After a successful regular season, the Harvard women's volleyball team will be seeking its biggest prize of the year this weekend--the Ivy League crown.
The Crimson (17-11, 5-2 Ivy) will travel to Dartmouth this afternoon to compete against the rest of the conference. The double-elimination tournament, which ends Sunday afternoon, will determine both the league champion and the team that will represent the Ivy in the NCAA tournament.
"We basically want to go in there this weekend and give each team that we meet our best game," co-captain Kristen Schaeffer said. "Before every game, we always talk about how we're going to play the other team, and we always believe that we should give them our best."
Seeded third at the tournament, Harvard is ranked below top-seed Princeton (18-5) and second-seeded Brown (13-10), two teams with identical 6-1 Ivy records.
On October 15th, The Crimson handed the Tigers their only Ivy loss of the season. Harvard convincingly demolished Princeton in three easy games, 15-8, 15-12, 15-12. During the match, co-captain Linda Jellison had 18
kills, and freshman setter Mindy Jellin orchestrated a multifaceted
Harvard offense by assisting on 45 points.
Following the graduation of Crimson stars Melissa Forcum '99 and Kate Nash '99, Jellin and her fellow freshmen have given the Crimson a much-needed boost this season. Jellin, who at 5'8 has a height advantage over most setters, has taken over Nash's role by settling in as the team's quarterback. Freshman outside hitter Liz Cebron, who possesses a powerful serve, has also enjoyed a successful first season.
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