Bain and Dews will guide the Crimson as it attempts to win a third-straight Ivy title in 2016 (Scott Bruhn).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a second-straight Ivy League championship and the program's first appearance in the NCAA tournament, junior Corinne Bain and sophomore Michaela Dews have been voted as captains of the Harvard women's volleyball team for the 2016 season.
"I am excited for Corie and Michaela to lead our team and I know they will be impact leaders on and off the court," head coach Jennifer Weiss commented. "With different leadership styles they will complement each other, and I am confident they will bring out the best in their teammates. They both know what it takes to work hard and be on top of the league, and I am sure they will get right to work in the off season."
Bain will enter her senior season as one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history. She is one of only two Harvard student-athletes to be named to the AVCA All-Region teams twice, and is the first student-athlete to receive first team All-Ivy League honors three times. The conference's all-time leader in triple-doubles (24) and double-doubles (54), Bain has earned nine Ivy League Player of the Week awards and was tabbed Rookie of the Week five times as a freshman before being named the Ancient Eight's Rookie of the Year.
"I am so proud of the way Corie represents Harvard and our volleyball program," stated Weiss. "She continues to set goals and improve her own game with the overall team performance always coming first. She simply reminds me sometimes 'I hate to lose Coach,' and in turn works harder to be better. I know she will lead by example on the court with her calm and confident demeanor in competition and her exceptional work ethic in practices. She is the total package when it comes to a Division I student-athlete, I am truly looking forward to her senior season."
Dews has provided the Crimson with steady leadership and guidance despite being sidelined with injury throughout her first two seasons.
"It speaks volumes that Michaela was voted captain by her peers despite seeing limited time on the court due to an injury that has taken much of her first two seasons," Weiss added. "She has a maturity about her that I noticed when I started recruiting her as a sophomore, and is a true team player always giving to others. Throughout the recruiting process I knew that Michaela would thrive in the Harvard community and still know she can excel as an impact player on our team. I cannot wait for her teammates and the League to see her on court healthy and ready to go."
Bain and Dews helped Harvard to a share of its second-straight Ivy League championship this past season and to the program's first appearance in the NCAA tournament after defeating Princeton in the Ivy League Playoff, 3-1. The Crimson traveled to eventual national champion Nebraska for its inaugural appearance in the NCAA tournament, and defeated the Huskers in the first set on their home floor before falling, 3-1.