Women’s Volleyball Welcomes Five Freshmen for 2011 Season

Harvard brings five freshman into the mix for the 2011 season (Gil Talbot).

Five freshmen will be joining the Harvard volleyball team for the 2011 season, head coach Jen Weiss announced Friday. Four of the five incoming student-athletes hail from California with the fifth being a Texas native.   

"We are very excited about our freshmen class," said Weiss. "Katherine Ingersoll and Caroline Walters will be a force in the middle hitting position both offensively and defensively. Kristin Casey has a great court awareness and aggressive defense and backcourt."

"Tara MacLean will bring more ball control and discipline to the outside hitting position. She can read on defense and find a way to score offensively. And Sindhu Vegesena has such a great touch on the ball. Has always been a playmaker in the back row. Her effective serving and receive will impact our team."

"I look forward to our preseason and with consistent hard work in each practice we should prepare well for season."

Last year, the Crimson compiled a 9-17 overall record and a 6-8 mark in Ivy League play. Three players from the 2010-11 squad earned All-Ivy League accolades, all of whom are returning as seniors for the 2011-12 campaign.

Here's a look at the class of 2015:

Katherine Ingersoll, Freshman, Middle Hitter/Blocker, 6-2, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif./Torrey Pines
Was a two-year letterwinner on Torrey Pines volleyball team … Named a San Diego Union Tribune Scholar-Athlete in 2009 and '10 … Helped high school team to first-place finishes in the league as a junior and senior … Led team to second-place finish in Division I CIF finals as a junior … Smith College Book Award recipient … Member of Junior Honor Court and National Honor Society … Also a yearbook staff writer and member of the SDUHSD Study Buddy program … Enjoys water sports, skiing, sailing, boating and the beach … Mother, Elizabeth Peterson Ingersoll '82, played volleyball and rowed for Radcliffe crew … Uncle, Chris Peterson '79, played volleyball and basketball and cousin, Jennie Peterson '10, was in the Radcliffe crew varsity boat … Sister, Anne Carroll Ingersoll, is a senior on the volleyball team and a member of the Radcliffe crew … Father, Henry Ingersoll, rowed crew at Penn and competed in the 1966 Canadian National Championships.

Sindhu Vegesena, Freshman, Libero, 5-8, Spring, Texas/Klein Oak
Played four years on the Klein Oak volleyball team, serving as team captain as a senior … A two-time All-Greater Houston first team pick and second-team pick as a sophomore … Named to All-District 13-5A first team as a sophomore, junior and senior and received Defensive Player of the Year honors … Named Gullo Toyota Athlete of the Month during senior season … Two-time Cy-Fair Tournament Outstanding Libero … Four-time team defensive MVP … Four-time member of the 13-5A All-Academic team … Participated in the junior Olympics open division volleyball competition from 2007-2010 … Sun Times Volleyball Player of the Year and Under Armor Athlete honorable mention in 2011 … International Baccalaureate program participant … Involved with Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Program and Congressional and National Youth Leadership … 2011 National Merit Scholar … Member of National Society of High School Scholars … Member of Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish National Honor Society, Interact Club, Spanish club and Duke TIP program … Volunteered for Relay for Life, Interfaith of Woodlands, Northwest Houston Chamber of Commerce and Texas Children's Hospital … Named Miss Klein Oak High School in 2011 … Enjoys reading and music.

Caroline Walters, Freshman, Middle Blocker, 6-1, San Mateo, Calif./Saint Francis
Lettered two season on the Saint Francis volleyball team … Named 2011 Saint Francis Female Scholar Athlete of the Year … Named to All-Daily News Prep Girls Volleyball first team and All-West Catholic Athletic League second team as a senior … Helped Saint Francis to an undefeated season and league championship as a senior … Also led team to CCS championship, Norcal Championship and Division II state title as a senior … Member of the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation … Graduated maxima cum laude and with honors … Father, Gerard Walters '80, played football and rugby at Harvard … Grandmother, Joan Gilbert Walters '46, received her Master's ('48) and PhD ('50) from Harvard and great grandfather, Dr. John Gilbert '25, also attended Harvard.

Kristen Casey, Freshman, Outside Hitter, 5-11, La Jolla, Calif./The Bishop's School
A four-year starter on The Bishop's School volleyball team and was also a member of the water polo, swimming and softball teams … Served as team captain for volleyball, water polo and swimming as a senior … Named Academic All-American and Senior Ace as a senior and was selected to San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic first team ... All-San Diego Section Division IV first team in 2009 and '10 and second team in 2008 … All-Coastal South League team from 2008-10 … Named a San Diego High School Sports Association All-Star… Union-Tribune All-Academic water polo first team and All-San Diego Section second team pick as a senior … Also named to Division III second team, All-Western League second team and San Diego County Aquatic Council All-Star as a senior … Academic All-America pick as a junior on the water polo squad … An All-Coastal South League softball second-team pick as a freshman … Helped high school volleyball team to three-straight regional finals, two Division IV finals and a Division IV championship in 2008 … Helped water polo to Division III championship as a senior … Member of the Cum Laude society and named a National Merit Scholarship finalist … Recipient of the Bishop's School Roundtable Club 2011 Scholar Athlete award and Cindy Groenendyke Sportsmanship Cup as a senior.

Tara MacLean, Freshman, Outside Hitter, 5-10, Monte Sereno, Calif./Archbishop Mitty
Two-year member of the Archbishop Mitty volleyball team and also played basketball as a senior … Named a volleyball and basketball academic athlete as a senior … Named to the all-league second team as a senior … Volleyball Coaches Award recipient following sophomore season … Helped team capture league, region, state and national championships during junior season … As a senior, led basketball team to league title … National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation and National Charity League member … Recognized on the Principal's Honor Roll.