|Harvard vs. Brown
Oct. 7, 2016
Pizzitola Sports Center
Ivy League Digital Network
Women's Volleyball vs. Brown
Harvard trails, 33-36
W, 3-1 (Nov. 14, 2015)
|Harvard vs. Yale
Oct. 8, 2016
Ivy League Digital Network/ESPN3
Women's Volleyball vs. Yale
Harvard trails, 23-40
L, 1-3 (Nov. 13, 2015)
Grace Roberts Burbank leads Harvard with 35 kills in Ivy League play. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's volleyball team concludes a five-game Ivy League road swing this weekend against Brown and Yale. Both matches can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Harvard's match at Yale 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.
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.
Last Time Out
The Crimson dropped matches against Princeton (3-0) and Penn (3-1) on the road this past weekend despite strong performances from Grace Roberts Burbank (28 kills, 19 digs, .369 attack percentage) and Corinne Bain (25 kills, 39 assists, 12 digs, three service aces). Roberts Burbank recorded a team-best 13 kills, a .323 attack percentage, five digs and one service ace in a 3-0 loss against the Tigers, then notched 15 kills with just one error for a .412 attack percentage in a 3-1 setback at Penn, adding 14 digs. Bain notched a career high 21 kills to go along with 23 assists against Penn.
Roberts Burbank Off to Strong Ivy Start
Freshman Grace Roberts Burbank has been one of Harvard's best on attack in Ivy League play. In three conference games, Roberts Burbank has 35 kills for an average of 3.50 kills/set (4th, Ivy League). Overall, Roberts Burbank is second on the team with 94 kills and first with an average of 2.61 kills/set through 12 games.
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. Before missing last weekend due to injury, Kebe had 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 12 games, Fields leads the team with an attack percentage of .344 (88 kills, 24 errors), which ranks 11th nationally among freshmen. 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 15 service aces this season, and ranks sixth in the Ivy League in that category. She holds Harvard's all-time record for service aces, with 130 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 2,043 and is 10th all-time with an average of 2.95 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.
The Bears are coming off a split weekend at Cornell (W, 3-2) and Columbia (L, 0-3) and sit at 3-10 overall (1-2 Ivy League). Freshman Makena Ehlert leads Brown with 121 kills and is second on the team with 105 digs on the season, while senior middle blocker Payton Smith is fourth in the conference with 40 total blocks on the season. Brown's primary setter is senior Sarah Lucenti, who has recorded 290 assists this year. Junior Melissa Cairo is also a key part of Brown's lineup, recording a team-best 175 digs on the year.
Yale is off to a strong start at 9-3 (2-1 Ivy League) and is also coming off a split weekend, falling to Columbia last Friday night in five sets before winning at Cornell (3-1) on Saturday. The Bulldogs feature a balanced offensive attack, led by Brittani Steinberg (129 kills), who is also second on the team with 144 digs on the year and first with 17 service aces. Sophomore Kate Swanson leads Yale with 185 digs, while freshman setter Franny Arnautou has 264 assists on the year. Yale is holding teams to just .179 on attack, which is second best in the Ivy League.
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 will be back in action at the Malkin Athletic Center next weekend with games against Columbia and Cornell next Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (5 p.m.). Both games will be available to stream on the Ivy League Digital Network.