Harvard Spoils Penn's Unbeaten Season With 3-2 Win Friday Night

Photo of Taylor Docter courtesy of Gil Talbot.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Freshman Taylor Docter led the Crimson with 13 kills and seven blocks as the Harvard women’s volleyball team handed Ivy League champion Penn its first conference loss of the season Friday night at The Palestra with a 3-2 win. Harvard won, 25-22, 12-25, 27-25, 25-16, 15-10. The Crimson (12-12, 8-5 Ivy League) snapped a nine-match losing streak against the Quakers (20-5, 11-1 Ivy)with its first victory since 2004.

Docter was one of three Crimson players in double-digit kills as junior Mikaelle Comrie posted 12 kills and sophomore Sandra Lynne Fryhofer added 10. Senior Lily Durwood spread out the offense as she posted 47 assists. Sophomore Anne Carroll Ingersoll added seven kills and five blocks in the win. Defense played a major factor in the win as three players registered double-digit digs. Sophomore Christine Wu led the way with 24, followed by senior co-captain Chelsea Ono Horn with 17 and senior Katherine Kocurek with 12.

The Crimson’s play at the net and Penn’s misfortune serving (10 service errors) helped Harvard earn victory. The Crimson out blocked the Quakers, 12-6. Penn held the advantage in kill, 82-50, and digs, 98-75. Harvard hit .304 in the fifth set with no attack errors to seal the victory.

Harvard faces Princeton tomorrow at 4 p.m. in a fight for third place in the league standings. The Tigers held off Dartmouth Friday night, 3-2, to improve to 8-4 in Ancient Eight action and remain a half match ahead of the Crimson. Princeton will play Penn next Wednesday in its season finale.