Comrie (left), Ingersoll and the Crimson have won three of their last four home games (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Three players registered double-digit kills, Christine Wu notched 23 digs and Beth Kinsella posted a double double as the Harvard volleyball team defeated Brown, 3-1 (26-24, 22-25, 25-17, 25-13), Saturday evening at the Malkin Athletic Center.
The Crimson (6-14, 3-5 Ivy League) dominated the final two sets after the teams split two close sets to start out. Anne Carroll Ingersoll led all players with 16 kills and had six digs and four blocks. Mikaelle Comrie added 11 kills, while Sandra Lynne Fryhofer recorded 10 kills on just 17 swings for a .529 hitting percentage. Harvard hit .279 as a team.
Kinsella registered 43 assists and 11 digs. Teresa Skelly led all players with five blocks, and Fryhofer had four, one solo, as Harvard limited Brown (7-13, 1-7) to .177 hitting. Emma Pastore paced the Bears with 12 kills, while Alexandra Rieckhoff logged 33 assists.
The teams battled neck-and-neck through the first 20 points of the match, but a Skelly kill gave Harvard an 11-10 lead and started an 8-0 run. The Bears fought back and later won three straight points to tie the first set at 24-24. The Crimson sealed the set win with an Ingersoll kill and a block by Comrie and Fryhofer.
The second set remained close until Brown won three straight points to take control at 23-20 and went on to a two-point win. Harvard bounced back quickly, going up by an 8-3 count before cruising to an eight-point win in the third set.
Up 19-12 in the fourth set, the Crimson reeled off kills on five straight points and six of the final seven. Comrie had the first two kills in that run before finishing the match with another. Harvard hit for a .382 percentage in the final set, connecting on half of its 34 attempts.