Women's Volleyball Falls in Five to Penn, 3-2
Bain recorded her fifth triple-double as the Crimson fell in five to Penn (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRDIGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team suffered a setback Saturday evening as Penn defeated the Crimson in five at the Malkin Athletic Center, 17-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-13 and 18-16.
Corinne Bain paced Harvard (13-8, 8-4 Ivy League) with her fifth triple-double of the year, scoring 14 kills, 25 assists and 13 digs. The freshman finished the night with a .303 hitting percentage and matched her career-high with four blocks. Kathleen Wallace and Grace Weghorst each chipped in 13 kills, with Weghorst adding 11 digs for her third double-double.
The Crimson's defense played well against Penn's (14-9, 8-4 Ivy League) offense, combining for 14 blocks to hold the Quakers to a .170 hitting percentage. Caroline Holte registered seven blocks to lead the way with Caroline Walters contributing six. Kristen Casey recorded a team-high 19 digs.
The loss snapped a six-match win streak for the Crimson at home and pulled Penn even with Harvard for second place in the Ancient Eight standings. Three Quakers recorded a double-double in the victory including Alexis Genske who notched 20 kills and 12 digs.
Penn opened a 6-3 lead to open the first before Harvard charged back to go on top, 9-7, off a Weghorst kill. The Quakers tied the score up at 14 before a Walters strike was followed by two Wallace kills for a 17-14 edge. A 4-0 stretch pushed Harvard's lead to 22-16, and a block by Walters and Bain put the set away, 25-17.
The second set was tight from beginning to end as the teams found themselves deadlocked down the stretch, 22-22. Penn found the upper hand, however, and scored three straight points to even the match, 25-22.
Harvard came out of the intermission quickly and opened a 17-10 advantage midway through the third. Weghorst scored a pair of aces to begin a 6-1 run which led to the seven-point margin, with Walters and Wallace adding a block. A 6-0 stretch which included kills from Erin Cooney and Bain moved the score to 23-16, and a Weghorst smash gave the Crimson set point, 25-19.
It was all Penn in the fourth as the Quakers used a 6-1 spurt to take a 21-11 lead en route to a 25-13 victory.
The fifth set mirrored the second as the teams traded points back-and-forth until the very end. Harvard held a two-point edge late, 13-11, but Penn came back to even the score at 15. With the Crimson leading 16-15 and holding serve, the Quakers earned a side-out to tie the score once again before scoring two straight points to earn match point, 18-16.
Prior to the match, Harvard celebrated the careers of its three graduating seniors; Cooney, Natalie Doyle and Teresa Skelly. The three have combined for a 27-16 record at home over the course of their careers and this year have helped the Crimson to eight Ivy League wins, the most for the program since 2004.
Harvard will be back in action next weekend as it wraps up the regular season on the road. The Crimson will first take the court at Columbia Friday, Nov. 15 before facing Cornell Saturday, Nov. 16 in the season finale.