CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (5-4) is set to kick off Ivy League action this Friday, Sept. 21 at Dartmouth (4-6) after competing in three non-conference tournaments to start the season. The Crimson and Big Green are slated for a 7 p.m. match up in Hanover, N.H. with the contest broadcast on ESPN+.
What to Know
- Harvard was crowned New England Challenge champions for the second consecutive year last weekend, sweeping its competition with wins over Boston College (3-2), Northeastern (3-1) and UMass Lowell (3-1), and extending its win streak to four matches.
- The Crimson is reaping rewards from its freshmen setters, as rookies Bella Almanza (6.03) and Grace Varsames (4.17) lead the team in assists per set and have helped connect Harvard to 10.70 kills per set.
- A number of members of the Crimson squad have climbed the rankings of the Ivy League as Anna Uhr sits second in service aces per set (0.41), while three players place sixth in their respective categories: Maclaine Fields in hitting percentage (.309), Christina Cornelius in blocks per set (1.03) and Almanza in assists per set (6.03).
- Offensive staples Grace Roberts Burbank (2.58, .131%) Cornelius (2.30, .252%) and Fields (2.08, .308%) continue to strengthen the Crimson attack heading into Ivy play, topping the lineup in kills per set and hitting percentage.
- Harvard has won each of its last four meetings against Dartmouth, owning a 51-21 record in its all-time series with the Big Green.
Leading the Way
Head coach Jennifer Weiss is in the midst of her 26th season at the helm of the program, where she has accumulated a 145-150 Ivy record, has led Harvard to three Ivy League titles and has guided 80 All-Ivy selections during her tenure.
Harvard will embark on its first Ivy League road trip of the season to Cornell and Columbia next weekend, Sept. 28-29. First serves are set for 7 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, and will be broadcast on ESPN+.