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Women's Volleyball Wins Sixth Straight at Home in Straight Sets Over Princeton

Women's Volleyball Wins Sixth Straight at Home in Straight Sets Over Princeton

Schmidt registered her fourth straight double-double as the Crimson topped Princeton, 3-0 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team rolled to a straight set victory over Princeton Friday night, earning the win by set scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-22.

Harvard improved to 13-7 with the win and is now 8-3 against the Ivy League, marking the program's highest win total in conference since securing the Ancient Eight title in 2004 at 10-4. The Crimson also improved to a program-best 9-1 at the Malkin Athletic Center and coupled with its earlier victory against the Tigers, earned its first yearly sweep of Princeton (8-13, 4-7 Ivy League) since 1996.

Harvard hit .330 against the Tigers defense led by 10-kill efforts from Kathleen Wallace and Grace Weghorst. Wallace, the reigning Ivy League Player of the Week, finished the evening with a .333 hitting percentage and added seven digs on the other side of the net. Corinne Bain totaled seven kills while hitting at a .583 clip, and turned in 20 assists and 15 digs for her team-leading 12th double-double of the year. Hannah Schmidt, meanwhile, came through with her seventh double-double as she notched 16 assists and 10 digs.

Princeton hung tough with Harvard in the first set until a Weghorst kill, Caroline Walters and Erin Cooney block, and Walters kill opened a 13-9 margin for the hosts. Another Weghorst kill which was followed by a pair of Tiger errors moved the score to 16-10. Princeton rallied to pull within one, 17-16, but Harvard bounced right back to go in front 22-19 before taking set point, 25-19, on back-to-back kills from Cooney and Walters.

Harvard used a 6-0 run which included three straight Bain kills to break open the second set, 12-6. The Crimson still led by six following another Cooney and Walters block, 18-12, and took a 22-15 edge on a Wallace kill. Strikes by Wallace and Weghorst gave Harvard a chance at set point, and Bain put the frame away, 25-18.

The Crimson was forced to play from behind the entire third set but found a way to prevail in the end. After trailing 5-1, Harvard eventually evened the score at 14 thanks to a 5-0 stretch punctuated by a Walters ace. Princeton went back in front, 17-14, before a 4-0 run capped off by a Walters block and Bain ace put the score at 22-20 in favor of the Crimson. The Tigers tied the score once again, 22-22, but after a Harvard timeout the Crimson rattled off three straight points to take the match, 25-22.

Harvard returns to the court tomorrow to host Penn at 5 p.m. in the team's final home match of the year. Prior to first serve, the Crimson's graduating class of Cooney, Natalie Doyle and Teresa Skelly will be honored with a special Senior Day ceremony.

ACADEMIC INTEGRATION & COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS