Volleyball Holds off Stony Brook for Second Win of the Season

Photo of Lily Durwood and Anne Carroll Ingersoll courtesy of Gil Talbot.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women’s volleyball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 3-1 win over Stony Brook Saturday afternoon at the Malkin Athletic Center. Three Crimson players recorded double digits kills and double-digit digs in Harvard’s 25-19, 25-23, 20-25, 25-18 victory.

Freshman Taylor Docter led the way for the second straight game with 13 kills, while sophomore Anne Carroll Ingersoll recorded 13 and junior Mikaelle Comrie posted 12. Sophomore libero Christine Wu had 23 digs, while senior setter Lily Durwood register 47 assists and 14 digs.

Harvard trailed early in the first set falling behind 3-0. The Crimson slowly worked its way back into the set, tying the score at 8-8 on a Durwood ace. The two teams battled back and forth for the next four points to make it 10-10. Harvard scored five straight to pull away and increased its lead to as many as seven late in the set. Comrie scored four kills in the first set as Harvard had 12 kills on 35 attempts to hit .314 for the set.

Docter collected six kills in the second stanza as Harvard pulled away from a 4-4 tie to take a 13-9 lead. The Crimson increased the advantage to six, 18-12 on two kills from Comrie, another from Docter and a an attack error on Stony Brook. The Seawolves called a timeout and won the next point, but Harvard used three more swings from Docter to take a 21-15 lead. The visiting team won eight on the next 10 points to pull within 22-21. The Crimson put the next point on the board, but sided out on its next play. An attack error on the Seawolves gave the Crimson set point, but Stony Brook got a big swing from Harmonie Calinda to hold on. But Harvard had the last word when Ingersoll found Stony Brook territory for the winning point.

The Seawolves took an early and the Crimson had to play catch up for the rest of the set. Harvard wouldn’t let its opponent get too far ahead as Stony Brook ‘s largest lead was four at 19-15. The Crimson won four of the next five points to come within 21-20. The Seawolves won the final five points to keep themselves in the match.

The fourth set was all Crimson as Harvard led by as many as eight, 17-9. Ingersoll had five kills and Comrie added four to help the Crimson pull away and maintain the lead. Stony Brook made a run late in the contest, but errored on match point giving the Crimson the victory.

Harmonie Calinda led the Seawolves with 21 kills, while Jeannette Gibbs posted 17 digs. Stony Brook held the advantage in kills, 58-53; digs, 77-72; team blocks, 11-9; and hitting .236-.219. Harvard had eight aces in the win, while the Seawolves had six.

The Crimson meets unbeaten Toledo this evening in the final contest of the 2009 Harvard Invitational. First served is scheduled for 7 p.m.