CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Fresh off the first NCAA tournament appearance in program history, Harvard volleyball and head coach Jennifer Weiss have announced the incoming class of 2020; Sope Adeleye, Grace Roberts Burbank, Maclaine Fields, Erin McCarthy and Isabelle Tashima. The group of five joins the Crimson from three states around the country.
The incoming freshmen add to a group that comes off its second-straight Ivy League title, and a 15-win season. The 2015 squad advanced to play Nebraska in the round of 64 in the NCAA tournament.
Sope Adeleye | Middle Blocker | 6-1| Germantown, Tenn. | St. George's Independent School
Three-time NSSAA All-Region team selectee (2013, 2014, 2015) … Named All-Tournament team in 2014 … Selected to the Tennessee Sports Writers' All-State team in 2013 … Three-time Best of Preps team recipient (2013, 2014, 2015) … Named to the AVCA Phenom List twice (2014, 2015) … Selected to the Under Armour Watch List in 2015 … Set school record for blocks per match (16), per season (141), and career (454) … Was 2013 state runner up … Class Valedictorian … Scholar's List 2012-2016 … Received the Yale Brock Award in 2015 … Two-time member of the National Honor Society (2015, 2016) and three-time member of the National Spanish Honor Society (2014-2016) … Member of Cum Laude Society (2015, 2016) … Member of Mu Theta Society (2014-2016) … prolific volunteer in community.
"Sope has such passion for the sport of volleyball. You can see it when she is on court. She has a fast arm and brings some power to the front court."
Grace Roberts Burbank | Opposite/Outside Hitter | 6-3 | San Francisco, Calif. | The Branson School
Recognized as a MaxPreps Volleyball All-American in 2015 … Was the California CIF Division 5 Volleyball Player of the Year in 2015 … Named to the Asics California Challenge All-Tournament team twice (2014, 2015) … MaxPreps Volleyball National Player of the Week (2015) … Selected to the 2014 USA Volleyball Junior Nationals All-Tournament team … Recognized as a MCAL first team All-League selection all four years … Named the Branson Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year (2012, 2013) … Two-time California CIF Division 5 state champion (2012, 2015) … Two-time California CIF Division 5 state runner-up (2013, 2014) … Part of the Junior National bronze medalist team in 2014 … Four-time Northern California Division 5 Champion … Three-time MCAL League champion … AP Scholar with Honors … Member of the Interact Club at Branson all four years.
"Grace is an exceptional student-athlete and will be an impact to our program. She is a versatile player and can hit at either pin. She has worked extremely hard to get where she is today. She has the ability to dominate at the net both offensively and defensively, and I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with her.
She is an accomplished volleyball player in the state of California and I am excited for her to join the Harvard community. She will bring a work ethic to both the court and the classroom."
Maclaine Fields | Middle Blocker | 6-3 | Alamo, Calif. | Monte Vista
Named to the All East-Bay Girls Volleyball first team in 2015 … Selected to the East-Bay Athletic League All-League first team in 2015 … Two-time North Coast Section scholar athlete (2014, 2015) … Recognized as a 2015 Prep Volleyball High School Academic All-American ... Honorable mention for the East-Bay Athletic League All-League team in 2014 … Named to the USA Volleyball High Performance Continental Team in 2012 … 2015 varsity captain … Two-time North Coast Section Champion (2014, 2015) … Northern California state finalists in 2015 … Placed fifth at Junior Nationals with club team in 2015 … North Coast Section Foundation Scholarship Recipient in 2016 … National Merit Scholarship Student … AP Scholar with Distinction … Member of the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society.
"Maclaine is a gifted athlete within explosive jump. She has progressed so quickly over the past two years at her current club team. She is diligent and hardworking, and will impact our program immediately."
Erin McCarthy | Setter | 5-10 | Manhattan Beach, Calif. | Mira Costa
Selected to the All-Bay League second team … Named to the Las Vegas Showcase "Dream Team" as the setter for the 17 Open division by Prep Volleyball … Recognized as one of the "Top five setters to look for" in Southern California by Daily Prep Talk in 2014 … Named to All-Tournament team at Durango Invitational Tournament in 2015 … Selection to the North Tournament All-Tournament team in 2012 … Three-time league champion (2012, 2013, 2015) … Won the Anaheim Queen's Court Tournament in 2015 … 2014 Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions Winner … Two-time winner of the North Tournament (2012, 2013) … Two-time winner of the David Mohs Tournament (2012, 2013) … Member of the National Honor Society … Achieved honor roll every semester of high school … Lifetime member of the California Scholarship Federation … Selected for Manhattan Beach Mayor's Youth Council in 2014 … VP for Together We Tutor Club.
"Erin is a consistent and efficient setter with great experience in either a 5-1 or a 6-2. She has a calm yet confident demeanor on court and competes at a high level. She has great court awareness and can run a very diverse offense."
Isabelle Tashima | Defensive Specialist/Libero | 5-7 | Wilmette, Ill. | New Trier
Named Central Suburban League Player of the Year in 2015 … Two-time All-Central Suburban League volleyball selection … Selected to the AVCA Volleyball Phenom list in 2014 … Named to the USAV HP A3 volleyball team in 2013 … Selected to the All-Area first team from the Pioneer Press as a senior … Earned a special mention to the All-State volleyball team in 2015 … 2015 varsity captain … Lead team to third-place state finish in 2013 … Won two regional titles, one sectional title, and super-sectional title … Finished career with 944 total digs … Two-time Central Suburban League champion (2013, 2015) … Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica Award recipient … Four year honor roll student … prolific volunteer in community … Sister, Taylor, plays volleyball at Northwestern.
"Isabelle has played the libero position for club and high school team and has established herself as one of the top liberos in the state. She has been a primary passer and consistent defender, and she will work hard and bring spark to our back court."