|Harvard vs. Columbia
Sept. 30, 2017
Malkin Athletic Center
Ivy League Network
Ben Altsher, AJ Kanell
Harvard leads, 42-16
L, 1-3 (Nov. 5, 2016)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team continues the campaign for its fourth Ivy League Championship this coming weekend, with contests against Cornell and Columbia. The Crimson are slated for back-to-back matches at the Malkin Athletic Center (MAC) on Friday and Saturday, first serves are set for 7 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively. Both matches will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time Out
For the 17th time in program history, the Crimson was victorious in its Ivy League opener, defeating Dartmouth 3-1 last Friday night. Christina Cornelius backed up her Ivy League Player of the Week award with a career high 18 kills paired with 10 digs for her second double-double of the season. The junior co-captain also registered a match high .467 hitting percentage. Paige Kebe contributed a season high 10 kills to the Crimson attack while Anna Uhr and Heather Sigurdson added a kill apiece for the first time this season. Harvard has now strung together five consecutive wins for the first time since Oct. 10 – Nov. 15, 2014.
The Crimson continues to climb in the rankings after notching its first conference victory of the season. Through week one, Harvard remained at the top of the Ivy League in hitting percentage, averaging .242, a mark that places it 66th in the nation. Individually, sophomore setter Erin McCarthy ranks second in the Ivy League and 80th in the nation with 10.16 assists per set and sophomore middle blocker Maclaine Fields ranks third in the Ivy League and 70th in the nation with a .368 hitting percentage.
The Big Red comes to Cambridge with a 5-5 overall record, fresh off a four-set win against Columbia last weekend. Cornell has yet to claim a road victory this season, going 0-2 at James Madison and Colgate.
This past week, Big Red senior Emily Wemhoff was named Ivy League Player of the Week for her 23 kills and .405 hitting percentage against Columbia. The senior ranks second in the Ivy League averaging 3.59 kills per set. As a team, the Big Red ranks second among Division I schools with 41.97 attacks per set and 15th in the nation with 17.62 digs per set.
Columbia enters the weekend 5-5 overall, 1-2 on the road and 0-1 in the Ivy League. The Lions will take on Dartmouth in a Friday night match-up before making a pit stop in Cambridge on the way back to New York. The Lions have a balanced attack, with four players averaging over two kills per set led by Anja Malesevic (3.17).
Head coach Jennifer Weiss is in her 25th season at the helm of the Harvard women's volleyball program. At the MAC, Weiss holds an 11-9 (.550) record against Cornell and a 17-4 (.810) record against Columbia.
Ivy League Network
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The Crimson will play its first Ivy road matches next weekend at Penn and Princeton. Friday's match at Penn will be televised on ESPN3 and is set for a 7 p.m. start. Harvard's match at Princeton on Saturday will begin at 5 p.m.