Strong Defense Propels Women's Volleyball to 3-1 Win Over Penn
Christine Wu moved into fourth place on the Ivy League's all-time digs list as the Crimson defeated Penn, 3-1 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team turned in a solid defensive performance to take down Penn Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center, 3-1.
Christine Wu led the defensive efforts with a match-high 25 digs as the Crimson (11-8, 4-5 Ivy League) held Penn (6-13, 2-7 Ivy League) to a .085 hitting percentage, the second lowest hitting percentage by a Harvard opponent this season. Wu moved into fourth place in the Ivy League record books for career digs in the process and now stands at 1,734.
Four Crimson student-athletes recorded double-digit digs on the evening, including Taylor Docter and Natalie Doyle who each turned in a double-double. Docter matched her season high with 18 kills and dug 15 balls for her first double-double of the year while Doyle notched 18 assists and 13 digs for her sixth. Kristen Casey tallied 21 digs, seven kills and four blocks.
The Crimson opened an 8-2 lead in the first set behind a pair of Fryhofer blocks. The Quakers evened the score at 18 following an 8-3 stretch but a kill by Casey and block from Casey and Fryhofer regained a 23-19 edge for Harvard. Caroline Walters earned set point for the Crimson, 25-20.
The teams traded the lead twice and found themselves tied five times in a back and forth second set. Penn pulled ahead 19-17 after trailing early and held a 23-21 edge following a Crimson service error. Harvard rallied to tie the score at 23 and earned set point, 26-24, following a Docter kill and Wu service ace.
Penn forced a fourth set with a 25-22 win in the third, but could not maintain its momentum as Harvard took an 8-4 lead. The Crimson led by as many as nine points in the frame, 17-8, and earned match point with a Docter kill, 25-20.
Kristen Etterbeek, Amanda Pacheco and Emma White each recorded 11 kills for the Quakers. Etterbeek and White notched 17 digs and 15 digs, respectively, for a double-double while Meghan Connolly tallied 38 assists and 16 digs.
Harvard returns to action at the MAC tomorrow against Princeton at 5:00 p.m. Fans can watch the match live online through GoCriminson.com by clicking here, or can follow the action via live stats by clicking here.