The Crimson is 3-1 at home this season and is 25-12 over the last three-plus years (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will return home to the Malkin Athletic Center this weekend to host Yale and Brown in the first full weekend of Ivy League play. The Crimson and four-time defending Ivy champ Bulldogs will meet first on Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. before the Bears visit Cambridge on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m.
Fans can watch all of this weekend's action live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Ivy League Digital Network
After an incredibly successful inaugural year that saw over 1,000 events streamed live, The Ivy League Digital Network has returned for 2014-15, providing fans with unprecedented coverage of the Ivy League.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
Use the all new Social Stream on GoCrimson.com to stay connected with the Crimson on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram this year. The Social Stream brings the conversation from all three platforms into one convenient location, allowing fans of all Harvard Athletics teams to monitor the action in real time.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team saw its five-match win streak come to an end last Saturday with a 3-1 loss at Dartmouth to open Ivy League play. The defeat came by set scores of 27-25, 25-19, 24-26 and 25-21.
Harvard was paced offensively by Caroline Holte, Caroline Walters and Corinne Bain. Holte registered 11 kills with a .455 hitting percentage and added five blocks defensively, while Walters contributed 10 kills, hit at a .304 clip, and notching three solo blocks. Bain, meanwhile, narrowly missed a triple-double with nine kills, 21 assists and 11 digs.
Where We Stand
Harvard is currently tied for fifth place in the Ivy League standings after last weekend's conference opening loss at Dartmouth. The Big Green, Columbia, Princeton and Yale all won their first matchups to claim a share of first, with Brown, Cornell and Penn finding themselves tied with Harvard following their respective losses.
At 7-3, Harvard has tied the best record in program history through 10 matches, which has been accomplished four times previously. Only once has Harvard gone 8-3 through 11 matches, as the 1987 squad went 10-3 before suffering its fourth loss.
Just Keep Winning
Harvard won five consecutive matches between Sept. 13 and Sept. 24, tying the program's longest win streak since taking six in a row in 2008. In 1997, the Crimson reeled off 13 consecutive victories en route to a 25-9 overall record and a perfect 7-0 Ivy League mark.
The Crimson has displayed a flare for the dramatic this season en route to its 7-3 record. Harvard has trailed after the 15-point mark in 13 of the 23 sets it has won, including a 21-14 deficit against Northeastern which resulted in a 25-23 victory.
Senior Caroline Walters was recognized as both the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and the Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 23. The San Mateo, Calif., native led the Crimson to a pair of wins the previous weekend, averaging 3.11 kps and 1.11 bps while hitting .422 against Northeastern and Boston College.
Walters' selection as the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week marked the first time a member of the Ivy League had garnered the award on the women's side. Senior DJ White of the Harvard men's volleyball team earned the honor in 2013, becoming the first Ivy Leaguer overall to be named national player of the week. Walters' Ivy League Player of the Week honor, meanwhile, was the first of her career.
Sophomore Corinne Bain possesses a unique skillset which allows to her impact the game in every facet. The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native currently ranks among the Ivy League's leaders in kills (13th, 2.49), assists (5th, 6.62), digs (21st, 2.41), blocks (18th, 0.62) and hitting percentage (8th, .267).
Sophomore Corinne Bain was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 16 after helping the Crimson to a 2-1 record at the Benson Hospitality Invitational. Bain led Harvard in kills (2.64), assists (6.82) and aces (0.82) while ranking second in digs (2.36), and third in hitting percentage (.333) and blocks (0.55).
This marked the first Ivy League Player of the Week award for Bain this season after collecting one player of the week and five rookie of the week honors last year.
Behind the Crimson
GoCrimson.com spent a day with the women's volleyball team, beginning at 8 a.m. with the team's lift and concluding at 7:00 p.m. with a team meal. Go behind-the-scenes to see what a typical day is like for the Crimson.
Can You Dig It?
Junior Sindhu Vegesena earned the starting role for the Crimson at libero and did not disappoint in the team's first weekend of action, averaging 5.91 dps in three matches at the Harvard Invitational and being named to the all-tournament team. Vegesena registered 22 digs in Harvard's first match of the year, a thrilling 3-2 victory over Santa Clara, before setting a new career-high with 34 digs in a 3-0 win over Central Connecticut State.
Vegesena's 34 digs against CCSU were the most by a member of the Crimson in a three-set match since 2008, the last year for which match-by-match statistics are available, and rank as the fourth most overall for the program in that time.
Sophomore Corinne Bain has recorded eight career triple-doubles, including a 13-kill, 26-assist and 18-dig performance most recently at New Hampshire. Bain, the 2013 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, posted six triple-doubles a year ago, the second highest total by a freshman in the nation.
Honors and Awards
Climbing The Charts
Several members of the Crimson are etching their names in the Harvard record book. For complete information, click here.
Home Court Advantage
Harvard boasted a 9-2 record in the friendly confines of the Malkin Athletic Center a year ago, marking the best home record in program history. The Crimson women, led by the senior class of Kristen Casey and Caroline Walters, has posted a 25-12 record at home over the past three years while the men's team has gone 25-7.
Continuing the Momentum
Harvard finished the 2013 season with a 14-9 overall record and 9-5 in Ivy League play, good for second place in 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.
On The Sidelines
Harvard women's volleyball head coach Jennifer Weiss returns for her 22nd season at the helm of the Crimson. Weiss' has led Harvard to 272 wins during her tenure, and guided the Crimson to its only Ivy League championship in 2004. She has mentored 52 All-Ivy honorees, six 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 on the sidelines by second-year assistants Arturo Rivera and Jeffrey Aucoin.