Columbia Squeezes Past Women’s Volleyball, 3-2

Comrie chipped in 14 kills against the Lions (Gil Talbot). 

After squaring the match at two sets apiece, the Harvard women's volleyball team fell just short in the final set, dropping a 3-2 decision to Columbia Saturday night at Levien Gym. Harvard now stands at 4-6 in conference play and 7-15 overall while the Lions up their record to 6-4 in league action and 14-6 overall.

The score stayed close in the early going of the opening set with Columbia clinging to a slim lead for most of the set. Up 20-15, the Lions went on a 5-1 run to seal the opening set. The hosts jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second set but Harvard quickly swung the lead back in its favor at 6-5 and again at 17-16. Columbia got to within one point at 22-23 but an Anne Carroll Ingersoll kill pushed Harvard to a 25-22 set win.

Columbia took a 7-2 lead to start the third and held tight to the lead through the set, taking the set by a score of 25-17. With the score tied at 17-17 in the fourth, Harvard put together an 8-2 run, riding kills by Sandra Lynne Fryhofer and Taylor Docter to a 25-19 set win, pushing the match to a deciding fifth set. Clinging to a 13-11 lead, Harvard got to within one at 13-12 and against at 14-13 but a kill by Cindy Chen sealed the 3-2 match win for the Lions.

Fryhofer and Mikaelle Comrie each recorded 16 kills for the Crimson with Fryhofer hitting .517 for the match and adding thre blocks on the night. Ingersoll and Teresa Skellyeach chipped in 10 kills in the game and Beth Kinsella dished out 51 helpers. Megan Gaughn led all hitters with 18 kills for Columbia and Madeline Rumer chipped in 14 in the win.

The Crimson will participate in its final road weekend next weekend, traveling to take on Brown Friday and Yale Saturday.