Women's Volleyball Goes the Distance but Falls in Five at New Hampshire

Women's Volleyball Goes the Distance but Falls in Five at New Hampshire

The Crimson went to five sets for just the second time this season Tuesday night at New Hampshire (OAC).

DURHAM, N.H. – The Harvard women's volleyball team saw two student-athletes record a double-double and three reach double-digits in kills despite falling in five sets Tuesday night at New Hampshire. The Wildcats took the match by scores of 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-25 and 15-12.

Taylor Docter notched her fourth double-double of the year with 16 kills and 10 digs while matching her career-high of five aces at the service line. Hannah Schmidt, meanwhile, tallied her second double-double in as many matches, finishing the evening with 15 assists and 12 digs.

Kathleen Wallace added 14 kills and hit .345 for the match with Erin Cooney adding 10 kills and four block assists. Natalie Doyle and Kristen Casey each recorded 17 digs as Beth Kinsella dished out 29 assists. New Hampshire (7-8) was led by Morgan Thatcher who scored a match-high 22 kills and eight digs.

Harvard (2-8) got off to a strong start with a win in set one despite trailing 19-16 late. The Crimson held a 12-8 advantage early after a Caroline Walters kill and Docter ace, but a 5-1 run put UNH out in front. Harvard responded with four straight points and regained the lead, 20-19, on a Cooney and Walter block before a block from Cooney and Caroline Holte gave the visitors the frame.

New Hampshire responded with wins in both the second and third sets, holding the Crimson to a combined .184 hitting percentage. Harvard turned in the tides in the fourth set, however, using an 8-0 run which included two kills from Docter and two Kinsela aces to force the match to five.

The Wildcats came out quickly in the final frame, opening a 9-1 margin en route to match point.

Harvard returns to action Friday, Sept. 28 when it travels to Hanover, N.H. to take on Dartmouth at 7 p.m. in both team's Ivy League opener.