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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team bounced back after dropping the first set to record its second consecutive home conference win, downing Cornell 3-1 Saturday night at the Malkin Athletic Center. Harvard improves to 5-11 overall and 2-2 in conference play while the Big Red slips to 3-10 and 1-3 in the Ivy League.
Harvard crept out to a 9-8 lead to open the match but a 5-1 run by Cornell swung the 13-10 edge to the guests. After a Crimson timeout, the Big Red kept the pressure up, taking a 21-15 lead and serving out the first set for a 25-17 win.
Deveney Pula started the second with three strong serves to help the guests out to a 3-0 lead but the Crimson answered with a 7-1 run through the middle of the set to take a 16-12 lead, thanks in large part to some key serving by Christine Wu. The Big Red responded, taking a late 23-22 lead, but the hosts held tight and an Anne Carroll Ingersoll and Teresa Skelly blocking assist closed set two in favor of the Crimson, 25-23.
The momentum stayed with Harvard as it jumped out to an 8-3 lead to start the third. Harvard maintained a healthy lead through the middle of the game but Cornell closed the gap to one at 21-20 and struck even with the Crimson on a Harvard attack error. The teams traded points up to 24-24 but a Beth Kinsella kill gave Harvard a 25-24 lead and the Crimson closed out the third set on a marathon point to take a 2-1 match lead.
Harvard kept its foot on the gas through the entire fourth set, jumping out to a 12-4 lead and never looked back en route to a 25-18 set win and a 3-1 match victory.
Docter led all Harvard hitters for the second night in a row, totaling 13 kills and hitting .314 for the match. She also added two blocks and six digs on the night. Beth Kinsella had a career night, dishing out 43 helpers in the win and Ingersoll contributed 12 kills and three blocks. Skelly finished a strong performance with six blocks. Madeline Przybyl led the Big Red with 12 kills and Jordan Reeder added 34 assists for the guests.
The Crimson takes to the road next weekend, continuing conference action with matches at Princeton (Oct. 15) and Penn (Oct. 16).