PRINCETON, N.J. – After finishing tied for third in conference action last season, the Harvard women's volleyball team has been selected third in the Ivy League's inaugural preseason media poll for the 2018 season, as announced today by the conference. Harvard finished the 2017 season with a 13-10 overall record, tallying an 8-6 league mark.
The Crimson earned 97 points in the preseason poll, edging Cornell (79), Penn (68) and Columbia (49). Harvard trails first-ranked Princeton (133) and second-ranked Yale (118). Dartmouth (48) and Brown (20) round out the poll in seventh and eighth, respectively.
Harvard returns 11 letterwinners from last season, including one of the Crimson's leading scorers and senior co-captain Christina Cornelius. Cornelius, along with senior Maclaine Fields and junior Grace Roberts Burbank earned All-Ivy honors for the 2017 season, and led the Crimson to finish in the top four of the conference for its fifth straight season.
Head coach Jennifer Weiss enters her 26th season of coaching at the Ivy League level. Weiss has accumulated a 145-150 (.492) Ivy League record, has led Harvard to three Ivy League Championships and has guided 80 All-Ivy selections during her tenure.
The Crimson will open the 2018 season on the road at the Michigan Invitational Sept. 1-2. Harvard faces a doubleheader on Sept. 1, first challenging Cleveland State at 2 p.m. before taking on Michigan at 7 p.m. Closing out the Invitational on Sept. 2, the Crimson battles Eastern Michigan at 1 p.m.