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Women's Volleyball Looks To Create Separation In Ivy Standings at Penn, Princeton

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team hits the road once again this weekend as it travels to Penn and Princeton for a pair of crucial Ivy League contests. The Crimson will first face the Quakers Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. before taking to the court against the Tigers Saturday, Oct. 19 at 5 p.m.

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Last Time Out

The Harvard women's volleyball team completed its weekend sweep of Cornell and Columbia Saturday afternoon by taking out the Lions in straight sets, 3-0, at the Malkin Athletic Center. The victory came by set scores of 25-16, 25-21 and 25-21.

With the win, Harvard has moved into a tie with Brown for second place in the Ivy League and moves to 6-1 at home on the year.

Caroline Walters matched her season-high of 11 kills and hit .500 on the night to help lead the attack. Kathleen Wallace also reached double-digits with 10 kills while Grace Weghorst contributed nine and Caroline Holte seven. Corinne Bain and Hannah Schmidt one again split the setting duties, dishing out 19 assists and 18 assists, respectively. Harvard's offense also benefited from seven service aces, including three from Bain to move her into a tie for fifth place on the program's single-season list.

Kristen Casey paced the defense with a season-high 21 digs as Columbia was held to a .131 hitting percentage. Bain notched eight digs to go with four blocks from Holte.

Where We Stand
Harvard heads into the weekend tied with Brown for second place in the Ivy League standings with a 3-2 conference mark. Yale sits atop the standings with a perfect 5-0 record while Penn, Cornell, Princeton and Columbia are all evenly matched at 2-3 for fourth place. A pair of victories this weekend for the Crimson over the Quakers and Tigers will help to separate the pack.

Home Court Advantage
With last weekend's sweep of Cornell and Columbia, Harvard has improved to 6-1 in the friendly confines of the Malkin Athletic Center. This marks the team's best home record since 2004, when the squad won six straight to begin the year en route to a 7-1 record at the MAC.

The Crimson women have posted a 19-10 record at home over the past three years while the men's team has gone 25-7.  

Serving Up Aces
Freshman Corinne Bain has recorded 35 aces on the year, tying her for fifth place on Harvard's single-season list and putting her just six shy of Lolita Lopez's '98 school record of 41. Bain currently ranks fourth in the NCAA with 0.63 aces per set while the Crimson as a team ranks 37th (1.54).

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. Bain single-handedly tallied seven aces in the victory, again the most for the Crimson since 2003.

Tripling Up
Freshman Corinne Bain recorded the first known triple-double in Harvard history when she led the Crimson with 15 kills, 33 assists and 11 digs at Brown. Bain finished the evening with a .333 hitting percentage, and rounded out her stat line with three block assists and four aces.

Bain owns a team-best seven double-doubles on the year and has just missed out on a triple-double three times, including her collegiate debut when she turned in 10 kills, 31 assists and nine digs.

High Percentage
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).

Wallace currently ranks 13th in the Ivy League with a .267 hitting percentage while classmate Caroline Holte is fifth with a .322 mark. As a team, the Crimson ranks third in the conference with a .200 percentage and has hit over .300 in a match three times this season.

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 turned in double-digit blocking totals five times this year after having done so nine times 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.

Caroline Wallace ranks fourth in the Ivy League with 1.02 bps with Holte's 0.98 bps putting her sixth in the conference. Harvard has combined for 2.18 bps as a team, the best average among the Ivies, while the Crimson's .183 opponent hitting percentage ranks second in the league.

Double-Doubles

Name
Corinne Bain
Kristen Casey
Natalie Doyle
Hannah Schmidt
Grace Weghorst

2013 Double-Doubles
7
1
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3
1

Career Double-Doubles
7
8
9
11
1

Feeling Honored
Grace Weghorst earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 24, marking the second time in three weeks the award was bestowed upon the Crimson. Weghorst helped Harvard to a 2-1 week with a team-high 2.62 kps. One of those victories came at Boston College, a foe the Crimson had not beaten since 2002, when Weghorst turned in a career-high 11 kills with five digs and two aces.

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.

Fast Start
Harvard opened the year with a 4-2 mark, 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.

All-Tourney
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 Penn (8-8, 2-3 Ivy)
Penn is tied with Cornell, Princeton and Columbia for fourth place in the Ivy League with an 8-8 overall record and 2-3 conference mark after splitting its matches last weekend at Yale and Brown. Despite ranking in the bottom half of the conference in all statistical categories, the Quakers own a 3-1 record when playing at home in the Palestra.

Penn boasts a balanced attack led by Kristen Etterbeek  (2.41 kps) and Jasmine DeSilva (2.34 kps). Alex Caldwell and Ronnie Bither have shared the setting duties, dishing out 5.78 aps and 4.76 aps, respectively. Alexis Genske sports a team-best 3.31 dps with Arielle Winfield's 0.72 bps leading the way at the net.

Penn has dominated the all-time series between the teams, 42-11, but Harvard has won three of the last four meetings between the teams. The Crimson and Quakers split last year's series with each team winning at home, while Harvard took both matches from Penn in 2011.

Scouting Princeton (6-9, 2-3 Ivy)
Coming off a pair of losses last week at Brown and Yale, Princeton enters the weekend tied with Penn, Cornell and Columbia for fourth place in the Ivy League with a 6-9 overall record and 2-3 conference mark. Princeton's attack ranks fourth in the conference with 12.26 kps and a .198 hitting percentage, but its defense has allowed a league worst .230 opponent hitting percentage.

Kendall Peterkin leads the Ivy League with 3.59 kps while Cara Mattaliano ranks third with 3.13 kps. Lauren Miller has dished out 8.00 aps, good for third in the conference. Defensively, Nicole Kincade sports a 1.10 bps average which ranks her second in the Ancient Eight with Sarah Daschbach's 3.74 dps putting her fourth.

Princeton owns a 48-10 advantage in its all-time series with Harvard and has won each of the last four meetings between the schools. The Crimson has not won in New Jersey since 2002.

Welcome Back
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.

Related Links: Arturo Rivera Joins Women's Volleyball Coaching Staff; Jeffrey Aucoin Named Men's and Women's Volleyball Assistant