Harvard hosts Holy Cross in its final non-conference action of the year (OAC).
The Harvard women’s volleyball team returns home after a five-match road swing to host Holy Cross in its final non-conference match of the season Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.
A live video stream and live stats will be available during Tuesday’s action through GoCrimson.com by clicking here.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team went to five sets for the second straight match but was unable to overcome Dartmouth in its home opener, falling 3-2 Friday night. The Big Green won by set scores of 25-22, 20-25, 22-25, 28-26 and 15-10.
Taylor Docter recorded her fifth double-double of the year, notching a career-high 23 kills and 15 digs. The senior also attempted a personal best 67 attack attempts, finishing the evening with a .284 hitting percentage. Kathleen Wallace and Erin Cooney also recorded double-digit kills, with Wallace tallying 14 kills and Cooney adding a career-high 12 kills and six total blocks… 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 3.00 kps average, good for second in the Ivy League, while Wallace ranks ninth in the conference with 2.62 kps and a .292 hitting percentage. Erin Cooney is third on the squad with 1.90 kps and Caroline Walters (1.79 kps) boasts a team best .359 hitting percentage.
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 190 assists for an average of 5.28 per set, while Schmidt has tallied 171 assists for a 4.50 average.
On the Block
Middle blockers Teresa Skelly, Caroline Walters and Caroline Holt have helped Harvard average 2.24 bps through its first 11 matches of the year, good for second in the Ancient Eight. Walters leads the team with 35 total blocks for an average of 0.90 bps, while Holte ranks a close second with 34 total blocks and an average of 0.87 per set. Skelly, meanwhile, has added 21 total blocks while averaging 0.90 bps.
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 1,427 assists and has averaged 7.32 aps for her career. Docter has moved to eighth in career aces (90) while her career 2.58 kps are good for ninth. She is also closing in on Harvard’s all-time top 10 for kills with 815. 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 Holy Cross (0-15)
Holy Cross will be in search of its first win on Tuesday as the team enters play with an 0-15 record. Megan Lynch leads the squad with 2.62 kps while Alicia Swearingen has chipped in 2.21 kps. Christiana Blakeslee and Hannah Grace Stokes have split time at setter, with Blakeslee contributing 5.79 aps and Stokes adding 4.04 aps. Defensively, Elizabeth Watters comes into play averaging 4.04 dps while Mary-Kate Short owns a team best 0.71 bps.
Harvard defeated Holy Cross at last year’s Harvard Invitational, 3-0, to improve to 23-8 all-time against the Crusaders with 17 wins in its last 18 outings. Kristen Casey and Erin Cooney each recorded a team-high 11 kills in the victory with Beth Kinsella directing the offense to a .369 hitting percentage while dishing out 40 assists.
Senior Taylor Docter and freshman Hannah Schmidt have combined for seven double-doubles this season. Docter boasts five of those with her last being a 23-kill, 15-dig performance at Dartmouth. Schmidt notched a double-double in back-to-back matches against Boston College and New Hampshire, including a 15-assist, 12-dig effort versus the Wildcats.
Taylor Docter set a new career-high with 23 kills at Dartmouth and finished the evening hitting .284 on 67 attempts with just four errors. Docter’s 23 kills are the second most for any Crimson student-athlete since 2008, with Kathryn McKinley’s ’09 total of 26 at Yale in 2008 topping the list.
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 in 2008 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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