Five Freshmen Set to Join Women’s Volleyball in 2013

Five Freshmen Set to Join Women’s Volleyball in 2013

Harvard adds five freshmen to a roster that returns nine letterwinners from this past season (OAC).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard women's volleyball head coach Jennifer Weiss has announced her five-member freshmen class that will join the team for the 2013 season; 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, and will join a Harvard squad that compiled a 10-15 overall record and a 7-7 mark in Ivy League play.

Class of 2017

Corinne Bain, 5-11, Setter, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Two-time captain, four-year letterwinner ... Led Mira Costa to three consecutive Bay League championships  ... Named Bay League Most Outstanding Player in 2012 ... Named Bay League MVP as a sophomore ... In 2011, earned Prep Volleyball All-America Honorable Mention ... Named Daily Breeze Player of the Year in 2011 ... All-CIF first time selection as a junior ... Named to the all-tournament teams at the Santa Barbara tournament, Santa Barbara Challenge and San Diego tournament ... Won a gold medal in the 2008 Junior Olympics Open Division ... Captained the Surf City Volleyball Club and Long Beach Rockstar Volleyball Club ... Four-time Honor Roll and Scholar Athlete ... Three-time California Scholarship Federation selection.

Head coach Jennifer Weiss on Bain
"Corie is a passionate volleyball player and knows how to run the court. She has a consistent delivery as a setter and knows which hitter should get the ball to score the point. She has a keen sense of the game and will run the offense efficiently. She has a strong jump serve and attack and is a versatile player and continues to work on her overall game. She will motivate her teammates around her and will bring a competitive attitude to the court."

Whitney Hansen, 5-9, Libero, Tiburon, Calif.
Selected as captain her senior year and earned three varsity letters in volleyball ... Led Branson to three consecutive NCS, Norcal and state championships ... Helped Branson to back-to-back MCAL championships as a senior and junior ... Aided Branson to consecutive undefeated seasons in 2012 and 2011 ... Named California state dig leader as a senior ... First team MCAL selection in 2012 ... In 2012, named to the California state championship all-tournament team by Prep Volleyball ... Named Branson MVP in 2009 ... Holds Branson's record for single season and career digs ... With the Golden Bear Volleyball Club, qualified for junior nationals in 2012 and 2011 ... Coached CYO St. Hilary Volleyball for two seasons ... Four-year member of acapella ... Interned at a wild dog research and conservation camp in Botswana for two summers ... Her father, John '81, played water polo at Harvard ... Her grandfather, John '50, played baseball at Harvard.

Head coach Jennifer Weiss on Hansen
"Whitney plays the libero position on a top club team in California and has many years of experience at a high level and will bring energy and enthusiasm to our team. She has played both outside hitter and libero, this versatility helps her overall game and will be a key component to her success on court. She is a consistent passer and defender and lead her high school team in digs in the state championships."

Jane Labanowski, 6-4, Middle, Houston, Texas
Selected as captain her senior year and earned four varsity letters in volleyball ... Led St. John's to the SPC championship as a freshman ... Named team MVP as a senior ... Named Most Improved as a freshman ... Two-time All-SPC selection ... All-South Zone SPC selection as a sophomore ... Three-year letterwinner in basketball ... Recipient of the Sportsmanship Award as a senior ... Two-time Most Improved player ... Also lettered in lacrosse ... Helped St. John's to a SPC championship and state championship in 2011 ... AP Scholar with Honor ... National Merit Scholar ... Recipient of the History Medal and Scholastic Writing Award ... Two-time recipient of the Presidential Community Service Award ... In 2012, served as yearbook editor ... Tour Guide Chair ... President of the Spanish Club ... PCA Implant Scholarship Finalist ... National Charity League Vice President ... Member of the debate team ... Her father, Larry, played basketball at UConn ... Her mother, Kelly, played basketball at Drake University.

Head coach Jennifer Weiss on Labanowski
"Jane comes to Harvard with fine high school and club experience. She continues to gain strength and quickness at the net. She moves very well laterally and is a true 6'4. She is always hustling on court and has an enthusiastic spirit. She will bring a solid work ethic to our team and determination to do well. She is an impact blocker and has a strong ability to read the opponents offensive systems."

Danielle Leavitt, 5-7, Libero, Longwood, Fla.
Selected as defensive captain her senior year and earned four varsity letters in volleyball ... Helped Lake Highland to back-to-back 4A district championships ... Aided Lake Highland to a No. 4 ranking in Florida by Max Preps Volleyball in 2012 ... Led Lake Highland to the Tampa Prep Tournament championship as a senior ... In 2012, named Tampa Prep Tournament MVP ... Named All Central Florida Top Defensive Player as a senior ... Four-time Lake Highland defensive MVP ... Two-time All-State selection ... Named to the Under Armour All-American Watch List in 2012 ... Two-time Bright House Sports Network Preseason All-Area Team ... Named Bright House Sports Network Impact Player in 2011 ... First team Academic All-America selection ... Competes for Orlando Volleyball Academy ... Helped OVA to three AAU National Championship in 14-, 15- and 17-open ... Competed in seven consecutive USAV National Championships ... Led OVA to back-to-back national qualifiers at Disney and Atlanta in 2013... Three-time Defensive Dandy winner ... Senior Aces Honorable Mention in 2012 ... In 2009, Dream Team libero MEQ qualifier ... Also a six-year letterwinner in tennis ... Served as captain as a senior ... Led Lake Highland to four 2A district and regional championships ... Won four singles and doubles 2A championships ... Placed fourth in the 2A state tournament as a senior ... Won district and regional titles six straight years ... Compiled an undefeated record as a junior and senior ... Three-year Booster Award recipient ... Named to the Florida High School Student Athletic Association All-State Academic Team as a senior ... Coaches Award recipient in 2012... USTA Diversity Achievement Award winner ... Valedictorian ... National Merit Finalist ... AP Scholar with Honor ... Recipient of President's Council Award for Community Service ... Member of Cum Laude Society, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, Captain's Council, Mu Alpha Theta and Pre-Medical Club ... Volunteered at Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and E-Buddies International ... Co-Founder of G.U.T.S.

Head coach Jennifer Weiss on Leavitt
"Danielle has played the libero position on one of the top club teams in the country and her teammates are headed to top Division I volleyball programs in the country. She has a consistent platform for passing and moves well in the back court. She is an aggressive defender and a player maker in the back court. She has the ability to read the attackers arm swing and lead our defensive system. I am excited to have Dee join our Harvard volleyball family."

Grace Weghorst, 5-8, Outside Hitter, Austin, Texas
Selected as captain her senior year and earned three varsity letters in volleyball ... Led Westlake to two undefeated district championships as a senior and freshman ... Helped Westlake to three Texas Region 5A finals ... Led Westlake to a national ranking as a sophomore ... Named Westlake and District 15-5A MVP in 2012 ... TGCA All-State 5A first team selection as a senior ... In 2012, named to the TGCA 4A-5A All-Star ... Named to the Austin American Statemans Watch List of 10 Central Texas Volleyball Players on August 16, 2012 ... USAV Nationals 16 American Silver Medalist in 2011 ... Named to the USAV Nationals 16 American All-Tournament team ... Named 2010 USAV Nationals 15 Open "All-Star" by ... Also a three-year letterwinner in track ... Captained the track team as a senior ...  Led Westlake to a district championship as a junior and sophomore ... Three-time Texas District 15-5A Varsity Gold Medalist ... Two-time Texas District 15-5A Varsity Silver Medalist ... Ran the 100 meter dash in 12.11 for the second fastest time in school history ... Three-time district champion in the 200 meter dash ... Two-time district champion in 100 meter relay ... District champion in 100 meter ... Two-time runner-up in 100 meter at districts ...  Invited to participate  at the 2011, 2012 Texas Relays ... National Merit Scholar Honorary Mention 2012 ... Academic All-State selection in 2012 ... Five-time Academic All-District selection... Member of Mu Alpha Theta ... Volunteered at Sweet Charity Girls, Fellowship of Christina Athletes, Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church, Feed My People and Young Life Campaigners.

Head coach Jennifer Weiss on Weghorst
"Grace is a natural athlete with an impressive vertical jump. She gets off the floor quickly and can move the ball around on her attack. She is a fast, agile player with a fabulous jump serve. She is left handed and is capable of hitting on the left or right side of the court. We have been watching Grace throughout her high school years and she has continued to work on her game. I am excited to have her join our family and look forward to her career at Harvard."