Women's Volleyball Drops Pair of Matches to Conclude Play at Hokie Invitational

Docter was named to the Hokie Invitational All-Tournament Team.

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Harvard women's volleyball team dropped a pair of matches on Saturday to conclude play in the Hokie Invitational. The Crimson lost to Virginia Tech, 3-0, in its first match of the day and was defeated by Towson, 3-0, in the nightcap.

Senior captain Taylor Docter was named to the Hokie Invitational All-Tournament team after averaging 2.82 kps and 2.18 dps for the weekend. She totaled 17 kills and 13 digs on Saturday to pace the Crimson on both sides of the net.

Virginia Tech (3-2) got off to a quick start against the Crimson and took the match by set scores of 25-12, 25-12 and 25-15. The Hokie's combined to hit .358 in the match while committing just 10 errors, led by Samantha Gostling's 10 kills. Harvard received six kills and six digs from Docter with freshman Caroline Holte adding four kills and two block assists.

The Crimson attempted to turn things around against Towson (6-2) in its second match of the day but was met with a similar result as the Tigers took the match, 25-18, 26-24, 25-16. The Harvard offense was again paced by Docter who notched 11 kills with seven digs. Teresa Skelly added seven kills while hitting .545 for the match and Caroline Walters tallied a career-high five total blocks. Three Tigers finished with double-digit kills, including Katy Buck and Dayane Van Ass who recorded 14 apiece.

Harvard returns to action next weekend at the Malkin Athletic Center as host of the Harvard Invitational. The Crimson will face Manhattan on Friday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. before taking on Providence (1 p.m.) and Northern Kentucky (7 p.m.), on Saturday, Sept. 8.