Women's Volleyball Opens New England Challenge With Straight Set Loss at UConn

Women's Volleyball Opens New England Challenge With Straight Set Loss at UConn

Cooney hit .438 and added four block assists Friday night at UConn (OAC).

STORRS, Conn. – The Harvard women's volleyball team opened the inaugural New England Challenge Friday night at the University of Connecticut on the wrong end of a 3-0 score. The Huskies took the match by set scores of 27-25, 25-17 and 25-10.

Taylor Docter notched her third double-double of the year to pace Harvard (2-5) as she finished the night with 12 kills and 10 digs. Erin Cooney hit .438 with seven kills and four block assists, while Kristen Casey led the defensive efforts with 21 digs. Beth Kinsella and Hannah Schmidt split the setting duties once again, tallying 14 assists and 13 assists, respectively.

UConn (7-5) was led by Mattison Quayle who turned in 13 kills and Erika Thomas who tallied 10 kills to go along with nine total blocks. Marissa Prinzbach dished out 38 assists with Kelsey Maving adding 26 digs.

The first set featured 11 tied scores and six lead changes but it was the Huskies who would prevail, 27-25. UConn jumped out to a 4-0 lead before a kill by Docter capped off a 3-0 run for the Crimson to tie the score at nine. Harvard took its first lead, 14-13, off a block by Teresa Skelly and Caroline Walters and led 18-15 following a Kathleen Wallace kill. UConn was able to regain the lead with a 4-0 run, 19-18, and held on down the stretch for the victory.

With the second set tied at four, the Huskies rattled off five straight points to take a 9-4 lead which they would not relinquish en route to a 25-17 win. UConn also held the lead for nearly the entire third set and used a late 10-1 to secure the match, 25-10.

Harvard will return to action tomorrow on day two of the New England Challenge. The Crimson will first face Northeastern at 11 a.m. and will conclude the tournament against Boston College at 5 p.m. Both matches will be played at Northeastern's Cabot Center.