|Harvard at Columbia
Oct. 27, 2017
Ivy League Network
Harvard leads 43-16
W, 3-0 (Sept. 30, 2017)
|Harvard at Cornell
Oct. 28, 2017
Ivy League Network
Harvard trails 27-34
W, 3-1 (Sept. 29, 2017)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team returns to action this weekend with a full Ivy slate beginning Friday at 7 p.m. at Columbia and wrapping up Saturday at 5 p.m. at Cornell. Both matches will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time Out
The Harvard women's volleyball team (11-6, 6-2 Ivy) tallied another win in the Ivy column with a sweep of Dartmouth (7-10, 3-5 Ivy) on Friday night. The match was neck and neck with the Crimson taking sets one, two and three by no more than a three-point margin.
With the win, Harvard hangs onto its No. 2 spot in the Ivy League, tied with Princeton and one match off Ivy leader Yale.
Leading the Crimson against the Big Green was Grace Roberts Burbank who racked up 17 kills and a .300 hitting percentage in the three-set affair. Erin McCarthy aided her teammates with 40 assists and Anna Uhr was again a staple on defense with 16 digs.
Through the 2017 season, Harvard has attacked with incredible precision, registering a .256 team hitting percentage that ranks 38th in the country. Last season, the Crimson posted a .208 mark. Erin McCarthy has taken over the top spot in the Ivy League in assists per set, and ranks 58th in the nation with 10.45. Harvard is 4-1 on the road this season, with victories against Wright State, Northeastern, Penn and Dartmouth.
After opening the Ivy League 0-6, the Lions have rebounded to win two-straight, including a five setter against then Ivy leader Princeton. Last weekend, Columbia took Cornell to four sets, improving its home record to 4-1.
The Big Red has been up and down this season and is set to begin a four-match home stand with an 8-9 overall record and 4-4 Ivy record. Cornell has split its last two matches, defeating Penn in four and dropping a match to Columbia in New York.
Around the Ivy League
Yale is still the team to beat in the run for an Ivy League title. Princeton and Harvard's next quality opportunity to tie for first place will be Friday when the Tigers host the Bulldogs in Princeton. The top three have two and three match advantages on fourth place Cornell, and Penn and Dartmouth are tied for fifth, Columbia has moved into seventh and Brown sits at eighth.
Last Time Against the Lions
Harvard women's volleyball (8-4, 3-0 Ivy) continued to steam roll through the Ivy League with a 3-0 victory over Columbia (5-7, 0-3 Ivy) on Sept. 30. The Crimson handedly beat the Lions 25-14 and 25-15 in sets one and two, before slowly but surely securing set three with a 25-22 win. Harvard registered a .396 overall hitting percentage, with five different players hitting .275 or better.
After this weekend's matches, Harvard and Princeton are the only teams that remain unbeaten in the Ivy League. Harvard has now won seven consecutive matches, quietly approaching an 11-match streak from 2014.
Last Time Against the Big Red
The Harvard women's volleyball team (7-4, 2-0 Ivy) improved to 2-0 in conference play after a gritty win against Cornell (5-6, 1-1 Ivy). Through four sets, the teams were even in kills at 54, nearly tied in assists and digs and the Big Red held a 13-6 advantage in blocks. Harvard's refined and controlled play gave it the edge to take the match 3-1.
Grace Roberts Burbank led the attack tonight, totaling a team high 14 kills. Erin McCarthy also had a stellar match for the Crimson, notching her fourth double-double of the season on 40 assists and 12 digs. Additionally, the sophomore setter recorded six kills on six attempts with zero errors for a sparkling 1.000 hitting percentage.
Harvard, Yale and Princeton are the only teams that are still undefeated in Ivy League play. Yale and Princeton will face off Saturday evening in New Haven, Conn.
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The Crimson remains on the road next weekend against Yale and Brown. Pending this weekend's results, the match against the Bulldogs could likely be for the top spot in the Ivy League and will be televised on ESPN3.