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Wu Digs Her Way Into Ivy League History

Christine Wu owns the Harvard career record for digs and now ranks second in Ivy League annals (OAC).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -
Christine Wu moved into second place in Ivy League history for career digs as the Harvard women's volleyball team fell at Columbia Friday night, 3-0.

Wu recorded 28 digs against the Lions, not only clinching the number two spot in Ancient Eight history but also setting a new career high for digs in a three set match. The senior has amassed 1,780 digs in her career, second only to the 2,141 digs recorded by Penn's Madison Wojciechowski. Wu, who broke the program record for career digs earlier this season, entered the contest ranked 18th in the NCAA in digs per set.

Freshman Kristen Casey led the Harvard attack with 14 kills and chipped in 11 digs for her seventh double-double of the year. Teresa Skelly and Taylor Docter tallied seven kills apiece.

Columbia (14-7, 8-3 Ivy League) stormed out to a 22-11 lead in the first set, but the Crimson (11-10, 4-7) closed the gap to 24-19 on an 8-3 run which was capped off by back-to-back kills by Skelly. Columbia scored on the next serve however, to take the set 25-19.

It was Harvard that held the early advantage in the second set as Docter extended the lead to 9-6. The teams would trade points through much of the set, but the Lions' Megan Gaughn scored a decisive kill for a 23-22 edge. Columbia fed off that momentum and scored the next two points to close out the set, 25-22.

The Lions came out on the attack in the third set, earning a 12-5 advantage early on. The Crimson pulled to within 15-11 off a kill by Casey, but the Lions maintained a steady attack and outlasted the Crimson to earn match point, 25-20.

Gaughn led the Columbia attack with 11 kills while Cindy Chen and Madeline Rumer chipped in eight each.

The Crimson will be back in action Saturday, Nov. 5 against Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y. at 5 p.m.