Volleyball Falls in Straight Sets to Yale

Christine Wu set a new season-high for digs with 499 as the Crimson fell to Yale, 3-0 (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team fell to rival Yale in three sets at the Malkin Athletic Center on Friday night. Taylor Docter led the way for the Crimson with 10 kills, but it wasn't enough as the Crimson dropped to 11-12 and 4-9 in the conference. 

Harvard and Yale (18-5, 12-1 Ivy League) traded points in the first set, but it was the Bulldogs who pulled ahead early with a 9-7 lead after scoring three straight. The teams continued to battle and found themselves tied six more times before Yale took the final advantage. Mollie Rogers recorded four kills down the stretch as the Bulldogs edged Harvard, 25-20, for a 1-0 lead.

Yale started fast in the second set, jumping out to a quick 8-3 advantage. Harvard mounted a comeback after trailing by as many as nine points as a Docter kill made it 21-17. The Bulldogs scored the next four points, however, to close out the set, 25-17.

The strong play from Yale continued in the third set as the Bulldogs jumped out to a commanding 14-6 lead. Harvard fought hard toto mount a comeback, but Yale staved off the Crimsonto take match point, 25-13.

Docter's 10 kills led the offensive charge for the Crimson, with Teresa Skelly and Kristen Casey scoring seven apiece. Christine Wu, who made history last weekend by moving into second place in the Ancient Eight record books for career digs, posted 16 digs on the night. Wu has recorded 499 digs this season, marking a new career high which ranks second in Harvard history. Katherine Kocurek '10 set the single-season record in 2007 with 520 digs.

Mollie Rogers tallied a match-high 17 kills for Yale while Allie Frappier added 11.

Harvard will close out its 2011 campaign on Saturday night when it hosts Brown at the Malkin Athletic Center at 7 p.m. Saturday's match will serve as Senior Night for the Crimson, with co-captains Wu and Sandra Lynne Fryhofer being honored prior to first serve.