Harvard will close out the 2012 campaign visiting Yale and Brown (Gil Talbot).
The Harvard women's volleyball team will put a bow on the 2012 season this weekend as it makes one final road trip to Yale and Brown. The Crimson will first take on the Bulldogs Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. before facing the Bears Saturday, Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.
A live video stream and live stats will be available during Friday's match through YaleBulldogs.com by clicking here. BrownBears.com will also provide a live video stream and live stats for Saturday's match by clicking here.
Last Time Out
Freshman Kathleen Wallace registered a match-best 13 kills while hitting .462, and classmate Caroline Holte recorded seven blocks to help lift the Harvard women's volleyball team over Cornell, 3-0, on senior night at the Malkin Athletic Center. The win marked the 250th career victory for Jen Weiss, the longest-tenured coach in Crimson women's volleyball history.
Prior to the game, Harvard recognized seniors Taylor Docter and Beth Kinsella. Docter finished with eight kills and 12 digs, and Kinsella dished out 18 assists while splitting setting duties with Hannah Schmidt, who finished with 19 helpers. Freshman Jennifer Shults tallied eight kills with classmate Caroline Walters chipping in six. Harvard held a 13-2 advantage in team blocks, as Walters tallied five and Erin Cooney and Shults chipped in four. Kristen Casey also posted 12 digs to round out an impressive defensive performance.
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 3.18 kps average, good for third in the Ivy League, while Wallace ranks ninth in the conference with 2.82 kps. Junior Erin Cooney is third on the squad with 2.26 kps and sophomore Caroline Walters (1.77 kps) boasts a team best .372 hitting percentage, the highest in the Ancient Eight and 38th-best in the NCAA.
Harvard ranks second in the Ivy League as a group with a combined .226 hitting percentage, its highest mark since hitting .208 in 2008.
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 457 assists for an average of 5.71 per set, while Schmidt has tallied 395 assists for a 4.82 average.
On the Block
Middle blockers Caroline Walters and Caroline Holte have helped Harvard average 2.48 bps, good for second in the Ivy League. Walters leads the team with 90 total blocks and a 1.08 bps average, ranking her fourth in the Ivy League. Holte is a close second with 87 total blocks and an average of 1.05 bps, fifth-best in the Ancient Eight.
Keep an Eye Out For…
Seniors Taylor Docter and Beth Kinsella have cemented their places in Harvard's record book this season. Docter recently moved into the Crimson's all-time top 10 for kills, and currently sits in eighth place with 963 kills. Docter also ranks fourth in attack attempts (3,370), sixth in aces (98) and is eighth in kills per set (2.67). Kinsella, meanwhile, is sixth all-time with 1,694 assists and is just 16 helpers shy of moving into fourth place.
Kristen Casey, Caroline Holte and Caroline Walters are making a bid to join Harvard's single-season top 10 as well. Casey has averaged 3.78 dps, which would put her in 10th place on Harvard's single-season list. Holte and Walters, meanwhile, have posted 86 and 79 block assists, putting them at sixth and ninth, respectively, in the Harvard ranks.
To view the complete Harvard record book, click here.
Scouting Yale (16-5, 12-0 Ivy League)
Yale enters play this weekend having already secured its third straight Ivy League championship and fourth in five years with a 16-5 overall record and perfect 12-0 mark in the Ancient Eight. The Bulldogs currently lead the conference in four statistical categories, including hitting percentage (.231), opponent hitting percentage (.155), assists (13.88) and kills (14.88). Individually, Mollie Rogers ranks fourth with 3.01 kps while Kelly Johnson's 2.89 kps are good for seventh. Maddie Rudnick is third in the league with 4.74 dps.
The Bulldogs earned a 3-0 victory over the Crimson when the team's first met this season in Cambridge. Erin Cooney and Kathleen Wallace turned in a team-high nine kills while Beth Kinsella dished out 19 assists to lead the attack. Taylor Docter and Hannah Schmidt carried the defensive load with 10 digs apiece.
Scouting Brown (6-16, 2-10 Ivy League)
Brown has lost three straight matches and six of its last seven to fall to 6-16 on the year, 2-10 Ivy League. Maddie Lord leads the Bear attack with 2.82 kps, the ninth-highest average in the league. Alexandra Rieckhoff ranks seventh with 5.75 aps while Kathryn Conner's 4.87 dps are good for second.
Head coach Jen Weiss recorded her 250th career victory on Nov. 3, 2012 with a dominating sweep of Cornell. Weiss, in her 20th year at the helm of the Crimson, is the longest tenured coach in program history and the longest tenured active coach in Ivy League women's volleyball. Weiss' 250 victories at Harvard are also tops among active Ivy League coaches and her next Ancient Eight victory will put her at an even 100.
Taking Home the Honors
The Crimson has taken home three Ivy League awards this season, with Taylor Docter being named player of the week Oct. 16 and Caroline Holte earning rookie of the week honors twice.
Docter's accolade came after averaging 5.00 kps and 2.57 dps with a .280 hitting percentage at Cornell and Columbia. She scored 14 kills and added four blocks and six digs in a 3-1 win over the Big Red, and returned to the court the following day to notch 21 kills in a sweep of the Lions. Her 21 kills were two shy of her career-high, and the most for a Crimson student-athlete in a three-set match since 2008.
Holte posted a career-best nine blocks against Dartmouth and also tallied six kills and a .455 hitting percentage to earn her first career Ivy League accolade Oct. 23. She doubled-down on Nov. 6 and won her second award after averaging 1.57 kps and 1.71 bps with a .524 hitting percentage against Columbia and Cornell.
Seniors Taylor Docter and Beth Kinsella and freshman Hannah Schmidt have combined for 23 double-doubles this season. Docter leads all current Crimson with 19 career double-doubles while Kinsella is a close second with 16.
Harvard won five of six matches between Sept. 29 and Oct. 19, a string of success which included a three-match Ivy League win streak. This marked the first time since October of 2009 that Harvard had won three straight matches in Ancient Eight play and was the squad's best stretch since taking seven of eight in September of last year.
Harvard has recorded double-digit blocks in nine matches this season, most recently turning in a pair of 13-block performances against Columbia and Cornell. Harvard currently ranks second in the Ivy League with 2.48 bps, its highest average since 2003.
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.
Holte of the Block
Caroline Holte registered a career-high nine blocks at home against Dartmouth, the third most for the Crimson in a single match since 2008. The sophomore has recorded at least five blocks on 10 occasions this season, including three times in the team's last five matches.
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 fifth-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 named to both the Hokie Invitational and Harvard Invitational all-tournament teams. 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 250-292 record on the sidelines, including a 99-124 mark in Ancient Eight play, 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.
Catch the Crimson in 2012
Harvard will host 11 home matches at the Malkin Athletic Center this season and each will be streamed live online through GoCrimson.com. Fans can also watch each match On Demand approximately two hours after completion. One-year subscriptions are available for $49.95 and allow access to every home event streamed by the Crimson, including football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's hockey and men's soccer. For more information or to sign up today, click here.