CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will close out its 2013 campaign this weekend when it travels to the Empire State to take on Columbia and Cornell. The Crimson will first take to the court Friday, Nov. 15 against the Lions at 7 p.m. before facing the Big Red Saturday, Nov. 16 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 suffered a setback Saturday evening as Penn defeated the Crimson in five at the Malkin Athletic Center, 17-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-13 and 18-16.
Corinne Bain paced Harvard (13-8, 8-4 Ivy League) with her fifth triple-double of the year, scoring 14 kills, 25 assists and 13 digs. The freshman finished the night with a .303 hitting percentage and matched her career-high with four blocks. Kathleen Wallace and Grace Weghorst each chipped in 13 kills, with Weghorst adding 11 digs for her third double-double.
The Crimson's defense played well against Penn's (14-9, 8-4 Ivy League) offense, combining for 14 blocks to hold the Quakers to a .170 hitting percentage. Caroline Holte registered seven blocks to lead the way with Caroline Walters contributing six. Kristen Casey recorded a team-high 19 digs.
Where We Stand
Harvard enters the final weekend of play tied with Penn for second place in the Ivy League standings with a 13-8 overall record and 8-4 conference mark. Yale is atop the standings with an 11-1 conference record and is 17-4 overall. Brown (11-12, 7-5 Ivy League) rounds out the top four.
Home Court Advantage
Harvard boasted a 9-2 record in the friendly confines of the Malkin Athletic Center this year. 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 22-11 record at home over the past three years while the men's team has gone 25-7.
Set The Standard
The Crimson owns an 8-4 record against the Ivy League this season, and with a pair of victories this weekend, can match the 2002 and 2004 squads for the best conference record in program history. Both the '02 and '04 teams posted a 10-4 mark in the Ancient Eight, with the group from 2002 finishing the year in second place while the 2004 team captured the program's first Ivy League championship.
Freshman Corinne Bain has recorded five triple-doubles on the year, which also stand as the only triple-doubles in program history. Bain ranks second among freshmen in the NCAA with her five triple-doubles while her 13 double-doubles are good for fourth most in the nation.
Serving Up Aces
Freshman Corinne Bain has recorded 46 aces on the year, eclipsing Lolita Lopez's '98 previous school record of 41. Bain currently ranks sixth in the NCAA with 0.54 aces per set while the Crimson ranks 38th (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, 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. As a team, the Crimson ranks second in the conference with a .218 mark and has hit over .300 in a match five 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 1.01 bps while Caroline Walters is right behind her in fifth with 0.98 bps. Harvard has combined for 2.15 bps as a team, the second-best average among the Ivies, while the Crimson's .181 opponent hitting percentage ranks second in the league.
Harvard has received a total of seven weekly awards from the Ivy League this season including five for Corinne Bain. The freshman has been named Rookie of the Week four times this season, including each of the last two weeks, and has also picked up one Player of the Week nod.
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 Columbia (5-16, 3-9 Ivy League)
Columbia has lost six straight matches and seven of its last eight to fall to 5-16 overall, 3-9 in the Ivy League. The Lions rank in the bottom half of the conference in both kills (12.39) and hitting percentage (.197), but are second in the Ancient Eight in digs (15.94) and third in blocks (2.13).
Bailey Springer leads the Ivy League with 3.55 kps while Lanti Moye-McLaren ranks fifth with 3.10 kps. Molly Winger paces the defense with 3.39 dps to go with 0.95 bps from Kesi Neblett.
Harvard cruised to a 3-0 victory over Columbia the first time the teams met this season. Caroline Walters led the charge with 11 kills and a .500 hitting percentage while Kathleen Wallace added 10 kills. The Crimson limited the Lions to a .131 hitting percentage in the victory while scoring seven service aces.
Scouting Cornell (7-15, 3-9 Ivy League)
Cornell has dropped four straight and six of its last seven to fall to 7-15 overall, 3-9 against the Ivy League. Despite ranking first in the Ancient Eight in blocking (2.20), the Big Red is in the bottom half of the lead in kills (12.04), hitting percentage (.200) and digs (14.24).
Cornell is led by Breanna Wong who has averaged 3.24 kps while hitting .231. Rachel D'Epagnier ranks first in the Ivy League with 1.10 bps with Natasha Roland's 4.99 dps good for second.
Harvard earned a 3-1 victory over the Big Red in the first meeting between the teams. Grace Weghorst tallied her first career double-double to lead the way with 14 kills and 11 digs, as classmate Corinne Bain also registered a double-double with 26 assists and 12 digs.
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.