Holte recorded a career-high eight blocks as the Crimson totaled a season-high 15 against Brown (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team entered play Friday night ranked third in the Ivy League in blocks and proceeded to total 15 en route to a 3-0 sweep of Brown at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson took the match by set scores of 25-19, 25-12 and 25-21.
Harvard's (5-10, 2-2 Ivy League) 15 blocks were the most since notching 17 in a 3-2 win over Georgia State last year and the second-highest total overall since 2008. Freshman Caroline Holte led the way with a career-high eight, the most in a three-set match since 2008, while classmate Kathleen Wallace matched her career-high with five. Caroline Walters and Jennifer Shults each added four total blocks with Taylor Docter and Erin Cooney tallying three apiece. Brown's (4-10, 0-4 Ivy League) .087 hitting percentage was the third lowest total for a Harvard opponent this season.
Docter led the attack with nine kills as Wallace notched eight. Holte and Walters each recorded six kills while hitting .625 and .500, respectively. Brown's Maddie Lord scored a match-high 10 kills in the losing effort.
Brown took a quick 5-1 lead in the first set but the Crimson rallied to even the score at six on a block by Wallace and Holte. Harvard later went on a 4-0 run which included three more blocks for a 10-8 lead, and eventually extended its advantage to 19-15 on yet another Wallace and Holte stuff. Docter recorded set point for Harvard, 25-19, as the Crimson finished the frame with seven total blocks.
Harvard jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second and never looked back, moving the margin to 15-3 with an 8-0 run. The stretch included four aces from junior Natalie Doyle, who finished the night with a career-high five, and Wallace eventually gave the Crimson set point, 25-12.
The third set was close early with the Crimson using a 4-0 spurt to gain a 7-6 advantage. The Bears came back to tie the frame at nine before a 6-0 jaunt by Harvard opened a 15-9 margin. Brown kept it close down the stretch and trailed by just two, 23-21, but a service error and kill by Walters sealed the victory for the Crimson, 25-21.
Harvard returns to the hardwood tomorrow as it hosts Yale at 5 p.m. at the MAC.