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Women's Volleyball Falls in Five at Cornell, 3-2

Three Crimson tallied double-digit kills in Harvard's 3-2 loss at Cornell (Gil Talbot).

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard women's volleyball team went to five sets for a seventh time in 2011 but came away on the wrong end of a 3-2 decision at Cornell on Saturday.

Three Crimson (11-11, 4-8 Ivy League) recorded double-digit kills on the evening with Taylor Docter's 16 leading the way. Docter also notched 16 digs, giving the junior her second double-double of the year. Sandra Lynne Fryhofer and Teresa Skelly finished the match with 13 kills apiece while Natalie Doyle recorded her seventh double-double with 19 assists and 15 digs. Christine Wu and Kelsey Beck led the defensive efforts with 21 digs and 18 digs, respectively.

Harvard got off to a quick start by taking a 3-0 lead but found itself tied with the Big Red (5-19, 3-9 Ivy League) at 13 midway through the first set. The Crimson never trailed, however, after a 3-0 spurt put the team on top 19-16. A block by Docter and Fryhofer earned set point, 25-21.

Cornell took the second set by a score of 25-17 and edged the Crimson, 25-22, in the third. Harvard led 15-13 after a Kristen Casey kill but the Big Red outscored the visitor 12-7 down the stretch.

Harvard fought its way back into the match with a 25-23 victory in the fourth. Cornell held a 12-9 advantage at the midway point before a block by Caroline Walters and Fryhofer evened the frame at 12. Trailing 22-21, the Crimson scored three straight points for a 24-22 margin and took set point on a Skelly kill.

The fifth set came down to the wire as the two teams found themselves tied at 10 in the race to 15. Cornell took a 13-10 advantage with three consecutive kills but a pair of kills by Fryhofer helped the Crimson pull to within one, 14-13. Cornell took match point on the ensuing serve, however, 15-13.

Kelly Marble and Janel Forte led the Cornell attack with 19 kills and 18 kills, respectively. Meagan Tatum added 16 kills while Madeline Przybyl turned in 11.

The Crimson will conclude its 2011 schedule with a pair of matches at the Malkin Athletic Center Nov. 11-12. Harvard will first take to the court against Yale on Friday at 7 p.m. and will celebrate Senior Night on Saturday versus Brown at 5 p.m.