Women's Volleyball Set to Host New England Challenge

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New England Challenge
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 18-19
Malkin Athletic Center
Ivy League Digital Network
Ben Altsher, Bill Spaulding,
Andy Towne
Live Stats
Harvard (2-5, 0-0 Ivy)
UConn (5-3, 0-0 AAC)
Harvard trails, 3-14
L, 3-0 (Sept. 14, 2012)
Northeastern (3-9, 0-0 CAA)
Harvard trails, 4-27
W, 3-1 (Sept. 20, 2014)
Boston College (5-4, 0-0 ACC)
Harvard trails, 17-23
W, 3-2 (Sept. 21, 2014)

Harvard will welcome UConn, Northeastern and Boston College to the MAC this weekend (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will be back in action this weekend as it welcomes UConn, Northeastern and Boston College to the Malkin Athletic Center for the New England Challenge. A total of five matches will be played on Harvard's campus between Friday and Saturday, with all five being streamed online via the Ivy League Digital Network.

The complete tournament schedule is below.

Date Away
Time Links
Sep. 18, 2015 Connecticut   Harvard   6:00 p.m.
Sep. 19, 2015 Boston College   Connecticut   10:30 a.m.
  Northeastern   Harvard   1:00 p.m.
  Connecticut   Northeastern   4:30 p.m.
  Boston College   Harvard   7:00 p.m.

About the New England Challenge
Now in its fourth year, the New England Challenge pits Harvard against Boston College, Northeastern and UConn for regional bragging rights. The tournament began in 2012 with all four teams, but over the last two years has only featured the Crimson, Eagles and Northeastern Huskies.

Harvard is 3-4 all-time in the tournament with BC going 1-6, Northeastern 6-1 and UConn 2-1.

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 Harvard women's volleyball team rallied from down 2-0 to defeat New Hampshire in five sets Tuesday night, 3-2, at the Malkin Athletic Center. The come-from-behind win came by set scores of 18-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22 and 16-14.

Four members of the Crimson (2-5) finished with double-digit kills, including Grace Weghorst who set a career-high with 24 while hitting at a .304 clip. After registering just four kills through the first two sets the junior found her stroke, totaling 17 kills in the third and fourth sets combined before scoring back-to-back points to cap off the comeback in the fifth.

Paige Kebe (14), Christina Cornelius (13), Caroline Holte (11) and Caroline Labanowski (9) each finished the night with a season-high in kills, helping to contribute to a season-high .293 hitting percentage for the squad.

Women's Volleyball Summer Internships: Part I

Senior Sindhu Vegesena spent part of her summer teaching in Vietnam with Coach for College while classmate Hannah Schmidt interned for Conservation International.

Photos courtesy of Conservation International (Benjamin Drummond, Pete Oxford/iLCP, S. Kēhaunani Springer)

Home Court Advantage
Harvard has posted a 2-2 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2015 and is 27-11 at home during the tenure of seniors Caroline Holte, Hannah Schmidt, Sindhu Vegesena, and Kathleen Wallace.

This weekend's matches are a part of a nine-match homestand for the Crimson, its longest since playing 10 consecutive matches at the MAC to begin the 1993 season.

Ivy Honors
Junior Corinne Bain earned her second straight Ivy League Player of the Week honor on Sept. 15 after registering three consecutive double-doubles at the Service Academy Challenge.

Bain boasts seven career player of the week accolades and has been recognized by the Ivy League with either a weekly award or inclusion on the Honor Roll 20 out of a possible 24 weeks, including 16 consecutive weeks dating back to her freshman season.

Honors and Awards

Corinne Bain

Christina Cornelius

Ivy League Player of the Week (Sept. 8, Sept. 15)
Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team

Ivy League Honor Roll (Sept. 8, Sept. 15)

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 18 triple-doubles (two in 2015) and 39 double-doubles.


Corinne Bain
Hannah Schmidt
Sindhu Vegesena
Kathleen Wallace
Grace Weghorst

2015 Double-Doubles

Consecutive Double-Doubles

Career Double-Doubles

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

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

Service Aces
1. Laura Mahon '08
T5. Pernilla Schweitzer '05
T5. Sarah Cebron '07
6. Corinne Bain '17

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

Blocks (Total)
1. Elissa Hart '98
5. Katherine Hart '01
6. Caroline Holte '16





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.

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.