Women's Volleyball Travels to Dartmouth for Ivy League Opener
Harvard opens Ivy League play Friday at Dartmouth (OAC).
The Harvard women's volleyball team will look to knock off Dartmouth for the first time in four years on Friday as it opens Ivy League play against the Big Green at 7 p.m. in Hanover, N.H.
A live video stream and live stats will be available during Friday's match through DartmouthSports.com by clicking here.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team saw two student-athletes record a double-double and three reach double-digits in kills despite falling in five sets Tuesday night at New Hampshire. The Wildcats took the match by scores of 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-25 and 15-12.
Taylor Docter notched her fourth double-double of the year with 16 kills and 10 digs while matching her career-high of five aces at the service line. Hannah Schmidt, meanwhile, tallied her second double-double in as many matches, finishing the evening with 15 assists and 12 digs… CONTINUE READING
Harvard's offense has been bookended by experience, with senior captain Taylor Docter and freshman Kathleen Wallace leading the way. Docter owns a team-best 2.74 kps average while Wallace ranks second with 2.59 kps and a .290 hitting percentage. Caroline Walters leads the team with a .352 hitting percentage and is tied for third on the squad with Erin Cooney with 1.79 kps. Teresa Skelly has added 1.32 kps with Caroline Holte chipping in 1.15 kps.
Setting it Up
Senior Beth Kinsella and freshman Hannah Schmidt have shared the setting duties as the team has shifted into a 6-2 offensive system. Kinsella has dished out 163 assists for an average of 5.26 per set, while Schmidt has tallied 151 assists for a 4.58 average.
On the Block
Middle blockers Caroline Holte, Teresa Skelly and Caroline Walters helped Harvard average 2.26 bps through its first nine matches of the year, good for 87th in the NCAA. Holte and Walters currently lead the team with 29 total blocks for an average of 0.85 bps, while Skelly's 21 total blocks equate to a 0.95 bps average.
Keep an Eye Out For…
Beth Kinsella, Taylor Docter and Teresa Skelly each have a chance to make their marks on the Harvard record books this season. Kinsella currently ranks sixth all-time with 1,400 assists and has averaged 7.37 aps for her career. Docter has moved to eighth in career aces (90) while her career 2.55 kps are good for ninth. She is also closing in on Harvard's all-time top 10 for kills with 792. Skelly, meanwhile, is just six block assists (178) short of entering the program's top 10 and needs 35 total blocks (204) to join that list as well.
Scouting Dartmouth (1-8)
Dartmouth enters play Friday with a 1-8 overall record after losing three straight at last weekend's Blue and White Classic. Paige Caridi and Alex Schoenberger have paced the Big Green offense with 2.34 kps apiece with Elisa Scudder adding 2.00 kps and a .313 hitting percentage. Kayden Cook has averaged 7.16 aps as the team's primary setter while Holly Harper has led the defensive efforts with 3.00 dps.
Harvard leads the all-time series with Dartmouth, 42-18, despite the Big Green having won each of the last six meetings. The Crimson's last win against Dartmouth came in 2008, when Harvard swept the season series with a pair of 3-1 wins.
Kristen Casey, Teresa Skelly and Taylor Docter each had big years against Dartmouth in 2011, with Casey averaging 3.33 kps and 2.67 dps to lead the way. Skelly added 2.78 kps, 1.00 bps and a .442 hitting percentage while Docter chipped in 2.33 kps and 2.00 dps.
Senior Taylor Docter and freshman Hannah Schmidt have combined for six double-doubles this season. Docter boasts four of those with her last being a 16-kill, 10-dig performance at New Hampshire. Schmidt has notched a double-double in each of the team's last two matches, including a 15-assist, 12-dig effort at New Hampshire.
Serving it Up
Taylor Docter matched her career-high with five aces at New Hampshire, marking the fourth time the senior has tallied five in a single match. Docter's five aces were also the second-highest total of any Crimson since 2008, with Katherine Kocurek's '10 six aces at Dartmouth leading the way.
Hitting it Home
Harvard registered a .474 hitting percentage against Providence, by far the highest hitting percentage of the season recorded by an Ivy League school. The Crimson converted 40 kills against the Friars on 78 attempts while only committing three errors. Caroline Walters hit a match-high .750 (6-0-8) while Kathleen Wallace hit .667 (12-0-18), the second-highest individual hitting percentage with a minimum of 10 attempts in the Ancient Eight this season. Caroline Holte (7-1-10) and Jennifer Shults (4-0-7) also got in on the action, hitting .600 and .571, respectively.
Harvard last hit .400 for a match on Sept. 27, 2008, when the squad combined for a .456 hitting percentage (35-4-68) in a 3-0 win over St. Francis (Pa.).
Senior co-captain Taylor Docter was been named to both the Hokie Invitational and Harvard Invitational all-tournament teams this season. She was joined on the Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team by freshman Kathleen Wallace and sophomore Caroline Walters, while Kristen Casey was named to the New England Challenge All-Tournament Team, marking the first all-tourney honor of each of their careers.
Captain of the Ship
Senior Taylor Docter was voted by her teammates as the 59th captain of Harvard women's volleyball. Docter was an All-Ivy League second team and Academic All-Ivy honoree in 2011 after ranking eighth in the conference in kills per set (3.05), seventh in aces (0.27) and seventh in points per set (3.52). The Los Altos, Calif., native also averaged 1.72 dps on the defensive side of the net and finished her year with career-highs in kills, attempts, hitting percentage and digs.
"Taylor has been an impact player since her freshmen season," Head Coach Jen Weiss commented. "She came in this preseason in great shape and ready to work hard. As a second team All-Ivy outside hitter, she led our team in points scored and kills per set. She has a natural ability to lead and her peers respect her on and off the court. Taylor's composure on court has been tremendous this year and I look forward to her leading the team."
Head coach Jen Weiss is in her 20th season at the helm of the Crimson. Weiss owns a 243-285 record on the sidelines and guided Harvard to its only Ivy League championship in 2004. She has mentored 46 All-Ivy honorees, five Ivy League Rookie of the Year recipients and coached the program's first two-time Ivy League Player of the Year in Kaego Ogbechie '05.
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