Women's Volleyball Looks to Remain Perfect at Home Tuesday Versus New Hampshire
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After registering a win over Boston College on Sunday, the Harvard women's volleyball team returns home to the Malkin Athletic Center to host New Hampshire Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the team's final non-conference match of the year.
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Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team rode a.322 hitting percentage to a 3-1 win over Boston College Sunday afternoon to cap off the second-annual New England Challenge. The victory came by set scores of 18-25, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-23.
Harvard, which improved to 5-3 with the win, was paced by Kathleen Wallace's 15 kills while Caroline Walters and Grace Weghorst notched 11 apiece. Wallace finished the day hitting a career-high .778 (15-1-18) as Walters posted a .304 percentage. Caroline Holte added seven kills with Corinne Bain (33 assists) and Hannah Schmidt (11 assists) sharing the setting duties.
The Crimson defense limited Boston College to a .171 hitting percentage, marking the fifth time in eight matches that a Harvard opponent has hit below .200. Schmidt earned her first double-double of the year with 11 digs to go with her assist total while Sindhu Vegesena also added 11. Walters and Bain led the charge at the net with three blocks each.
Harvard opened the year with four wins against two losses, marking the program's best record to start a season under head coach Jennifer Weiss, who is in her 21st year at the helm, and equaling the program's best start since going 7-1 to open the 1984 campaign.
With a 3-0 record at home, the Crimson has posted its best home record since 2004 when the squad won six straight en route to a 7-1 record at the MAC.
Kathleen Wallace hit a career-high .778 in the team's 3-1 victory at Boston College, registering 15 kills on 18 attempts with just one error. Wallace's 15 kills were one short of her career-high of 16, set last season against Middle Tennessee State, while her hitting percentage topped her previous best of .667 set last year against Providence (12-0-18).
Serving Up Aces
Harvard scored 13 aces in a straight set victory over UMass Lowell, marking the most aces for a Crimson squad since 2003, the last year for which match-by-match statistics are available. Freshman Corinne Bain tallied seven aces in the victory, again the most for the Crimson since 2003.
Bain has turned in a total of 20 aces already on the young season, putting her just 12 shy of entering Harvard's single-season top 10. She currently ranks seventh in the nation with 0.61 aces per set while the Crimson as a team ranks 36th (1.61).
Protecting the Net
Harvard dominated the net in its first two matches of the season, posting 17 total blocks against both Holy Cross and Hofstra. The Crimson has already turned in double-digit blocking totals four times this year after having done so just nine times all of last season.
Caroline Holte posted a career-high 12 blocks in the team's 3-1 win over Hofstra, marking the most blocks in a match for Harvard since Sandra Lynne Fryhofer '12 totaled 13 at Georgia State on Sept. 3, 2011.
Coming Out Party
Corinne Bain was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Sept. 9 after leading the Crimson to a 2-0 record at the eighth annual Harvard Invitational.
Bain made an immediate impact in her collegiate debut as the Crimson came from behind for a 3-2 win over Holy Cross. The freshman finished with 10 kills, 31 assists and nine digs, narrowly missing out on a triple-double. She also scored three aces and three blocks against the Crusaders while hitting .333. Bain and her teammates returned to the court the following day to defeat Hofstra, 3-1, thanks in part to her eight-kill, 28-assist, nine-dig effort which also included four aces and three blocks.
Corinne Bain (2.00 kps, 6.56 aps, 2.00 dps), Kathleen Wallace (2.22 kps, .255 hitting percentage) and Caroline Walters (1.33 bps, 1.78 kps) were each named to the Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team after guiding the Crimson to a pair of wins. Wallace and Walters were also named to the all-tourney team a year ago while Bain, a freshman, received the honor for the first time.
Wallace earned all-tournament recognition at the Holiday Inn Mission Valley Aztec Invitaitonal after notching 2.15 kps while hitting .299 on the weekend.
Scouting New Hampshire (5-10)
New Hampshire enters play Tuesday riding a seven-match losing streak which has seen the Wildcats' overall record fall to 5-10. UNH is led offensively by Morgan Thatcher who has posted 2.84 kps and Tori Forrest who has notched 2.28 kps. Taylor Kunklau has shouldered the load as the team's setter, having averaged 8.49 aps. On the defensive side Madison Lightfoot has turned in 4.00 dps with Destiny Tolliver adding 1.06 bps.
Harvard returns 10 letterwinners to the court in 2013 including co-captains Kristen Casey and Natalie Doyle. Casey, who played outside hitter as a freshman but made the transition to libero as a sophomore, will return to the outside as a six-rotation player for the Crimson. Doyle, meanwhile, will be relied upon in the back row after averaging 2.39 dps a year ago.
Also returning for the Crimson is Caroline Walters (1.06 bps), an All-Ivy League second team performer in 2012, Erin Cooney (2.14 kps), Caroline Holte (1.00 bps), Hannah Schmidt (4.78 aps), Teresa Skelly (0.88 bps) and Kathleen Wallace (2.81 kps).
New To The Scene
Earlier this summer, head coach Jennifer Weiss announced the addition of five freshmen for 2013; Corinne Bain, Whitney Hansen, Jane Labanowski, Danielle Leavitt and Grace Weghorst. This group, which represents California, Florida and Texas, has combined for three state championships, eight district championships and seven league championships.
Related Link: Five Freshmen Set to Join Women's Volleyball in 2013
On The Sidelines
Head coach Jennifer Weiss returns for her 21st season at the helm of the Harvard women's volleyball program. Weiss owns a 251-293 record on the sidelines and guided Harvard to its only Ivy League championship in 2004. She has mentored 48 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.
Weiss is joined this season by first-year assistants Arturo Rivera and Jeffrey Aucoin.