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Women's Volleyball Runs Win Streak to Four With Sweep at Princeton

Bain registered her second straight triple-double as Harvard swept Princeton (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women's volleyball team ran its season-high win streak to four Saturday afternoon with a straight set victory at Princeton, 3-0. The victory came by set scores of 29-27, 25-22 and 25-19.

Freshman Corinne Bain recorded her third triple-double of the season and her second in as many nights with 10 kills, 22 assists and 10 digs. Bain's three triple-doubles are also the only three in program history.

Grace Weghorst complimented Bain with eight kills and three aces while Erin Cooney and Kathleen Wallace added seven kills apiece. Harvard (10-6, 5-2 Ivy League) finished the evening with a .280 hitting percentage, its highest in eight matches.

Kristen Casey totaled a team-high 11 digs with Cooney, Caroline Holte, Wallace and Caroline Walters notching two blocks apiece.

Princeton (6-11, 2-5 Ivy League) was led by Tiana Woolridge and Kendall Peterkin who recorded 10 kills and nine kills, respectively. The win was Harvard's first in Princeton since 2002 and broke a four-game winning streak for the Tigers against the Crimson.

Harvard fell into a 5-1 hole in the first set before rallying back with a 4-0 stretch for an 8-6 lead. An ace from Weghorst moved the score to 14-10, but an 8-3 run by Princeton put the home team back on top, 18-17. Trailing 23-20, the Crimson scored three straight points on a Holte kill, Casey ace and Tiger attack error to even the score at 23. Still tied, 27-27, Harvard took the first set off a Bain kill and another Princeton error, 29-27.

It was the Crimson who took an early lead in the second set, 10-5, following a 4-0 spurt which included kills from Walters and Bain. Strikes by Walters and Weghorst pushed Harvard's advantage to 14-7 at the midway point, but a 12-5 stretch by Princeton tied the score up at 19-19. The Crimson regained the momentum with a Princeton error and Walters ace, 21-19, and took set point off back-to-back kills from Cooney.

A 5-0 run to open the third put Harvard in control early, 7-2. The Tigers rallied to pull within one, 9-8, before a 5-1 stretch which included kills from Wallace and Bain and aces from Natalie Doyle and Walters regained a 14-9 edge for the Crimson. Princeton attempted another comeback and fought back to within two points of the leader, 17-15, but that run was ended by a Wallace kill and Schmidt ace for a 19-15 edge. Weghorst's final kill of the night gave the Crimson a chance at match point, and yet another Princeton error put the contest away, 25-19.

Harvard will remain on the road next weekend as it travels to Dartmouth Friday, Oct. 25 for a 7 p.m. showdown.