Holte, Schmidt Named Women's Volleyball Co-Captains for 2015

Holte, Schmidt Named Women's Volleyball Co-Captains for 2015

Holte and Schmidt will guide the Crimson as it looks to repeat as Ivy champion (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Rising seniors Caroline Holte and Hannah Schmidt have been voted by their teammates as co-captains for the 2015 Harvard women's volleyball season.

"Caroline and Hannah have embraced their leadership role and have set high standards for themselves and the team," commented head coach Jennifer Weiss. "They have been key contributors both on and off the court during their three years at Harvard and they have dedicated many hours to not only develop as volleyball players, but more importantly great citizens of our volleyball program and Harvard University."

Holte, a middle blocker from Laguna Beach, California, was named to the All-Ivy League second team this past season after setting career highs across the board and ranking second in the conference in both hitting percentage (.334) and blocks per set (1.13). She already ranks seventh in program history in total blocks (279) and is third in block assists (254), with her 105 block assists last year representing the 10th-highest total in single-season history. Holte enjoyed 10 matches in 2014 in which she registered at least five blocks, and hit .400 or better 12 times, including a career-best .727 (8-0-11) in the team's 3-0 win at Yale.

"Caroline has established herself as one of the best middle attackers in the Ivy League. She has continued to dominate the net and has been an impact player since her arrival. I am excited for her senior season," Weiss stated. "I have no doubt that she will come in to preseason well- conditioned and fit to lead the team. With a positive outlook and dedication to her team she will excel in her senior season."

Schmidt has played in all but one set since her arrival in Cambridge. A setter from Denver, Colorado, she has averaged 4.52 assists per set throughout her career, including a personal-best 4.81 this past year when the Crimson ranked first in the Ivy League and 46th nationally in hitting percentage (.247). In fact Harvard's attack has steadily improved each season with Schmidt on board, ranking third in the conference in hitting percentage in her freshman season and second as a sophomore. Schmidt is seventh on Harvard's career assists list (1,263).

"Hannah is the ultimate team player with a calm, confident demeanor on court that makes her teammates want to be playing next to her," added Weiss. "She is not only a top setter but her defensive ability has created many opportunities for us to score in our transition game.  As a setter she knows who to set when and her ability to stay with a game plan helps our offense succeed."

Holte and Schmidt helped Harvard to a share of the Ivy League championship this season, marking the second Ivy title in program history and first in 10 years. The squad finished the year with a 19-5 overall record and 12-2 mark against conference foes, with the team's .792 win percentage and 12 Ancient Eight victories represent new program records. Additionally, the team's 19 overall wins were the fourth most in school history.