Crimson Faceoff: Bump, Set, Spike

Published by Martin Kessler on December 13, 2010 at 3:11AM

After two devastating losses at the hands of basketball’s Andrew Van Nest and wrestling champ J.P O’Connor, Crimson sportswriter Martin Kessler enlisted the help of fellow writer Marjorie Gullick for the third edition of Crimson Faceoff.

In the latest contest, the pair challenged volleyball standouts Matt Jones and Taylor Docter to a two-on-two matchup. Could Gullick’s monstrous kills save team Crimson from suffering its third straight defeat? Check out the video to see how the duo fared against the pair of hard-hitting volleyball stars.

A Look Ahead

Published by Ricky Liu on December 13, 2010 at 3:11AM

With reading period having come and gone, the majority of the Harvard community has a week and a half of finals to endure before settling in for a relaxing month of J-Term. But for the population of student-athletes that find themselves on the Crimson sports teams that compete during the winter season, the end of finals period signals the start of practice schedules even more rigorous than the ones they already have, as the second half of the winter season kicks off in earnest.

The Harvard men’s basketball team looks to continue its winning ways as it seeks to extend its current two-game winning streak, but the Crimson has its work cut out for it when it takes on the No. 6 UConn Huskies, who have gone undefeated in their first seven games of the season.

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Checking In with Celebs

Published by Christina C. Mcclintock on December 13, 2010 at 3:11AM

Harvard athletes and movie stars are necessarily equated, but three Harvard alumni—the Winklevoss twins and Tommy Lee Jones—have managed to make a name for themselves on the big screen. Jones has long been one of the most respected names in the film industry while the Winklevoss twins have gained fame—or notoriety—through David Fincher's “The Social Network,” in which they were both played by Armie Hammer.

Here's a quick update on what the three celebrities have been up to.

WINKLEVII

Two of the only celebrity rowers in the world, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, are again in the news for their off-water pursuits. The “Winklevii,” as they are called in “The Social Network,” are still in the process of suing Mark Zuckerberg. The twins, who graduated in 2004, have already received $65 million from Zuckerberg and co. in a lawsuit, but they have alleged that Zuckerberg was dishonest about the value of the product and are appealing for more money.

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Berry Named Ivy Player of the Week, Clark Makes Honor Roll

Published by Catherine E. Coppinger on December 13, 2010 at 3:11AM
Brogan Out

Junior Brogan Berry earned her second Ivy Player of the Week nod of the season after an outstanding week against Florida and UNH.

Though the Harvard women’s basketball team started reading period with a loss on the road against Florida, the team returned to Cambridge in peak form, earning a win against New Hampshire just in time for the start of finals.

According to an Ivy League press release this morning, two members of the Crimson backcourt—junior Brogan Berry and freshman Christine Clark—garnered weekly all-conference recognition for their respective roles in this past week’s contests.

Berry earned her second Ivy League Player of the Week honor of the season, as Harvard rebounded from the mid-week loss with a 96-63 battering of the Wildcats Friday night.

The junior guard led the way with 22 points against UNH. Berry shot 8-of-9 from the field and contributed five assists and four steals for the Crimson. She led Harvard in scoring in Tuesday’s defeat as well, notching 15 points against the Gators. So far in the 2010-11 season, Berry is averaging 13.4 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, in addition to shooting an impressive 92.6 percent from the free-throw line.

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Women's Hoops Riding the Rollercoaster

Published by Brian A. Campos on December 11, 2010 at 3:11AM
Jasmine and Aladdin

Sophomore Jasmine Evans and the Harvard women's basketball team hope to put together consecutive wins for the first time since the season's second game.

The Harvard women’s basketball team has literally had a season of ups and downs.

The Crimson (5-3) has alternated wins and losses over the past seven games after starting the campaign with an encouraging win at Maine. Harvard then traveled to the Navy Classic where the Crimson won the first game against Oral Roberts and then dropped its matchup against host Navy. The road trip continued—this time in-state—as Harvard paid a visit to Boston University and snapped out of the one-game losing streak, only to return to it at Holy Cross. Finally, the Crimson enjoyed home-court advantage for the first time this year on Dec. 3 with a comfortable victory over Hartford. But four days later, an aggressive Florida squad handily beat Harvard, which was on the road once again. Yesterday’s home win over New Hampshire followed the same “rollercoaster” pattern that has yet to end.

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