Trio of Crimson Notch Double-Doubles as Women's Volleyball Loses to Princeton, 3-2

Trio of Crimson Notch Double-Doubles as Women's Volleyball Loses to Princeton, 3-2

Schmidt matched her career-highs in both assists and digs Friday against Princeton (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taylor Docter, Beth Kinsella and Hannah Schmidt each tallied a double-double despite the Harvard women's volleyball team falling in five to Princeton Friday at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Tigers took the match by set scores of 25-23, 22-25, 24-26, 25-21 and 15-8.

Docter finished her night with 18 kills and 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the year. The senior captain also recorded two aces, moving her into seventh place on Harvard's all-time list with 92. She is now just one shy of matching assistant coach Christine Wu's '12 total of 93 aces for sixth place.

Kinsella set season-highs with 31 assists and 15 digs for her first double-double of the year while Schmidt notched her third double-double and matched her season-highs of 24 assists and 12 digs. Kathleen Wallace hit .406 with 14 kills with Erin Cooney and Caroline Walters each notching nine kills.

Princeton (5-7, 2-0 Ivy League) was led by the duo or Kendall Peterkin and Lydia Rudnick who combined for 52 of the Tigers' 76 kills. Peterkin scored a match-high 27 kills while hitting .404 with Rudnick adding 25 kills and 14 digs.

The first set featured 14 tied scores and four lead changes, but it was Princeton who eventually prevailed with a 25-23 victory. A kill by Walters put Harvard (3-10, 0-2 Ivy League) up 23-22 before the momentum swung with three straight points by the Tigers to steal the win.

The Crimson pulled out to a 6-2 lead early in the second but found itself tied 18-18 heading into the stretch run. A kill by Docter and ace by Wallace regained a two-point edge for Harvard, 20-18, and a kill by Jennifer Shults put the set away, 25-22.

Harvard was forced to play from behind in the third after trailing by as many as six points, 20-14. A 5-1 stretch which featured two kills by Walters pulled the Crimson to within two, 21-19. The Tigers held set point, 24-22, but a four-point run which was punctuated by kills from Docter and Holte gave the Crimson the frame, 26-24.

 The fourth set was a back-and-forth affair which included 15 tied scores and five lead changes. A Docter kill momentarily gave Harvard an 11-9 edge before Princeton regained the advantage, 14-13. With the Crimson again on top, 20-19, the Tigers finished the frame on a 6-1 run to steal the set, 25-21.

Princeton led for the duration of the fifth set, opening as much as an eight-point lead, 12-4, and took match point, 15-8.

Harvard returns to action tomorrow when it hosts Penn at 5 p.m. at the Malkin Athletic Center.