Women's Volleyball Hosts Penn, Princeton in Key League Contests

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Video
Live Stats
Series
Last Meeting
Streak 

Harvard vs. Penn
Oct. 28, 2016
7 p.m.
Malkin Athletic Center
Ivy League Digital Network
Women's Volleyball vs. Penn
Harvard trails, 16-44
L, 3-1 (Oct. 1, 2016)
L1

Matchup
Date
Time
Venue
Video
Live Stats
Series
Last Meeting
Streak 

Harvard vs. Princeton
Oct. 29, 2016
5 p.m.
Malkin Athletic Center
Ivy League Digital Network
Women's Volleyball vs. Princeton
Harvard trails, 14-50
L, 3-0 (Sept. 30, 2016)
L1


Isabelle Tashima recorded a career best five service aces against Dartmouth last Friday. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard women's volleyball team (6-11, 4-4 Ivy League) hosts Penn (8-12, 3-5 Ivy League) on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Princeton (14-3, 8-0 Ivy League) on Saturday (5 p.m.)  inside the Malkin Athletic Center. Harvard currently sits in sole possession of fourth place in the Ivy League standings with six league games remaining on the schedule. 

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. 

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The Last Meeting against Penn
Senior Corinne Bain notched a career high 21 kills with 23 assists, and freshman Grace Roberts Burbank added 15 kills and 14 digs, but the Harvard fell 3-1 to Penn on Oct. 1 at The Palestra. The Quakers won by set scores of 25-18, 19-25, 25-16 and 25-21. Freshman Maclaine Fields added 10 kills, and Christina Cornelius also posted 10 kills, while Isabelle Tashima led the Crimson with 21 digs. 

The Last Meeting against Princeton
In a rematch of the 2015 Ivy League Playoff, the Harvard fell 3-0 to Princeton on Sept. 30 at Dillon Gymnasium. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-20, 25-11, and 25-20. Freshman Grace Roberts Burbank led Harvard with 13 kills and a .323 hitting percentage, while Corinne Bain added 16 assists and Isabelle Tashima had nine digs. Princeton held Harvard to just .101 on attack for the night, while posting a .333 hitting percentage for the night.

Last Time Out
Last Friday night, Junior Paige Kebe notched 11 kills, senior Corinne Bain recorded seven kills, 19 assists and seven digs to lead the Harvard to a four set win over Dartmouth at Malkin Athletic Center. Harvard won by set scores of 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, and 25-21. Freshman Isabelle Tashima added a career best five service aces and 17 digs to lead the Crimson, which completed the season series sweep of the Big Green.

Top of the Pack
Senior Corinne Bain had her streak of four straight triple-doubles snapped against Dartmouth, but still had a standout night against the Big Green (7 kills, 19 assists, 7 digs). Bain leads the team with 19 service aces this season. She leads the Ivy League in triple-doubles with four and is 8th in the nation in that category. Bain is the conference's all-time leader in triple-doubles (28) and double-doubles (61). She holds Harvard's all-time record for service aces, with 134 overall, and is tied for 13th in Ivy League history in that category. 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 2,147 and is 10th all-time with an average of 2.93 digs/set.

More On Bain
Bain is 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 (28) and double-doubles (61), Bain has earned 10 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.

Roberts Burbank Off to Strong Start
Freshman Grace Roberts Burbank has been one of Harvard's best on attack in Ivy League play. In eight Ivy League contests, Roberts Burbank has recorded 102 kills for an average of 3.40 kills/set (2nd, Ivy League). She has notched double-digit kills in seven of eight league contests and leads the team with 161 kills overall. Roberts Burbank leads all Ivy League freshmen with an average of 2.88 kills per set.

A Fields Day
Freshman Maclaine Fields is off to an impressive start for the Crimson. Through 17 games, Fields leads the team with an attack percentage of .341 (128 kills, 35 errors), which ranks 13th nationally among freshmen.

Scouting Penn
A young Quakers team sits in a tie for fifth place in the Ivy League at 3-5 in conference play. Sophomore Courtney Quinn leads the way on attack for Penn with 202 kills on the year (T-3rd, Ivy League). Junior Michelle Pereira is one of Penn's top defensive players, notching 348 digs on the year (1st, Ivy League) for an average of 4.64 digs per set (3rd in Ivy League). Junior setter Sydney Morton has a team-best 587 assists on the year (7.83 assists/set).

Scouting Princeton
The Tigers have been the class of the Ivy League, undefeated with an 8-0 record in conference play, and have won 12 matches in a row overall, including a three set win against travel partner Penn on Friday night at home. Senior Cara Mattaliano leads the Tigers with 210 kills on the season and is tops in the Ivy League with 3.62 kills per set. Sophomore Clare Nussbaum is Princeton's top setter, second in the Ivy League with an average of 9.66 assists per set. Freshman Maggie O'Connell (.404) and senior Brittany Ptak (.349) are among the nation's best on attack.

Home Court Advantage
Harvard posted an 11-4 record at the Malkin Athletic Center in 2015 and is 32-12 at home during the tenure of senior Corinne Bain, including a 4-3 record at home so far this season.

Captaining the Ship
Senior Corinne Bain and junior Michaela Dews have been voted as Harvard's captains this 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 305 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.