Harvard looks to complete sweeps of Princeton, Penn (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women’s volleyball team will make its final road trip of the regular season as it travels to Princeton and Penn for a pivotal Ivy League weekend. The first-place Crimson will first square off at Princeton Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. before taking to the court at Penn Saturday, Nov. 8 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.
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Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team defeated Yale Saturday afternoon, 3-0, to complete the season sweep and pull even with the Bulldogs for first place in the Ivy League standings. The straight-set victory came by scores of 26-24, 25-22 and 25-15.
Corinne Bain recorded her second straight triple-double to lead Harvard to the victory, her eighth of the season. The sophomore totaled 10 kills, 25 assists and 15 digs on the afternoon, while also hitting .400. She was complimented by Kathleen Wallace's 12-kill, four-block performance as Caroline Holte and Caroline Walters added eight kills apiece. Holte committed zero errors on 11 attempts for a .727 percentage, while Walters matched Wallace's four blocks.
Sindhu Vegesena registered 19 digs on the defensive side of the net as Yale was limited to a .104 hitting percentage.
Where We Stand
Harvard enters the weekend tied with Yale atop the Ivy League standings with an 8-2 conference mark. Princeton is still in the title race and trails the Crimson and Bulldogs by just one game at 7-3, while Dartmouth, Brown and Penn find themselves tied for fourth at 4-6. Columbia (3-7) ranks seventh in the conference with Cornell (2-8) coming in eighth.
Raising The Bar
With a 15-4 record entering the weekend, Harvard has already turned in its highest win total since 2004 while setting a new program mark for the best record through 19 matches. This stands as the 10th time in program history that the Crimson has reached 15 wins and is the sixth time it has done so under head coach Jennifer Weiss.
With an 8-2 record against the Ivy League, meanwhile, Harvard is just two wins shy of the program’s best Ivy record of 10-4 set in 2004.
Cream of the Crop
Penn, Princeton and Yale have combined to win each of the last seven Ivy League titles and own a total of 31 conference championships. Harvard is 4-0 this season against the three perennial title contenders, and with a pair of victories this weekend would complete the season sweep of all three for the first time in program history.
At 15-4, Harvard has set a new program record for most wins through 19 matches, besting the 1997 squad which began its season 12-7. That year’s team went on to lose just one more match the rest of the way, finishing with a program best 25-9 mark.
Just Keep Winning
Harvard has won each of its last seven matches, marking the program’s longest win streak since taking 13 in a row in 1997.
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 (12th, 2.64), assists (5th, 6.63), digs (14th, 3.01), blocks (19th, 0.58), hitting percentage (10th, .279) and service aces (1st, 0.49).
Sophomore Corinne Bain has recorded eight triple-doubles this season, the most in the NCAA according to the most recent data made available by the AVCA. Bain became the first member of the Crimson to ever record a triple-double last season when she finished with six, ranking as the second highest total by a freshman in the nation.
Sophomore Corinne Bain earned her third Ivy League Player of the Week honor of the season on Nov. 4 after helping the Crimson to wins at Brown and Yale. Bain’s three awards are the second most in the conference this season, behind only Princeton’s Kendall Peterkin who boasts five.
Along with her three player of the week honors, Bain has also been named to the Ivy League Honor Roll six times, receiving recognition from the conference each week of the season. As a freshman, the Manhattan Beach, Calif., native was named player of the week once and rookie of the week five times.
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.
Rookie on the Rise
Freshman Paige Kebe was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Oct. 14 after averaging 3.75 kps, 1.50 dps and hitting .281 in wins at Cornell and Columbia. Kebe’s weekend included a career-best 22-kill performance at Columbia, with six of her kills coming in the fifth and deciding set.
Kebe’s 22 kills against the Lions represent the third most by a member of the Crimson since 2008.
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 most in a three-set match in the NCAA this season.
The Crimson has displayed a flare for the dramatic this season en route to its 15-4 record. Harvard has trailed after the midway point in 22 of the 45 sets it has won, including a 21-14 deficit against Northeastern which resulted in a 25-23 victory.
Additionally, the Crimson has gone a full five sets on five occasions, and has come out victorious in each.
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 has posted a 7-2 record at the Malkin Athletic Center this year after boasting a 9-2 mark a year ago, the best home record in program history. The Crimson women, led by the senior class of Kristen Casey and Caroline Walters, has gone 29-13 at home over the past three years while the men's team has gone 25-7.
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.
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 278 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.