As the women's volleyball team won a share of the Ivy League title, the men's team was at home following along through the Ivy League Digital Network. The men and women try and go to each of the other team's games, even working the games when the players are in off-season.
The men's and women's volleyball teams share a gym, a lot of physical height, and an assistant coach in Jeff Aucoin, but they also share a mutual love for each other that bonds the two programs even beyond their shared sport. This unique connection permeates classes and continues to grow as new athletes join the teams.
At the heart of the excitement and drama lies a rivalry that stretches back a century and a half. Although football may be the most salient part of this competition, the rivalry is a tradition between Harvard and Yale that runs deeper than the gridiron.
Freshman middle blocker Christina Cornelius, pictured above in action against Columbia on Nov. 17, had eight kills and five digs in the Crimson’s four-set loss to Nebraska in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
For one set, the Harvard women’s volleyball team went toe-to-toe with a top five team in the country on the college game’s biggest stage.
Justice Shelton-Moseley took advantage of the big stage, as he delivered several game-changing plays at the Yale Bowl on Saturday, but several other Crimson athletes had performances that were just as commendable.
Thanks to a team-high .500 kill percentage and nine kills from freshman middle blocker Christina Cornelius, pictured above against Columbia on Nov. 7, the Crimson earned the Ivy NCAA bid with a four-set victory over Princeton.
While Harvard students filed down to New Haven for the 132th rendition of The Game, the women’s volleyball team stayed behind Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center to take down Princeton, 3-1, to end the Tigers’ season and send the Crimson to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
Although many Crimson supporters will be wholly focused upon “The Game” between the Harvard and Yale football teams this coming weekend, there are a few other Crimson squads that have competitions this weekend with major NCAA implications.
No one likes sharing. But when it comes to the co-owning the Ivy League title, the Harvard women’s volleyball team probably isn’t too upset about it.
Whether they’re kicking off a season, in the midst of one, or drawing it to a close, several Harvard teams are playing key matchups that you’ll want to keep an eye on this weekend.
Led by co-captains Caroline Holte and Hannah Schmidt, the Crimson (13-9, 9-3 Ivy) swept both games this weekend, beating conference opponents Columbia (7-14, 5-7) and Cornell (6-16, 2-10) in straight sets.
As some teams near the end of their seasons and others look to start with a bang, this weekend at Harvard will have a host of worthwhile games to follow.
With just three games remaining and in control of the Ivy League, Harvard women's volleyball looks to sweep Columbia and Cornell to stay in atop the Ancient Eight.
While Harvard split its games, beating the Quakers on Friday and falling to the Tigers on Saturday, Dartmouth faltered against both opponents to leave the Crimson with sole possession of first in the conference.