Women's Volleyball Set to Host Penn and Princeton in Ivy Action
The Crimson will celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Friday with its annual Dig Pink event (Gil Talbot).
Harvard returns home this weekend to continue Ivy League play against Penn and Princeton in the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson will first face the Quakers on Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:00 p.m. before hosting the Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5:00 p.m. Earlier this season the Crimson defeated Penn, 3-2, on Oct. 1 after falling at Princeton, 3-2, the night before.
The Home Team (10-8, 3-5 Ivy League)
Harvard returns to the MAC after last weekend's trip to Dartmouth where the Crimson suffered a 3-1 defeat. Kristen Casey and Natalie Doyle registered double-doubles versus the Big Green while Casey, Sandra Lynne Fryhofer and Teresa Skelly each notched double-digit kills.
Taylor Docter and Casey enter the weekend ranked eighth and ninth, respectively, in the conference with 2.92 kps and 2.85 kps. Skelly, meanwhile, is ninth with a .290 hittting percentage while Christine Wu ranks second with 5.51 dps. Wu and Docter are tied for fifth in the league with 0.28 aces per set.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and today Harvard is hosting its annual Dig Pink event. The Crimson will wear pink during today's match and will be accepting donations towards breast cancer research.
Student Rewards Program
Today's match is the women's volleyball team's Student Rewards Game. The first 100 students to arrive at the MAC will receive a free CRIMSON t-shirt and all students in attendance will receive $1 of Crimson Cash and entry into the season long grand prize raffle.
Senior libero Christine Wu has averaged 5.51 dps this season and currently ranks 12th in the NCAA. Wu is Harvard's all-time leader in digs with 1,709 and needs only 20 more to move into fifth place in Ivy League history.
Earlier this week Wu became the latest Harvard student-athlete to give fans an inside look at her sport when she was featured by GoCrimson.com in its newest series, Seeing Crimson. Click here to watch the video now.
Scouting Penn (6-12, 2-6 Ivy League)
The Quakers come into this evening having lost four consecutive matches and eight of their last 10, including a loss to the Crimson, 3-2, on Oct. 1. Penn, however, ranks second in the Ivy League in assists, digs and kills this season. Lauren Martin leads the Quakers with 3.27 kps while Dani Shepherd ranks third in the nation with 6.54 dps. Susan Stuecheli has averaged 1.12 bps, which is third in the Ancient Eight.
Scouting Princeton (14-6, 7-1 Ivy League)
The first-place Tigers come into the weekend having won seven of their last eight matches, all of which were against Ivy opponents, including a 3-2 win over Harvard on Sept. 30. Lydia Rudnick paces the Tigers with 3.72 kps while Cathryn Quinn has notched 3.58. Ginny Willis has dished out 9.91 aps and Hillary Ford has notched 5.25 dps.