 6, to wrap up its conference road schedule.