The Crimson rallied from a loss in the first set behind career-nights for Docter and Holte.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior captain Taylor Docter entered the Harvard top-10 for career kills, and freshman Caroline Holte set a new career-high with nine blocks as the Harvard women's volleyball team defeated Dartmouth, 3-1, Friday night at home.
Docter notched her 10th double-double of the season on a match-best 15 kills and 15 digs, while Schmidt had 15 digs and 20 assists for Harvard (8-11, 5-3 Ivy League). Docter is now tied with Katie Turley-Molony '07 for 10th on Harvard's career kill list with 922. Erin Cooney and Kathleen Wallace registered 12 and 10 kills, respectively, in a balanced offensive effort. Kristen Casey paced the Crimson defense with a match-high 16 digs, and Beth Kinsella dished out 24 assists.
Only junior Elisa Scudder finished in double-digits for kills (13) for Dartmouth (2-16, 1-7 Ivy League), while Kayden Cook dished out 35 assists.
Harvard found itself in an early hole in the first set, trailing 20-14. The Crimson used a 6-3 run to climb within three, but a block by Scudder and Cook made the score 24-20. An attack error by Paige Caridi and block by Jennifer Shults and Holte helped Harvard briefly hold off the Big Green, but Schmidt's service error gave Dartmouth the 25-22 win.
Fueled by six blocks and five kills from Docter, the Crimson never trailed and routed Dartmouth, 25-13, in the second stanza. Holte broke an 8-8 tie with a solo stuff and then teamed up with Wallace for two consecutive blocks as part of the 17-5 Crimson run that evened the match.
The third frame was a back-and-forth affair that featured 10 ties and five lead changes. Harvard held a 10-7 lead, but Alex Schoenberger scored a kill to knot the set at 11. A Wallace kill gave Harvard a 17-16 edge it would never relinquish, as Docter sealed the 25-20 victory with a kill.
The Crimson led throughout the fourth set, and Cooney tallied five kills to help Harvard notch its fifth victory in six matches. An attack error by Schoenberger gave Harvard an early 11-6 advantage, but a five-point barrage capped off by a Schoenberger kill pulled the Big Green to within one. Cooney scored two-straight kills and Holte chipped in one to give the Crimson breathing room. Walters and Cooney registered a block, and Wallace scored a kill for match-point to seal the 25-20 win in the fourth frame.
The Crimson looks to make it four in a row in a pair next weekend in a pair of conference road matches. Harvard takes on Penn Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and Princeton Oct. 27 at 5 p.m.