Women’s Volleyball Continues Ivy Slate at Princeton, Penn

Women’s Volleyball Continues Ivy Slate at Princeton, Penn

Dating back to last year, Harvard has won five of six against Ivy competition (Gil Talbot).

Live Stats
Last Meeting

 Harvard vs. Princeton
  Sept. 30, 2016
  7 p.m.
  Dillon Gymnasium
 Ivy League Digital Network
Women's Volleyball vs. Princeton
 Harvard trails, 14-49
  W, 3-1 (Nov. 20, 2015)

Live Stats
Last Meeting

 Harvard vs. Penn
  Oct. 1, 2016
  5 p.m.
  The Palestra
 Ivy League Digital Network/ESPN3
Women's Volleyball vs. Penn
 Harvard trails, 16-43
  W, 3-0 (Oct. 30, 2015)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's volleyball team continues Ivy League play on the road this weekend against Princeton and Penn. Both matches can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Harvard's match at Penn on Saturday can also be viewed on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

About the 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.

Harvard Top 5 Plays of the Week – Sept. 28, 2016
Up 2-0 and 24-23 in the third set in its Ivy League opener at Dartmouth, women's volleyball gets a textbook point off a great dig from Paige Kebe, set from Erin McCarthy, and kill from Corinne Bain, helping Harvard earn the 3-0 sweep.

Last Time Out
Harvard kicked off Ivy League play last Friday night with a 3-0 sweep at Dartmouth. The Crimson began their quest for a third straight conference title with a hard-earned victory in Hanover, winning by set scores of 27-25, 25-16, and 25-23. Harvard featured a balanced offensive attack, as with five registering six or more kills on the night. Paige Kebe led the way with 11 kills and a hitting percentage of .346. Christina Cornelius, Maclaine Fields, and Grace Roberts Burbank each added seven kills, and Corinne Bain notched six kills and 18 assists. Both Bain and Cornelius recorded four block assists.

Kebe Stepping Up
Junior Paige Kebe is on pace for a career season on attack, averaging 2.17 kills per set. Kebe has posted double digit kills in two of her last three matches, including a season-high 15 kills against Boston College on Sept. 16. Kebe has recorded five straight matches with seven or more kills.

A Fields Day
Freshman Maclaine Fields is off to an impressive start for the Crimson. Through 10 games, Fields leads the team with an attack percentage of .349 (73 kills, 20 errors), which ranks eighth nationally among freshmen, and 93rd overall in the country. Fields notched a season best 16 kills with no errors in a five set win against Boston College on Sept. 16.

Top of the Pack
Senior Corinne Bain leads the team with 12 service aces this season, and ranks sixth in the Ivy League with an average of .36 service aces/set.. She holds Harvard's all-time record in service aces, with 127 overall. She is climbing the Harvard record books in two other categories including all-time assists and all-time digs per set. Bain currently sits at fourth place in all-time assists, with 2,004 and is ninth all-time with an average of 2.98 digs/set.

More on Bain
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.

Scouting Princeton
The Tigers are off to another strong start in 2016 at 7-3, and have won five matches in a row, including a five set win at Penn in their Ivy League opener last Saturday. Senior Cara Mattaliano leads the Tigers with 124 kills on the season and is tops in the Ivy League with 3.35 kills per set. Sophomore Clare Nussbaum is Princeton's top setter, leading the conference with an average of 10.03 assists per set. Freshman Maggie O'Connell (.411) and senior Brittany Ptak (.409) are among the nation's best on attack. Harvard has won six of the last seven meetings with the Tigers, including a 3-1 win against Princeton on Nov. 20, 2015 in the Ivy League Playoff that sent Harvard to its first NCAA tournament in program history.

Scouting Penn
A young senior-less Quakers team is off to a 5-8 start with sophomore Courtney Quinn leading the way on attack for Penn with 126 kills on the year. Junior Michelle Pereira is one of Penn's top defensive players, notching 211 digs on the year for an average of 4.49 digs per set (2nd in Ivy League). Junior setter Sydney Morton has a team-best 350 assists on the year. Harvard has won each of the last four meetings, sweeping the season series two years in a row.

Defending the Crown
Harvard earned a share of the Ivy League championship in for the second-straight year in 2015 after posting a 15-11 overall record with a 10-4 mark in league play. 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.

Home Court Advantage
Harvard posted an 11-4 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2015 and is 30-11 at home during the tenure of senior Corinne Bain.

Captaining The Ship
Senior Corinne Bain and junior Michaela Dews have been voted as Harvard's captains for the 2016 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 300 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.

What's Up Next
Harvard concludes a five game stretch away from Cambridge with games at Brown and Yale next weekend on Oct. 7-8. Both  matches will be available to stream on the Ivy League Digital Network.