Bain, Cornelius Receive AVCA All-Region Honors

Bain, Cornelius Receive AVCA All-Region Honors

Bain received her second-straight All-Region honor while Cornelius collected her first (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Corinne Bain and freshman Christina Cornelius have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-East Region teams, association officials announced Tuesday.

Bain was named to the All-East Region team after receiving honorable mention accolades a year ago. A three-time unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League first team, Bain ranks second in the NCAA with eight triple-doubles, including a 13-kill, 19-assist and 14-dig performance against fourth-seeded Nebraska this past weekend in NCAA tournament first round. Playing both setter and outside hitter in Harvard's 6-2 offensive system, she ranked among the Ivy League leaders in nearly every statistical category including kills per set (13th, 2.43), assists per set (9th, 5.61), digs per set (8th, 3.42), blocks per set (12th, 0.79), aces per set (9th, 0.24) and points per set (11th, 3.1). A native of Manhattan Beach, California, the junior is already second in program history in career aces (115), fifth in assists (1,722) and sixth in digs per set (3.04).

Cornelius put together one of the most dominant rookie campaigns in recent memory and was rewarded by being named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, to the All-Ivy League first team and AVCA All-Region honorable mention. The Los Angeles, California, native led the Ancient Eight in blocks per set (1.55), block assists (112), solo blocks (21) and total blocks (133), while also ranking second in hitting percentage (.334) and 13th in points per set (3.1). Along the way she set a new program record for block assists, with her total blocks ranking 13th in Ivy League history.

This marks the second-straight year that Harvard has had two individuals named All-Region after Bain and Caroline Walters '15 received honorable mention distinction a year ago. Bain now joins Kaego Ogbechie '05 (2002, 2004) as only the second two-time All-Region honoree in program history, while Cornelius is just the fourth individual to earn the award.

Bain and Cornelius helped Harvard to a share of its second-straight Ivy League title and the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament. Harvard finished the year with a 15-11 overall record and 10-4 against the Ancient Eight.