Corie Bain is one of the best—if not the singular best—player in the history of Harvard women’s volleyball.
Losses, especially against Ivy League rivals, are hardly ever motivating. But coming off a close five-set loss against conference-leading Princeton last weekend, Harvard will be hungry to win against two other Ancient Eight opponents on the road trip of the season.
While freshman Bente van Vlijmen took home Athlete of the Week honors after leading the field hockey team to an Ivy League-clinching victory over the weekend, three other Crimson student-athletes had especially notable performances, earning this week’s Athlete of the Week runners-up honors.
After winning last week’s contest against Dartmouth to open the second half of its conference slate, the Crimson was unable to keep the momentum rolling, dropping both of its weekend games and officially falling out of contention for the Ivy League title after earning a share of the top spot the last two seasons.
After a tough five-set loss at the hands of Cornell capped last weekend’s slate of Ivy League competition, the Harvard women’s volleyball team got right back on track on Friday night. The Crimson dropped the first set to Dartmouth in the Malkin Athletic Center, but responded by taking the next three to send the Big Green back to Hanover winless.
Over the past two years, the Harvard women’s volleyball team has dug itself into early-season holes, only to go on to win a share of the Ivy League championship both times.
While freshman standout Bente van Vlijmen earned Athlete of the Week honors for her three-goal weekend performance on the field hockey pitch, other Crimson athletes had solid games of their own.
In a match between what could pan out to be the top two teams in the Ancient Eight, the Crimson handily beat the Big Green in three straight sets.
When it comes to gaining a bid to the NCAA Tournament, the Harvard women's volleyball team's chances of doing so at-large are slim. So, in the broad scheme of things, the results of its pre-Ivy League games did not matter. That all changes on Friday.
Sophomore Christina Cornelius spikes a ball during the Crimson’s 3-0 victory against Columbia on November 7, 2015. Without its four graduated seniors, the team will rely on all of its returning and new members, and especially Cornelius and co-captain Corie Bain to lead the team’s attack as it looks to snap its losing streak.