|Harvard at Brown
Nov. 4, 2017
Pizzitola Sports Center
Ivy League Network
W, 3-1 (Oct. 13, 2017)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team will play its final road matches of the season this Friday and Saturday at Yale and Brown respectively. The 7 p.m. matchup at Yale will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network. On Saturday, Crimson fans can watch Harvard volleyball take on Brown on the Ivy League Network at 5 p.m.
Last Time Out
Despite coming back from a 0-2 set deficit to force the fifth, the Harvard women's volleyball team (11-7, 6-4 Ivy) was unable to take three straight to overcome Cornell (10-9, 6-4 Ivy). The Big Red quickly took control in sets one and two with scores of 25-16 and 25-19, but Harvard rallied to take back the match, winning sets three and four 25-21 and 25-22. Cornell managed to get ahead early in set five, forcing the Crimson to play catch-up and eventually taking the set and match with a 15-10 score.
Maclaine Fields was again a solid contributor with a .400 hitting percentage on 15 kills and just three errors. Christina Cornelius led the Crimson with 17 kills, and added 12 digs. Anna Uhr and Erin McCarthy combined for 43 of Harvard's 80 digs and rookie Evelyn Gray notched a career high eight kills and a team high four blocks on the night.
The Crimson defensive corps posted 80 digs and six blocks, with five different players getting arms up at the net.
Harvard is currently towing an 11-8 overall record and is 6-4 in Ivy League action heading into its final two road games of the season. After dropping a weekend set at Columbia and Cornell, the Crimson is 4-3 away from home in the 2017 season. Harvard still ranks in the top-50 in the nation with a .252 hitting percentage, led by Maclaine Fields who is hitting at a .351 clip, a mark good for second in the conference. Erin McCarthy continues to excel in her role of primary setter, averaging 10.41 assists per set that puts her at the top of the conference and 65th in the country.
The Bulldogs' six game winning streak was snapped last weekend at Penn, the Quakers handing Yale its second Ivy loss of the season. If the Bulldogs stay on track, they are likely to win the conference but will need to hold off Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell and Columbia. Yale is running middle of the pack statistically, with Izzy Simqu ranking in the top five of the conference in hitting percentage and blocks per set. Kate Swanson is second in the Ivy League, raking in 4.13 digs per set.
Junior Sabrina Stillwell (Laguna Beach, Calif.) leads Brown with 2.62 kills per set this season while sophomore Jacqueline Jacobs (Atlanta, Ga.) stands second in the Ivy League in blocks per set (1.21). Stillwell has posted 10 or more kills in each of 10 matches this fall.
Senior Shirin Tooloee (San Jose, Calif.) has tallied 2.15 kills per set while sophomore Makena Ehlert (Orange County, Calif.) has posted 2.13 kills per set in Ivy League play. A trio of freshmen – Camberly Moriconi (Naples, Fla.), Gabrielle Moriconi (Naples, Fla.), and Eliza Grover (Menlo Park, Calif.) – has added 2.08, 1.83, and 1.58 kills per set respectively. For the season, Tooloee has compiled four double-doubles.
State of the Ivy League
Yale still sits at the top of the conference with an 8-2 record after splitting last weekend at Princeton and Penn. With a win against Brown, Princeton claimed sole possession of second place with a 7-3 Ivy record. Harvard and Cornell are tied for third at 6-4 and will need to make up quite a bit of ground in order to contend for the Ivy title. Penn ranks fifth with a 5-5 record and Columbia has pulled up to sixth on a four-game win streak after starting conference play 0-6. Dartmouth and Brown round out the Ancient Eight with 3-7 and 1-9 conference records respectively.
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The women's volleyball team will return to the Malkin Athletic Center next weekend, Nov. 10-11 to close out the regular season and celebrate the Class of 2018 against Princeton and Penn. Matches are set for 7 p.m. against Princeton and 5 p.m. against Penn.