Women's Volleyball Hosts Princeton, Penn in Final Home Weekend
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will close out its home schedule this weekend as it hosts Princeton and Penn at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson will first take to the court Friday, Nov. 8 against the Tigers at 7 p.m. before welcoming the Quakers to Cambridge Saturday, Nov. 9 at 5 p.m.
A live video stream will be available for both matches through the Ivy League Digital Network at the link above. Live stats will also be available.
Ivy League Digital Network
For the first time ever, 10 of Harvard's 11 home matches will be streamed in HD quality featuring a live scoreboard, new graphics package and play-by-play commentary through the Ivy League Digital Network. Subscribers to the network can watch matches both live and On-Demand at their convenience, and will have access to live and On-Demand content for all home Harvard athletics events throughout the duration of their subscription.
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Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team upset first-place Yale Saturday evening with a thrilling 3-2 win at the Malkin Athletic Center. The victory came by set scores of 26-24, 26-28, 27-25, 23-25 and 15-9.
Harvard received career nights from Kathleen Wallace, Grace Weghorst and Caroline Walters as the trio combined for 59 kills and a .434 hitting percentage. Wallace turned in a career-high 22 kills and hit .362 on the night, while Weghorst recorded a personal best with 21 kills and a .395 hitting percentage. Walters, meanwhile, notched her highest total with 16 kills and hit at a .652 clip.
Corinne Bain tallied her fourth double-double of the year with 10 kills, 39 assists and 14 digs. Hannah Schmidt also recorded a double-double with 27 kills and 12 digs, while Kristen Casey paced the defense with 22 digs. The Crimson combined for a .341 hitting percentage on the evening, the team's highest percentage since Sept. 27.
Where We Stand
Harvard currently sits in second place of the Ivy League standings with a 12-7 overall record and 7-3 conference mark. Yale is atop the standings with a 9-1 conference record following last week's loss to the Crimson, and is 14-3 overall. Penn (12-9, 6-4 Ivy League) is in third place while Brown (9-12, 5-5 Ivy League) rounds out the top four.
Thank You, Senior!
On Saturday, Harvard will honor the playing careers of seniors Erin Cooney, Natalie Doyle and Teresa Skelly. This year's graduating class has helped the Crimson to an 8-1 record at the Malkin Athletic Center this year, the best home record in program history, and owns a 26-15 record at home over the course of their careers. These three have also led this year's Harvard team to a 7-3 Ancient Eight record, securing the program's best conference record since winning the Ivy League in 2004.
Home Court Advantage
With a sweep of Brown and Yale, Harvard improved to 8-1 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 21-10 record at home over the past three years while the men's team has gone 25-7.
Set The Standard
The Crimson owns a 7-3 record against the Ivy League this season, and with one more victory can secure the program's best record in conference since the 2004 squad won the Ivy League title with a 10-4 mark. Harvard also went 10-4 against the Ancient Eight in 2002, marking the only two times that the Crimson has posted double-digit conference win totals.
Freshman Corinne Bain has recorded four triple-doubles on the year, which also stand as the only three triple-doubles in program history. Most recently she posted 10 kills, 39 assists and 14 digs against Princeton as the Crimson ended the Tigers' 23-match Ivy League win streak.
Bain leads all freshmen in the NCAA with her four triple-doubles while her 11 double-doubles are tied for third most in the nation.
Serving Up Aces
Freshman Corinne Bain has recorded 43 aces on the year, eclipsing Lolita Lopez's '98 previous school record of 41. Bain currently ranks sixth in the NCAA with 0.56 aces per set while the Crimson ranks 37th (1.52) as a team.
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.
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 previous 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).
Caroline Walters ranks fifth in the Ivy League with a .314 hitting percentage while Caroline Holte is ninth with a .297 mark. As a team, the Crimson ranks second in the conference with a .217 percentage and has hit over .300 in a match four 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 seven 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.
Holte ranks fourth in the conference with 0.99 bps while Caroline Walters is eighth with 0.95 bps. Harvard has combined for 2.09 bps as a team, the third-best average among the Ivies, while the Crimson's .183 opponent hitting percentage ranks second in the league.
Harvard has received a total of six weekly awards from the Ivy League this season including four for Corinne Bain. The freshman earned Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 9 following the opening weekend of the season, and on Oct. 22 she was named both Player and Rookie of the Week after posting back-to-back triple-doubles at Penn and Princeton. Bain was named Rookie of the Week again on Nov. 5 after helping the Crimson to a sweep of Brown and Yale.
Kathleen Wallace was named Player of the Week Nov. 5 for her role in Harvard's victories over Brown and Yale, while Grace Weghorst earned Rookie of the Week honors Sept. 24 after helping Harvard to a 2-1 week.
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.
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 Princeton (8-12, 4-6 Ivy League)
Princeton earned a sweep of Columbia and Cornell last weekend to move into fifth place of the Ivy League standings with an overall record of 8-12, 4-6 in conference. The Tigers rank in the top half of the league in kills (12.66) and hitting percentage (.215), but is near the bottom in both digs (14.75), blocks (1.51) and opponent hitting percentage (.240).
Kendall Peterkin leads the conference with 3.51 kps while Cara Mattaliano is third with 3.32 kps. Nicole Kincade ranks fourth with a .319 hitting percentage with Lauren Miller's 8.82 aps good for third in the Ancient Eight. The defense has been paced by Sarah Daschbach's 3.66 dps as Kincade has led the charge at the net with 0.97 bps.
Harvard defeated Princeton in straight sets the first time the teams met this season, marking the Crimson's first win in New Jersey since 2002. Corinne Bain recorded a triple-double with 10 kills, 22 assists and 10 digs, and was complimented by classmate Grace Weghorst who turned in eight kills and three aces.
Scouting Penn (12-9, 6-4 Ivy League)
Penn is in third place of the conference standings with a 12-9 overall mark, 6-4 against the Ivies, and trails Harvard by just one match. The Quakers have come on hot as of late, winning four straight matches against league opponents and five of their last six. Penn ranks second in the conference with 12.74 kps, but is eighth with a .181 hitting percentage. The Quaker's defense is fourth in digs (14.91) and seventh in blocks (1.70)
Kristen Etterbeek is tops on the team with 2.65 kps while Kendall Turner's .343 hitting percentage also ranking first on the team. Dani Shepard leads the Ivy League in digs at 5.53 per set as Arielle Winfield stands ninth in the conference with 0.82 bps.
Harvard registered a 3-1 victory at Penn in the first meeting between the teams. Corinne Bain totaled 10 kills, 22 assists and 10 digs for a triple-double as Caroline Walters and Kathleen Wallace added nine kills apiece while hitting .350 and .333, respectively.
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.