Women's Volleyball Heads to Nation's Capital for Service Academy Challenge

Women's Volleyball Heads to Nation's Capital for Service Academy Challenge

Tournament Info
Dates

Venue
Video
Live Stats
Harvard
Cal
Series Record
Last Meeting
Streak
Army West Point
Series Record
Last Meeting
Streak
Air Force
Series Record
Last Meeting
Streak

Service Academy Challenge
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 11-12
The Pentagon
N/A
N/A
Harvard (1-2, 0-0 Ivy)
Cal (3-3, 0-0 Pac-12)
First meeting
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Army West Point (4-2, 0-0 Patriot)
Harvard trails, 1-3
L, 3-0 (Sept. 14, 2007)
L1
Air Force (1-6, 0-0 Mountain West)
First meeting
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Harvard will take the court inside The Pentagon this weekend (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will have an experience like none other this weekend as it takes to the court inside The Pentagon at the Service Academy Challenge. Along with the Crimson, the tournament will feature Air Force, Army West Point and Cal.

A total of six matches will be played over the course of the tournament, including four on Friday at The Pentagon Athletic Center and two on Saturday at the nearby Fort Myer Fitness Center. A full schedule is below.

Date
Sep. 11, 2015
at The Pentagon Athletic Center


Sept. 12, 2015 
at Fort Myers Fitness Center

Home
Cal
Air Force
Air Force
Army West Point
Air Force
Harvard
 

Away
Harvard
Army West Point
Harvard
Cal
Cal
Army West Point

Time
10 a.m.
12 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.
11 a.m.
1 p.m.

About the Service Academy Challenge
The Service Academy Challenge began in 2011 as a way to honor the anniversary of 9/11, and was the brainchild of Air Force head coach Matt McShane.

Note on Security Measures
Due to military security measures there will be no live stats or video for any match. All spectators for matches at both The Pentagon Athletic Center and Fort Myers Fitness Center have already been selected and screened.

About the Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

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.

Social Stream
Use the 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 Crimson opened its 2015 campaign with a 3-0 victory over Rutgers at the Harvard Invitational, but fell in straight sets to Illinois State and Long Beach State on Saturday. Corinne Bain was named to the All-Tournament Team following the conclusion of play after averaging 2.44 kills, 5.67 assists and 3.44 digs per set. The junior notched a triple-double against Rutgers on Friday in the team's opener, and followed that up with a double-double versus Illinois State on Saturday.

Kathleen Wallace was also impressive over the weekend, turning in 3.00 kills per set and 3.33 digs. Caroline Labanowski (1.29 bps) and Christina Cornelius (1.22 bps) were a force at the net, with Sindhu Vegesena (4.67 dps) cleaning up behind them.

Ivy Honors
Junior Corinne Bain was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 8, marking her sixth career Player of the Week award and the 11th time she has received a weekly award from the conference office.

Bain received the honor four times last season and once in 2013 as a freshman, when she also accumulated five Rookie of the Week plaudits. A two-time unanimous All-Ivy League first team selection, Bain has been recognized by the Ivy League with either a weekly award or inclusion on the Honor Roll 19 out of 23 weeks during her career, including 15 consecutive weeks dating back to her freshman season.

Defending the Crown
Harvard earned a share of the Ivy League championship in 2014 after posting a 19-5 overall record with a 12-2 mark against conference foes. The Crimson clinched its share of the crown with a 3-1 victory over Cornell on Nov. 15, nearly 10 years to the day of the program's first Ancient Eight title.

Harvard's 12 Ivy League victories in 2014 represented a new program record while its 19 overall wins were the fourth-most in school history.

Returning to the Court
Harvard returns 11 letterwinners from last year's squad including All-Ivy League selections Corinne Bain, Caroline Holte, Sindhu Vegesena and Grace Weghorst. Bain was a unanimous selection to the first team for a second-consecutive year while Holte earned second team honors for the first time in her career. Vegesena was also recognized for the first time as an honorable mention, and was joined by Weghorst who was a first teamer in 2013.

Welcome to Cambridge
Harvard has welcomed four freshmen to the roster for the 2015 season; Christina Cornelius, Brooke Istvan, Jocelyn Meyer, and Anna Uhr. This group collectively earned seven national championships, three medals at the AAU national championships, and two Academic All-America selections.

Tripling Up
Sophomore Corinne Bain recorded an Ivy League record 10 triple-doubles in 2014, the most in the NCAA according to data made available by the AVCA. Bain became the first member of the Crimson to ever record a triple-double in 2013 when she finished with six, ranking as the second-highest total by a freshman in the nation.

For her career, Bain boasts 17 triple-doubles and 36 double-doubles.

Double-Doubles

Name
Corinne Bain
Hannah Schmidt
Kathleen Wallace
Grace Weghorst

2015 Double-Doubles
2
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1
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Consecutive Double-Doubles
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Career Double-Doubles
36
19
1
9

Honors and Awards

Name
Corinne Bain

Christina Cornelius

Award
Ivy League Player of the Week (Sept. 8)
Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team

Ivy League Honor Roll (Sept. 8)

Climbing The Charts
Corinne Bain, Caroline Holte and Hannah Schmidt are etching their names in the Harvard record book. For complete information, click here.

Assists
1. Kate Nash'99
6. Sarah Cebron '07
7. Hannah Schmidt '16
8. Corinne Bain '17


Service Aces
1. Laura Mahon '08
7. Christine Wu '12
T8. Corinne Bain '17

Blocks (Assists)
1. Suzie Trimble '08
2. Elissa Hart '98
3. Caroline Holte '16

Blocks (Total)
1. Elissa Hart '98
6. Caroline Walters '15
7. Caroline Holte '16


4,320
1,708
1,296
1,218


117
93
91


298
287
262


429
291
287

Home Court Advantage
Harvard has posted a 1-2 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2015 and is 26-11 at home during the tenure of seniors Caroline Holte, Hannah Schmidt, Sindhu Vegesena, and Kathleen Wallace.

Student-Athletes
For the seventh straight year, the Harvard women's volleyball team was recognized for its work in the classroom with the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

Captaining The Ship
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."

On The Sidelines
Harvard women's volleyball head coach Jennifer Weiss returns for her 23rd season at the helm of the Crimson. Weiss has led Harvard to 285 wins during her tenure, including Ivy League titles in 2004 and 2014. 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 third-year assistants Arturo Rivera and Jeffrey Aucoin.