Harvard Set for Holiday Inn Invitational

Harvard Set for Holiday Inn Invitational

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Harvard at Wright St.
Sept. 8, 2017
1 p.m.
C. J. Mclin Gymnasium
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Harvard vs. West Virginia
Sept. 8, 2017
6 p.m.
C. J. Mclin Gymnasium
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Harvard at Tennessee Tech
Sept. 9, 2017
1 p.m.
C. J. Mclin Gymnasium
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team continues its season this weekend at the Holiday Inn Invitational hosted by Wright St. After a tough start to the 2017 campaign at the Harvard Invitational, the Crimson will be in search of its first win of the season against Wright St., West Virginia and Tennessee Tech.

Diamonds in the Rough
Last weekend, the Crimson set eight career highs including back-to-back collegiate bests in assists from sophomore Erin McCarthy. McCarthy currently ranks third in the Ivy League with 8.46 assists per set.

Junior captain Christina Cornelius also began the season with strong performances on offense and defense, totaling 27 kills and 13 blocks in her first three outings.

Freshman Sydney Vach also made her way onto the scoresheet, tallying 10+ digs in each of her first three collegiate matches (19 in her debut).

Fresh Faces
Harvard will play Wright St., West Virginia and Tennessee Tech for the first time in program history. Wright St. competes as a member of the Horizon League, West Virginia calls the Big12 home and Tennessee Tech is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Scouting Harvard
While the Harvard Invitational did not end in favor of the Crimson, the team was able to steal at least one set from each of its opponents and junior middle blocker Christina Cornelius was selected for the All-Tournament Team. Cornelius and Jocelyn Meyer led the attack totaling 27 and 22 kills respectively. Erin McCarthy took the majority of setting responsibilities, contributing 110 assists over three matches. On defense, rookie Sydney Vach tallied 48 digs on the weekend and Cornelius led the blocking effort with 13.

Scouting Wright St.
Wright St. enters the tournament 2-5 overall on the season after participating in two tournaments. The Raiders opened the season at the Long Beach St. Tournament, falling to Iowa, Long Beach State and No. 2 Stanford. The team competed at SIUE's Cougar Classic the following weekend, securing its first win of the season against UMKC. Current stat leaders include Katie Klusman with 3.08 kills per set, Maddie Lohmeier with 9.15 assists per set and Jessie Thornton with 4.85 digs per set. 

Scouting West Virginia
West Virginia heads into the weekend with two tournaments under its belt and a 4-2 record, dropping matches to No. 6 Penn State and No. 2 Minnesota. Statistic leaders for the Mountaineers include Payton Caffrey with 3.50 kills per set, which ranks in the top 150 in the NCAA, Erin Slinde with 9.15 assists per set and Gianna Gotterba averaging 4.00 digs per set. West Virginia has yet to play a five-set match during the 2017 season.

Scouting Tennessee Tech
The Golden Eagles began 2017 on a high note, going 2-0 out of the gate before slipping to a 2-4 overall record prior to this weekend's tournament. Shealene Little is leading the team with 3.05 kills per set while Susie Jeziorowski is recording 9.05 assists per set. On defense, Allison Morrett is putting up 3.81 digs per set.

What's Next?
Following the Wright St. tournament, the Crimson will return to Cambridge to prepare for the New England Challenge next Thursday through Saturday against Boston College, Northeastern and UMass Lowell. Harvard will host both the Eagles and River Hawks and will cross town to take on the Huskies.