PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women's volleyball team pushed Princeton to five sets Friday after trailing 2-0, but could not complete the comeback and fell to the Tigers 3-2. This marked the second straight match and fifth overall in which the Crimson have gone to five sets.
After a slow start the Crimson (7-5, 0-2 Ivy League) bounced back to win the third and fourth sets. It was Kristen Casey who led the charge in the third set, recording six of her 11 kills to help Harvard to a 25-21 victory. Harvard trailed 7-2 early in the frame but used a 5-0 run to even the score at 10. Casey gave the team its first lead at 12-11 and a block by Taylor Docter and Caroline Walters gave the Crimson a 19-14 edge. Princeton (9-5, 2-0 Ivy League) would pull to within one but a 5-2 run down the stretch gave the set to Harvard.
Docter and Tara MacLean carried the load as Harvard won 25-23 in set four, scoring five kills and four kills, respectively. The Tigers once again jumped out to a big lead and went ahead by as many as 10 points, 16-6, at the midway point. The Crimson chipped away at the lead, however, and tied the score at 20 following a 10-2 stretch. Docter finally put the Crimson on top, 22-21, and put the finishing touches on the victory with two kills in the final three points.
Harvard's rally came up short in the fifth set as Princeton pulled away for a 15-9 win. The Tigers took the first two sets by scores of 25-13 and 25-21.
Docter scored a match-high 18 kills, equaling her season-high set Sept. 13 in a 3-2 win over New Hampshire. The junior also chipped in six digs and four blocks. Casey turned in a solid performance with 11 kills, three aces and six digs while Erin Cooney notched 10 kills. Natalie Doyle dished out a career-best 51 assists to direct the Crimson offense and added 16 digs for her third career double-double.
Harvard resumes its road trip tomorrow with a 5:00 p.m. showdown at Penn. Fans unable to attend the match can follow all the action via live video and live stats by clicking here.