Docter Dominates as Women's Volleyball Sweeps Columbia

Docter Dominates as Women's Volleyball Sweeps Columbia

Docter turned in 21 kills against Columbia Saturday to help Harvard go 2-0 on its weekend roadtrip.

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Senior captain Taylor Docter tallied a match-best 21 kills, two shy of the career-high of 23 she notched at Dartmouth earlier this season, to lead the Harvard women's volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over Columbia Saturday at Levien Gym. The Crimson won by set scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-20.

Kathleen Wallace registered 12 kills, while Erin Cooney chipped in seven and hit a team-high .462 for Harvard (7-11, 4-3 Ivy League). Kristen Casey finished with a career-best 23 digs, and Caroline Walters tallied five total blocks to pace the Crimson defense. Hannah Schmidt and Beth Kinsella split the setting duties, dishing out 24 and 21 assists, respectively.

Bailey Springer led Columbia (9-7, 3-4 Ivy League) with 10 kills.

Columbia jumped out to an early advantage, 13-8, in the first set, but the Crimson used a 10-5 run to mount a comeback and tie the score at 18 on a kill by Docter. Walters registered a kill to give Harvard its first lead of the set, 19-18, as a back-and-forth finish ensued. With the frame knotted at 21, Wallace tallied a kill to give the Crimson an advantage it would not relinquish.

The second stanza remained close throughout, with neither side leading by more than two until Walters made the score 23-20 on a kill. An attack error by Wallace and a kill by Colleen Brennan brought the Lions within one, but Harvard took the set on a kill by Docter and a block by Walters and Docter.

The Crimson attack was most efficient in the third set, hitting .308 with just one error. Columbia tied the score twice early in the frame, but Harvard never trailed. Jennifer Shults scored a kill to ice the Crimson's fourth victory in its last five matches and put the team above.500 in conference play.

Harvard next takes on Dartmouth at home Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.