Rookie of the Year Bain Leads Quartet of All-Ivy Selections for Women's Volleyball
Bain, Wallace, Walters and Weghorst have been recognized with all-conference accolades (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team has been rewarded for its most successful season in recent history with four selections to the All-Ivy League teams, conference officials announced Thursday.
Freshman Corinne Bain highlights the selections as she was unanimously chosen as Rookie of the Year and was a unanimous pick to the first team. She was joined on the squad by classmate Grace Weghorst and sophomore Kathleen Wallace, while junior Caroline Walters was tabbed to the second team.
"I could not be more proud of the way the team played this season," commented head coach Jennifer Weiss. "From the beginning they were determined to work hard, and they created an energy and identity for themselves when league play started."
Bain is just the third student-athlete in Ivy League history to be a unanimous pick for Rookie of the Year and is the sixth Crimson to have the honor bestowed upon her. A 5-11 setter who also doubles as a hitter in Harvard's 6-2 offense, Bain led all freshman in the NCAA with six triple-doubles, while ranking third among newcomers with 14 double-doubles. The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native averaged 2.02 kps, 6.14 aps and 2.57 dps this season, and ranked sixth nationally in aces per set (0.54) en route to a program-record 50 aces. Bain was named the Ivy League's Rookie of the Week five times this year and was also named Player of the Week once.
"Corie has a calm, confident court presence and worked hard on keeping that consistent throughout the season," stated Weiss. "Her statistics speak to her overall game. She has been a 5-1 setter over the years and embraced the new roll of setting and hitting for the sake of the team. Not only is she a dynamic athlete and volleyball player, but more importantly a model student-athlete."
Wallace earned her first All-Ivy League selection after leading the Crimson with 2.58 kps and hitting .249. The outside hitter from San Francisco, Calif., averaged 2.80 kps during conference play, and turned in 13 double-digit kill efforts in 2013. She set a new career-high with 22 kills and a .362 hitting percentage when the Crimson took down conference champion Yale in five set at home, and hit an impressive .778 with 15 kills to lead Harvard to a victory at Boston College. Wallace was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week following her career day against the Bulldogs, and was also honored with selections to the Harvard Invitational and Aztec Invitational All-Tournament Teams.
Weghorst was named to the first team after ranking second on the Crimson in kills (2.28), second in aces (0.34) and fourth in blocks (1.88 dps). The six-rotation player had her court time limited early in the year due to an injury, but she rebounded during conference play to average 2.74 kps and 2.15 dps. Weghorst contributed nine double-digit kill and seven double-digit dig performances on the year, with all three of her double-doubles coming during the Ancient Eight schedule. The freshman from Austin, Texas, scored a career-best 21 kills and hit .395 in the team's defeat of Yale, and was named the conference's Rookie of the Week once.
"Grace and Kathleen are not only explosive jumpers that are fun to watch, they also got the job done on the pins," said Weiss. "They too demonstrate a strong work ethic in the gym every day. They are both humble, hard-working, and dedicated to the success of the team, and I am proud to have them be a part of our program."
Walters, who was also named to the All-Ivy League second team a year ago, turned in a team-high .301 hitting percentage while setting a career-best with 1.91 kps and ranking fourth in the conference with 1.02 bps. The middle hitter from San Mateo, Calif., recorded at least four blocks in 14 of Harvard's 23 matches this season, including a career-high nine at Northeastern, eight against New Hampshire, and seven versus Holy Cross. Walters also picked up five double-digit kill performances, with her career-high of 16 paired with a .652 hitting percentage coming in the team's triumph against Yale.
"Caroline has been a steady, consistent leader for us in the middle" Weiss commented. "She leads by example at practice every day, and has been recognized twice in the league for those traits. I look forward to her senior season."
Harvard concluded its season with a 14-9 overall record and 9-5 against the Ivy League, good for second place in the conference standings. The Crimson's 14 total wins and nine conference victories marked the most for the program since 2004, while its 9-2 record at home was a program best.