Harvard will look to sweep both Penn and Princeton for the second straight year (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team continues its three-week road trip this weekend visiting Penn and Princeton. The Crimson will first take to the court Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. versus the Quakers, and will square off with the Tigers Saturday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m.
Both matches can be seen live online via the Ivy League Digital Network.
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.
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.
Where We Stand
Harvard and Dartmouth are tied atop the Ivy League standings at 6-2 with six matches remaining to be played. Yale trails the duo by one match with a 5-3 mark, while both Princeton and Brown remain alive in the Ivy title race at 4-4. Penn and Columbia are tied for sixth place at 3-5, with Cornell rounding out the standings at 1-7.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team routed Dartmouth Friday night, 3-0, to pull even with the Big Green atop the Ivy League standings. The victory came by set scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-19.
Harvard benefited from a balanced attack in the victory with Kathleen Wallace's nine kills and .304 hitting percentage leading the way. Corinne Bain added seven kills with Jocelyn Meyer contributing six and Caroline Holte adding five.
Holte was a force on the defensive side of the net, blocking six Dartmouth attacks as Harvard totaled 10 on the evening. Wallace notched four blocks and seven digs to go with Sindhu Vegesena's 11 digs and Bain's nine.
Playing It Out
Harvard and Dartmouth are tied atop the Ivy League standings with identical 6-2 marks while Yale is just one game back of the pair at 5-3. With just three weeks remaining in the regular season, the race for the Ivy title is likely to come down to the final weekend of play when Harvard and Dartmouth make the Yale-Brown road trip.
Step Your Game Up
Senior Kathleen Wallace has taken her game to a new level in Ivy League play, averaging 3.68 kills per set and hitting .262 after totaling just 2.43 kills per set and a .174 percentage in five non-conference matches. Wallace has contributed double-digit kills in six of eight conference matches, while hitting above .300 four times.
Harvard has dominated the Ivy League weekly awards this season, winning five of eight Player of the Week honors while adding two Rookie of the Week plaudits for a total of seven decorations.
Kathleen Wallace was the most recent member of the Crimson to take home a weekly honor, being named Ivy League Player of the Week on Oct. 20 after turning in a pair of double-doubles at Columbia and Cornell.
Harvard swept the Ivy League weekly awards for a second time this season on Oct. 13 as Corinne Bain was named Player of the Week and Jocelyn Meyer garnered Rookie of the Week plaudits.
Bain has named Player of the Week four of eight weeks this season, and became the first student-athlete to earn the award three straight times since Princeton's Lydia Rudnick did so in 2010. She now boasts nine Player of the Week accolades for her career, and has been recognized by the Ivy League with either a weekly award or inclusion on the Honor Roll 26 out of 30 weeks during her career, including 21 consecutive weeks dating back to her freshman season.
This marked the first Rookie of the Week honor for Meyer who earned the first two starts of her career and rewarded the coaching staff with a breakout weekend.
Honors and Awards
Ivy League Rookie of the Week (Sept. 22)
Stuffing The Stat Sheet
Senior Caroline Holte became the program's all-time leader in block assists on Oct. 2, passing two-time All-Ivy League first team selection Suzie Trimble '08 for the top spot. Holte currently boasts 326 block assists for her career, and also ranks third in program history with 357 total blocks.
Harvard enters the weekend ranked 22nd in the NCAA in blocks per set (2.71) while Christina Cornelius ranks 17th individually, second among freshmen, with 1.47 blocks per set.
The Crimson is tops in the Ivy League in blocks per set, with Cornelius and Caroline Holte (1.10) ranking first and third, respectively. Harvard recorded at least 10 blocks in seven straight matches from Sept. 18 to Oct. 9, its longest streak since at least 2003 (the last year for which match-by-match statistics are available).
Junior Corinne Bain has turned in five triple-doubles this season, the fourth most in the NCAA. Last year she led the nation with an Ivy League record 10 triple-doubles after turning in six as a freshman.
Bain boasts 21 triple-doubles for her career and is the only member of the Crimson to achieve the feat.
Senior Grace Weghorst registered a career-high 24 kills in the team's 3-2 win over New Hampshire, marking the most kills by a member of the Crimson since Kathryn McKinley totaled 26 at Yale on Oct. 11, 2008.
Climbing The Charts
Corinne Bain, Caroline Holte and Hannah Schmidt are etching their names in the Harvard record book. For complete information, click here.
Home Court Advantage
Harvard has posted an 8-4 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2015 and is 33-13 at home during the tenure of seniors Caroline Holte, Hannah Schmidt, Sindhu Vegesena, and Kathleen Wallace.
Harvard wrapped up a nine-match homestand with wins over Brown and Yale, its longest since playing 10 consecutive matches at the MAC to begin the 1993 season.
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.
Women's Volleyball Summer Internships: Part II
Senior Kathleen Wallace spent her summer doing research in the Brigham and Women's Regenerative Medicine Center while Grace Weghorst interned at Time, Inc.
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.
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 294 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.