Casey returns as co-captain for a second straight season alongside Walters (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Rising seniors Kristen Casey and Caroline Walters have been voted as co-captains by their teammates for the 2014 season. This will be Casey's second season acting as co-captain for the team.
Casey, who played outside hitter as a freshman but made the transition to libero as a sophomore, has played in 72 matches overall. She averaged 3.29 dps with 303 digs in 2013, good for seventh in the Ivy League. Casey ranked eighth in the Ivy League in digs (3.80) in 2012 after ranking second amongst the Crimson with 2.71 kps as a freshman. The La Jolla, Calif., native set a career-high with 25 digs at Dartmouth Oct. 25, recording at least 10 digs in 15 of the matches the Crimson played last season.
"It speaks volumes about her commitment to the team, hard work, and her ability to lead on the court," women's volleyball head coach Jennifer Weiss said about Casey having co-captained the team last year. "She leads by example and has a strong knowledge of the game."
Walters has earned All-Ivy League second team honors for two straight years. She ranked fifth in the conference in hitting percentage (.301) in 2013 and led the Ancient Eight in hitting percentage in 2012 (.371). The middle hitter from San Mateo, Calif., was named to the Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team after averaging 1.78 kps and 1.33 bps last season. In 14 of the 23 matches the Crimson played, Walters made at least four blocks, recording a career-high of nine blocks against Northeastern Sept. 21.
"I can honestly say there has not been a day of practice that I felt that I could not rely on Caroline. She is always engaged and willing to work," stated Weiss about Walters.
The Crimson will return 12 of its players from last season's team that went 14-9 overall and 9-5 in the conference. Harvard finished the year in second place in the Ivy League, the team's best showing since 2004.