Six Crimson were honored after earning a share of the Ivy League title (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's volleyball head coach Jennifer Weiss has been named the Ivy League Coach of the Year, headlining a group of six Crimson honored by the league on Thursday. In addition to Weiss' award, Corinne Bain and Caroline Walters were both named to the All-Ivy League first team, with Caroline Holte earning second team honors. Sindhu Vegesena and Grace Weghorst were tabbed honorable mention.
Weiss has led the Crimson to a share of the Ancient Eight title and on Friday the team will host Yale in a one-match playoff to determine the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. First serve on Friday is scheduled for 7 p.m. and it can be seen live for free via the Ivy League Digital Network.
For Harvard this marks the program's second Ivy League championship under Weiss, with the first coming in 2004. The Crimson has posted a 19-4 overall record, marking the fourth-highest win total in school history, while its 12-2 Ivy record is a new program best. In addition, Harvard has won 11 straight matches entering Friday's contest, the second longest win streak in program history, and has already secured the highest win percentage in program history (.826).
Bain was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team for a second straight year after also being named rookie of the year in 2013. The sophomore leads the NCAA with 10 triple-doubles, setting a new Ivy League record, and has turned in 19 double-doubles in 23 matches. She also collected four player of the week awards from the conference this season while ranking among the Ancient Eight leaders in kills (12th, 2.61), assists (5th, 6.52), digs (15th, 3.09), blocks (20th, 0.59), hitting percentage (11th, .265) and service aces (1st, 0.46). Bain has registered at least 10 kills 14 times, 20 assists 20 times, and 10 digs 15 times.
Walters was named to the first team for the first time in her career after earning second team honors in 2012 and 2013. A senior co-captain, Walters' .411 hitting percentage ranks first in the conference and is good for 15th in the NCAA. She also ranks seventh in the Ivy League with 0.93 blocks per set and has contributed a career-best 2.44 kills per set. A native of San Mateo, Calif., Walters was named both the AVCA National Player of the Week and Ivy League Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 21. Walters has turned in at least 10 kills in 11 matches this season, including eight times in conference play, and has totaled at least five blocks five times.
Holte's second team selection is the first of her career. She leads the conference with 1.14 blocks per set, a new career-high, and has also set career bests with 1.99 kills per set and a .341 hitting percentage. The junior recorded double-digit kills in six matches this season, including three times in conference play, and also posted at least five blocks 10 times.
Vegesena was tabbed All-Ivy honorable mention for the first time in her career after registering a career-high 4.36 digs per set. A junior, Vegesena turned in double-digit digs in 21 of 23 matches and reached 20 digs eight times. She totaled a career-high 34 digs in a three-set win over Central Connecticut State during the year's first weekend of play, which stands as the highest dig total in a three-set match in the NCAA this season.
Weghorst earned an honorable mention nod despite having her playing time limited due to injury. A first team pick a year ago, the sophomore averaged 2.58 kills per set and 2.03 digs per set, and was named the Ivy League Player of the Week this past Tuesday. Weghorst totaled five double-doubles while turning in double-digit kills 11 times and double-digit digs seven times.