Women’s Volleyball Opens 2016 Campaign with Beantown Challenge

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Video
Live Stats
Talent
Series
Last Meeting
Streak
Program  

 Harvard vs. Siena
 Sept. 02, 2016
 7 p.m.
 Malkin Athletic Center
 Ivy League Digital Network
Women's Volleyball vs. Siena
 Ben Altsher
 Harvard leads, 3-0-0
 W, 3-0 (Nov. 5, 1999)
 W3
Women's Volleyball vs. Siena

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Video
Live Stats
Talent
Series
Last Meeting
Streak
Program 

 Harvard vs. Georgia
 Sept. 03, 2016
 7 p.m.
 Malkin Athletic Center
 Ivy League Digital Network
Women's Volleyball vs. Georgia
 Ben Altsher
 Harvard leads, 1-0-0
 W, 3-1 (Sept. 13, 2014)
 W1
Women's Volleyball vs. Georgia

This marks the first Beantown Challenge for women's volleyball (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will open their 2016 season this weekend by hosting Siena and Georgia in the first annual Beantown Challenge.  

A total of four matches will be played at the Malkin Athletic Center, with a pair of matches set for each day. The complete schedule for the matches of the tournament held at Harvard is below:
 

DATE

AWAY

 

HOME

 

TIME

LINKS

Fri. Sep. 02

New Hampshire

 

Siena

 

1:00 PM

Video  |  Live stats  |  Directions

 

Siena

 

Harvard

 

7:00 PM

Video  |  Live stats  |  Directions

Sat. Sep. 03

Georgia

 

Siena

 

12:00 PM

Video  |  Live stats  |  Directions

 

Georgia

 

Harvard

 

7:00 PM

Video  |  Live stats  |  Directions

 

Defending the Crown
Harvard earned a share of the Ivy League championship for the second-straight year in 2015 after posting a 15-11 overall record with a 10-4 mark against conference foes. The Crimson clinched its share of the crown with a 3-1 victory over Brown on Nov. 13.

Harvard's 13 Ivy League victories in 2015 represented a new program record while its 15 overall wins were the seventh-most in school history.

Returning to the Court
Harvard returns 10 letterwinners from last year's squad including All-Ivy League selections Corinne Bain and Christina Cornelius. Bain was a unanimous selection to the first team for a third-consecutive year, while Cornelius was named the Ivy League Women's Volleyball Rookie of the Year and earned first team honors.

Welcome to Cambridge
Harvard welcomes five newcomers to the roster:  Sope Adeleye, Grace Roberts BurbankMaclaine FieldsErin McCarthy and Isabelle Tashima. The group of five joins the Crimson from three states around the country.

Tripling Up
Bain enters 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.

Climbing The Charts
Corinne Bain and Christina Cornelius are etching their names in the Harvard record book. For complete information, click here.

Assists

1.

Kate Nash '99

 4320

2.

Mindy Jellin '03

 4285

3.

Lily Durwood '10

 2510

6.

Corinne Bain '17

 1722

 

 

 

Service Aces

1.

Laura Mahon '08

 117

2.

Corinne Bain '17

 115

3.

Lolita Lopez '98

 106

 

Melissa Forcum '99

 106

 

 

 

Digs Per Set

1.

Katherine Kocurek '10

 5.09

2.

Christina Wu '12

 4.78

3.

Sindhu Vegesena'15-16

 4.13

6.

Corinne Bain '17

 3.04

 

 

 

Home Court Advantage
Harvard posted an 11-4 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2015 and is 29-9 at home during the tenure of senior Corinne Bain. 

Student-Athletes
For the eighth 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
Senior Corinne Bain and junior Michaela Dews have been voted as the Harvard women's volleyball captains 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."

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 299 wins during her tenure, including Ivy League titles in 2004, 2014 and 2015. Weiss is the winningest coach in Harvard history and the third-winningest coach in Ivy League history. She led the Crimson to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2015.

Weiss is joined by assistant coaches Jeffery Aucoin and Matt Jones.

Scouting Siena

The Saints have started off the 2016 season with a 1-2 record at the Virginia Tech/Radford Invitational. Siena won 3-2 against St. Francis and lost 3-0 to both Virginia Tech and Appalachian State.  Briana Flagg leads the Saints in kills with 28 with Sam Pethokoukis and Sonja Vasovic following closely behind with 22.

Harvard currently leads the all-time series 3-0, posting a 3-0 victory in their last meeting on Nov. 5, 1999.

Scouting Georgia

The Bulldogs currently sit undefeated, picking up three wins at the Benson Invitational against UNC Ashville, Savannah State and San Francisco. Maddie Lobenstein currently leads Georgia with 35 kills, while Kendall Kazor follows with 23.

Harvard currently leads the series 1-0. The last meeting was on Sept. 13, 2014, with Harvard posting a 3-1 victory.

Ticket Information
Admission to all home Harvard women's volleyball matches is free of charge. All home matches are played on the fourth floor of the Malkin Athletic Center. For directions, click here.

Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a fourth 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.  

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.