The Crimson will welcome five newcomers to a roster which includes 12 returners from last year's squad (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off one of the strongest seasons in recent history, Harvard women's volleyball head coach Jennifer Weiss has announced the addition of five incoming freshman for 2014; Michaela Dews, Ellery Jones, Paige Kebe, Caroline Labanowski and Heather Sigurdson.
This group, which has combined for three state titles and six league championships, will be joining a Crimson squad which returns 12 letterwinners from last year's team. Harvard finished second in the Ivy League in 2013, posting a 14-9 overall record with a 9-5 mark against the Ancient Eight. 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.
Class of 2018
Michaela Dews | Outside Hitter | 5-10 | San Diego, Calif. | Francis Parker School
Earned four varsity letters at Francis Parker School and captained the team her senior year … Also played for the Coast Volleyball Club for six seasons … Helped Francis Parker School to back-to-back California Division IV State championships and Coastal League championships in 2012 and 2013 … Francis Parker School also won the southern California Invitational Tournament in 2012 and 2013, and placed first in the Dvae Mohs Tournament in 2011 … Playing for Coast Volleyball club, won a bronze medal at the 2013 Junior National Championships as a members of the 17 Open team, took gold at the 2012 Junior National Championships as a members of the 16 Open team, and earned bronze again in 2010 on the 14 American team … Was named MaxPreps Div. IV Player of the Year, PrepVolleyball.com High School All-America Highest Honorable Mention, first team All-State, All-Division and All-League as a senior … Also named MVP of the Coastal League and team MVP as a senior … Earned second team All-State recognition as a junior as well as first team All-Section, All-Division and All-League honors … Named MVP of the 2012 Southern California Invitational … Selected to the Coastal League All-Academic Team as a senior and awarded the Eric Subin Memorial Scholarship as the Outstanding Scholar-Athlete in the junior class … Also tabbed a San Diego Union Tribune Academic Athlete in 2013 and 2014.
Coach Weiss on Dews
"Michaela is a consistent and reliable volleyball player with a dynamic jump serve and arm swing. She has been part of a premier club program in California and is currently playing on the top team. Michaela is a six-rotation outside attacker and has the ability to attack angles and see the court well. I am excited to have her in the gym and I know that her enthusiasm, abilities, and work ethic will impact our program."
Ellery Jones | Middle Blocker | 5-10 | Greenwood Village, Colo. | Kent Denver School
Three-year letterwinner, two-year starter at Kent Denver School … Also played two years for Front Range Volleyball Club and one year for Momentum Volleyball Club … Captained Kent Denver School as a senior and was named team MVP as a junior and senior … Was also named an alternate for the 2014 All-State team, as well as first team all-league as a senior and second team all-league as a junior … Graduated Cum Laude … Was a finalist for a National Merit Scholarship and was named a National Achievement Scholar.
Coach Weiss on Jones
"Ellery gets off the floor quickly and with her jump and speed she attacks the ball fast and straight down. She has the ability to set a block on the right side with a reach of over ten feet, and her front-court play will make our practices more competitive. Ellery has great potential and is willing to put in the work to continue to grow in her overall game."
Paige Kebe | Outside Hitter | 6-1 | Loveland, Ohio | Ursuline Academy
Three-year starter and letterwinner at Ursuline Academy, captained the team her senior year … Also played for Elevation Volleyball Club in 2014 and Mizuno Cincy Classics Volleyball Club from 2010-2013 … Helped Ursuline Academy to the 2012 Ohio High School Div. I State championship and named tournament MVP … Ursuline Academy also won sectional and divisional championships in 2011 and 2013, and was the regional runner-up … Named second team All-State and first team All-Conference, All-Division and All-City as a senior … Selected as an All-Conference and All-City honorable mention as a junior … Also named a Prep Volleyball High School Academic All-American, was an Ohio District Volleyball Coaches Senior Scholar Academic Award winner and a National Merit Finalist as a senior … Coached Catholic Youth Organization volleyball team throughout high school and was an active member of Ursuline Academy United, Hands Across Campus (President, 2013-14) and Peers as Leaders … Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society … Recipient of the 2013 Rensselear Polytechnic Institute Award for Outstanding Achievement in Math & Science.
Coach Weiss on Kebe
"Paige has an explosive approach jump and a fast arm swing. Her natural athleticism has allowed her to play both as an outside hitter and middle attacker. Paige sees the court well and can hit the line, sharp angle or challenge the block. Her aggressive play at the net will open up our offense. She has been a six-rotation outside attacker and has ball control in the back court."
Caroline Labanowski | Middle Blocker | 6-4 | Houston, Texas | St. John's School
Four-year letterwinner in both volleyball and basketball at St. John's School, and captained volleyball team as a senior … Also played for the Houston Skyline Junior Volleyball Club from 2012-14 and Houston Junior Volleyball Club from 2007-12 … Helped Houston Junior Volleyball Club win the 2012 Lone star Qualifier and 2012 Tour of Texas, as well as place 10th at the 2012 Junior National Championships and 16th at the 2013 Junior National Championships … Named team MVP as a senior and earned All-Conference honors as a junior and senior … Participated on the 2011 USA High Performance Select A2 and 2010 USA High Performance Select A1 Training Teams … Earned Prep Volleyball Academic All-American honors as a senior and was also a National Merit Finalist and AP Scholar … Served as President of the National Charity League in 2011-12 and served as Vice-President in 2010-11 … Was also an active member of the debate team, yearbook staff (editor, 2013-14), Tour Guild and Chapel Guild … Interned at Seismic Exchange Incorporated and volunteered at the River School of Performing Arts and Sheltering Arms … Older sister, Jane, is also a member of the women's volleyball team.
Coach Weiss on Labanowski
"Caroline is a true middle blocker with the versatility to run an efficient attack from the middle. Like her sister, Jane, she is a true 6-4, however, what makes these two sisters true student- athletes is their work ethic, positive attitudes and selfless play. Caroline has been playing at the highest level in club and using her blocking skills against some of the best attackers in the country."
Heather Sigurdson | Outside Hitter | 5-10 | Toronto, Ont. | Havergal College
Earned two varsity letters in volleyball and field hockey at Havergal College … Also played for Leaside Volleyball Club for four years … Served as captain of Havergal College as a junior and senior, and was a three-time captain for Leaside Volleyball Club … Helped Havergal College to conference titles and provincial championship appearances in 2013 and 2014 … Won silver medals at the Canadian Nationals and Ontario Provincial championships with Leaside Volleyball Club in 2013 … Named the Havergal Junior Athlete of the Year and MVP of the volleyball team in 2013 … Also named MVP of the 2011 Toronto U16 Volleyball Tournament … Recipient of the 2014 Havergal Mingay Volleyball Award and 2013 Havergal College Award of Distinction.
Coach Weiss on Sigurdson
"Heather is quick, agile and moves well in the backcourt. She has a quick reaction defensively and a solid platform for control when passing. Heather is an incredible athlete playing both beach volleyball and the indoor game. Her natural athleticism is evident when watching her play as a six-rotation outside attacker. With her court awareness, hustle and ability to pursue the ball, Heather will challenge and add to our defensive systems."