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Women's Volleyball Drops First Match at Aztec Invite, 3-1

Shults registered six kills to pace the Harvard attack (Gil Talbot).

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The Harvard women's volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season Friday night as San Diego State knocked off the Crimson, 3-1, on the first day of the Holiday Inn Mission Valley Aztec Invitational. Set scores were 18-25, 25-23, 20-25 and 25-15.

Kristen Casey and Jennifer Shults led the attack with six kills each, as Corinne Bain rattled off five kills and 14 assists. Bain also added seven digs and three blocks on the defensive side with Hannah Schmidt notching 14 assists and four digs.

Three Aztecs recorded double-digit kills led by Michelle Waber's 18-kill effort. Summer Nash added 15 kills while Emily Harris tallied 14 kills.

Harvard (2-1) held a brief 3-2 lead in the first set but a 12-5 run by San Diego State (4-3) let the Aztecs jump out in front, 16-12. SDSU finished off the set, 25-18.

Despite falling behind early, 5-3, Harvard rallied to take the second set, 25-23. The Crimson first took the lead, 8-7, before the Aztecs rallied to even the score at 11. The teams would remain close though the remainder of the set, until a kill by Shults put Harvard on top, 19-18. Casey gave the Crimson the set, 25-23.

Harvard stayed close with SDSU through the midway point of the third set before the Aztecs pulled away for a 25-20 victory. A quick start in the fourth set led to a 5-0 SDSU advantage, and the Aztecs remained out in front to score set point, 25-15.

Harvard will be back in action tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 14, against Southern Methodist and San Francisco.