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October 22, 2013

Women's Volleyball Weekly Release - Week 8

Updated Women's Volleyball Statistics through Oct. 21 

Photos courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Harvard swept Penn and Princeton for the first time in 16 years and remained within striking distance of Ivy League frontrunner Yale last weekend. 

The Crimson, behind freshman Corinne Bain's consecutive triple-doubles, went on the road and defeated Penn in four sets and Princeton in three to remain two games behind Yale in the League standings. 

Another freshman was a big spark in Yale's weekend sweep. Brittani Steinberg hit a whopping .509 in seven sets over the weekend, amassing 31 kills with just four errors in 53 attempts. That helped the Bulldogs to a three-set win at Cornell and a four-set victory at Columbia. Playing without the League's leading hitter Jesse Ebner, Yale (13-3, 7-0) ran its conference winning streak to 21 straight matches with the two wins. The Bulldogs own the third-longest active conference winning streak in the country behind Morehead State, winners of 30 straight Ohio Valley Conference matches, and LIU Brooklyn, which has won 25 straight Northeast Conference matches. 

Yale's three out-of-conference losses this season have come at the hands of No. 2-ranked Penn State, No. 6 Stanford and No. 11 Missouri, which is one of two unbeatens left in the nation (23-0). The Bulldogs were ranked No. 46 in the first release of the NCAA RPI this week with all three of the losses coming against Top 10 RPI squads. 

Continuing the youth-movement theme, Dartmouth freshman Emily Astarita helped the Big Green make history last Friday. Her 15 kills helped Dartmouth to their first-ever win at Princeton, a five-set triumph over the Tigers. The Big Green split their "southern" road swing, falling at Penn on Saturday. 

This weekend, Ancient Eight squads have an abbreviated slate as teams will play single matches against their respective travel partners. All four matches from around the League will be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network.

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK / CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale freshman outside hitter Brittani Steinberg (Glenview, Ill.) hit .509 in the Bulldogs' two wins last weekend. Steinberg had 11 kills with just two errors in a three-set sweep over Cornell on Friday night. She followed that up with a 20-kill performance - the first by a Bulldog this season - in a four-set win over Columbia.

It is the first time this season Steinberg has won Player of the Week and the second time this year she earned Rookie of the Week honors. 

Steinberg's Weekly Stats
2 MP, 7 SP, 31 kills, 4.43 k/set, .509 hitting pct., 53 ast., 31.0 pts.

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK / CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman outside hitter Corinne Bain (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) recorded back-to-back triple-doubles as the Crimson swept Penn and Princeton for the first time since 1997. In each of the wins, Bain compiled 10 kills, 22 assists and 10 digs to record her second and third triple-doubles of the season - the only ones in program history. More impressively, she did them in three and four-set matches. She also had four aces in the win over Penn. 

It is the first time this season Steinberg has won Player of the Week and the second time this year she earned Rookie of the Week honors. 

Bain's Weekly Stats
2 MP, 7 SP, 20 kills, 2.86 k/set, .239 hitting pct., 4 aces, 20 digs, 25.0 points

HONOR ROLL
Kendall Polan, Yale (Sr., S - Cardiff, Calif.)
2 MP, 7 SP, .214 hitting pct., 80 assists, 33 digs, 4.71 d/set

Kelly Johnson, Yale (So., S - Palos Verdes, Calif.)
2 MP, 7 SP, 26 kills, .277 hitting pct., 5 aces, 22 digs, 3.14 d/set, 34.5 pts.

Dani Shepherd, Penn (Sr., L - Los Angels, Calif.)
2 MP, 8 SP, 57 digs, 7.12 d/set

Grace Weghorst, Harvard (Fr., OH - Austin, Texas)
2 MP, 7 MP, 23 kills, 3.29 k/set, .222 hitting pct., 28.0 pts.

Macey Wilson, Cornell (Fr., MB - Round Rock, Texas)
2 MP, 9 SP, 26 kills, 2.17 k/set, .316 hitting pct., 17 bls., 37.5 pts. 

Zoe Jacobs, Columbia (Fr., OH - New York)
2 MP, 7 SP, 20 kills, 2.86 k/set, .300 hitting pct., 3 blks., 21.5 pts. 

 

NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (Through Oct. 20):

TEAM (Top 30)
Aces Per Set: 8. Yale, 1.82; 26. Harvard 1.60
Digs Per Set: 26. Yale 16.61
Hitting Pct.: 26. Yale, .265 
Winning Pct.: 24. Yale, .813 

INDIVIDUAL (Top 50)
Aces Per Set: 4. Corinne Baine (Harvard), 0.62; 13. Kendall Polan (Yale), 0.48; 41. Maddie Lord (Brown), 0.40
Digs Per Set: 26. Natasha Rowland (Cornell), 5.04
Hitting Pct.: 15. Jess Ebner (Yale), .422

 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Friday, October 25
*Harvard at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]
*Princeton at Penn, 7 pm [IVY] 

Saturday, October 26
*Cornell at Columbia, 2 pm [IVY]
*Yale at Brown, 5 pm [IVY] 

KEY
*Ivy League match
[IVY] match to be streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
September 10 - Kelly Johnson, Yale
September 17 - Breanna Wong, Cornell /  Paige Caridi, Dartmouth
September 24 - Thea Derrough, Brown / Jesse Ebner, Yale
October 1 - Kendall Peterkin, Princeton
October 8 -  Thea Derrough, Brown / Jesse Ebner, Yale
October 15 - Kelly Johnson, Yale 
October 22 - Corinne Bain, Harvard / Brittani Steinberg, Yale

ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
September 10  - Corinne Bain, Harvard
September 17 - Brittani Steinberg, Yale
September 24 - Grace Weghorst, Harvard / Emily Astarita, Dartmouth
October 1 - Lauren Miller, Princeton
October 8 - Cara Mattaliano, Princeton 
October 15 - Molly Kornfeind, Dartmouth
October 22 - Corinne Bain, Harvard / Brittani Steinberg, Yale 


WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY
Player of the Week
School Last Occurrence Player
Brown October 8, 2013*
Thea Derrough
Columbia October 23, 2012* Megan Gaughn
Cornell September 17, 2013*
Breanna Wong
Dartmouth September 17, 2013* Paige Caridi
Harvard October 22, 2012*
Corinne Bain
Penn October 30, 2012
Dani Sheperd
Princeton October 1, 2013
Kendall Peterkin
Yale October 22, 2013*
Brittani Steinberg
     
Rookie of the Week
School
Last Occurrence Player
Brown September 6, 2011 Maddie Lord
Columbia September 18, 2012*
Atlanta Moye-McLauren
Cornell October 5, 2010 Rachel D'Epagnier
Dartmouth October 15, 2013 Molly Kornfeind
Harvard October 22, 2013*
Corinne Bain
Penn October 2, 2012
Alex Caldwell
Princeton October 8, 2013
Cara Mattaliano
Yale October 22, 2013*
Brittani Steinberg

*Shared honor