CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Coming off an Ivy League title in 2014, Harvard women's volleyball head coach Jennifer Weiss has announced the addition of four incoming freshman for 2015; Christina Cornelius, Brooke Istvan, Jocelyn Meyer, and Anna Uhr.
This group of freshman collectively earned seven national championships, three medals at the AAU national championship, and two named Academic All-American by the AAU. The Crimson won the Ivy League championship this past 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 12 Ancient Eight victories representing a new program record. Additionally, the team's 19 overall wins were the fourth most in school history.
Class of 2019
Christina Cornelius | Middle Blocker | 6-2 | Los Angeles, Calif. | Windward High School
Earned four varsity letters at Windward High School and captained her team for one year … Also played for Santa Monica Beach Volleyball Club for two years and Mizuno Long Beach Volleyball Club for five years … Was named among the top 250 recruits by PrepVolleyball.com … Assisted the Mizuno Long Beach Club team at the Los Angeles Qualifier, securing a seventh-place slot in the open division in 2014 and 2015 … Named to the all-tournament team at the 2014 Girls Junior National Championships … Led the Mizuno Long Beach Club team to a second-place finish at the SCVA Qualifier in 2014 … The Mizuno Long Beach Club team held a third-place finish at the ShowMe Qualifier in 2014 … Helped her Windward High School team secure a second-place finish at the Far Western National Qualifier in 2013 … Earned a silver medal in 2011 at the Girls Junior National Championships, a bronze in 2012, and finished ninth in 2013 on the Mizuno Long Beach Club … Was named to the California Interscholastic Federation first team in 2013 and 2014, and named to the second team in 2011 … Member of the 2014 Under Armor Watch List … Selected as Middle of the Year on the 2014 All-Southern California Team … Named MVP of the Gold Coast High School League in 2014, of the Alpha League in 2013, and of the North Tournament in 2013 … Named Best Offensive Player at Windward High School in 2013 … A part of the AVCA Phenom List in 2012 and 2013 … High Honorable Mention on the Soph 79 List … Named Player of the Year on the SCVA Girls 15's and 16's in 2012 and 2013 … Secured a spot on the A1 and A2 team for the United States of America Volleyball (USAV) High Performance Indoor Team in 2011 and 2012 along with a spot on the USAV Holiday Camp selection … Inducted into the Service Honor Society in 2015… National medalist in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for Visual Arts … Three years on the Windward High School Honor Roll.
Brooke Istvan | Setter | 5-8 | Hinsdale, Ill. | Hinsdale Central High School
Earned four varsity letters on the Hinsdale Central High School volleyball team and captained the team for her junior and senior years … Played for five years on the Sports Performance Volleyball Club and captained the 16 Blue and 18 Mizuno during the 2012-13 and 2014-15 seasons … Led Sports Performance to AAU National Championships in 2013 and 2014 … Secured the Great Lakes Center High School Summer League Championship in 2014 … Led the Hinsdale Central High School team to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 4A Super Sectional Championship in 2012 … Selected to the all-star team for the 16 Classic Division at the AAU Girls Volleyball National Championship in 2013 … Recognized by her school with the Hinsdale Central Scholar Athlete Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014 … Was presented the IHSA Scholastic Achievement Award in 2012, 2013, and 2014 … Named Academic All-American in 2014 by PrepVolleyball.com and named AAU All-American in 2013 and 2014 … Led her 2014 varsity team in assists, blocks, and aces … Holds a perfect 5.0 GPA … Has been named on the Dean's List each semester at Hinsdale Central High School … Recognized as a National Merit Commended Scholar … Named an AP scholar with distinction in European History, Calculus, English Language and Composition, Spanish Language and Culture, and U.S. History … Earned the U.S. House of Representatives Sixth Congressional District Excellence Award … Named an Illinois State Scholar, a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the National Spanish and National German Honor Societies … Gold Award Winner at the National German Exam with the highest grade recognition … Awarded the Brandenburger Prize, a German student exemplifying the six pillars of character in 2013 and 2014 … Winner of the Hinsdale Central Spirit Team Award in 2015 … Recognized for her outstanding contributions to Hinsdale Central High School in 2013 … Young Scholar Award Recipient in 2012 … Rotary Club of Hinsdale Youth Merit Award recipient in 2012.
Jocelyn Meyer | Middle Blocker | 6-1 | Springboro, Ohio | Archbishop Alter High School
Four- year letterwinner for Archbishop Alter High School in volleyball and basketball … Played for five years on the Air City Chicks volleyball team, three years on the Dayton Lady Hoopstars basketball team, and one year on the Ohio Lady Attack basketball team … Captain of the Archbishop Alter High School volleyball team in 2013 and 2014, the Archbishop Alter High School basketball team in 2014-2015, and the Air City Chicks volleyball team in 2015 … Led the Alter High School volleyball team to sectional, district, and regional championships in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 … Reached the state semi-finals in 2012 and 2014 … Led her team in the state semi-finals in 2014 with 28 kills in her final match … Led the basketball team to sectional championships, district championships, and regional championships in 2014 and 2015 … Led the basketball team to a state championship in 2015 and a second-place finish in 2014 … The basketball team was ranked 11th in the country by USA Today during the 2014-15 season … Awarded the Kacie Hausfeld Leopard Award in 2013 and 2014 … Named to the All-League and All-District team in 2013 and 2014, the All-State third team in 2013, and the All-State second team in 2014 … Awarded the Basketball Coaches Award in 2012 and 2015, along with the 110% Effort Award in 2013 … Recognized as an AAU Volleyball Academic All-American in 2013 … Named a Key Club member, Alter Scholars member, a peer minister, and a student ambassador.
Four-year varsity letterwinner on 'Iolani School's volleyball team and captained the team in 2014 … Also lettered in track, water polo, and paddling … Captain of the Imi'ike Volleyball Academy, playing for three years … member of the Ka Ulukoa Volleyball Institute for six years … Played for one year at the Outrigger Canoe Club and the EFC Beach Volleyball Team … Helped 'Iolani School to a third-place finish in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu … Secured a third-place finish at the USAV Pacific Northwest Qualifier in 2014 … Placed fourth in the first annual State High School Sand Volleyball Championships in 2013 … Assisted her team to a top-10 finish at the AAU West Coast Junior Olympic Beach Championships in 2014 … Named first team All-League and to the All-State team … Won the Martin Luther King Pakela Tournament … Has been recognized for her academic achievements with the Top Scholar Award and six years on the Headmasters List … Named an AP Scholar, and a member of the National Latin Honors Society with the David P. Coon Latin Book Award … Served as an officer of the 'Iolani "I" Club, co-chair of the Big Brother Big Sister program, and a delegate for the Pacific Astronomy and Engineering Summit … Participated in the 2014 outreach program "Building to Unite" in Cambodia.