CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's volleyball head coach Jennifer Weiss has announced that junior Maclaine Fields and sophomore Evelyn Gray will serve as captains for the 2019 team. As all captains at Harvard, the leadership posts were determined based on an election of the student-athletes on the team.
Fields appeared in 19 matches for the Crimson during the 2018 campaign, while starting in 14. The junior middle blocker finished the season leading the team in hitting percentage (.268) and ranked second in blocks per set (1.11). Registering attack percentages over .300 in eight matches and double-digit kills in three matches, Fields set four career-highs this season, including 20 kills against Central Connecticut State.
"Not only is Maclaine an All-Ivy performer as a middle attacker, she is a natural leader on the court," said Weiss. "She has a calm confidence that her teammates look for when competing. She puts in the work on a daily basis and takes care of the little things that make our team successful. I am excited for Maclaine's senior season and have already seen such great things as she has stepped into her role as captain."
Gray joins Fields as a co-captain after appearing in nine matches and starting in three during her sophomore campaign. The Washington, D.C. native surpassed five career-highs this season, including kills (nine), blocks (five) and digs (three). Gray recorded 36 kills and 18 blocks through 24 sets throughout 2018.
"Evelyn is a dynamic athlete and has a personality to match," Weiss said. "Her competitive nature on the court is consistent and well received by her teammates and coaches. She brings an incredible work ethic to practices and has a genuine enthusiasm for the game. I look forward to working with Evelyn and I know she will serve as a strong captain for our team."
Harvard finished its 2018 campaign fourth in the Ivy League with a 11-12 overall record and 5-8 conference mark. Kicking off its spring schedule this weekend, the Crimson will travel to Boston College on Saturday, March 30 to take on host BC, Holy Cross and Siena. The Crimson will then return to the Malkin Athletic Center on April 14 to host BC and Bryant, before closing out its spring slate at UConn on April 19.