Women's Volleyball Falls in Three at Princeton

Women's Volleyball Falls in Three at Princeton

Cooney hit .545 with 12 kills Saturday evening at Princeton (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women's volleyball team suffered its second straight loss Saturday as Princeton downed the Crimson by set scores of 25-20, 29-27 and 25-22.

The Harvard (8-13, 5-5 Ivy League) offense registered a .322 hitting percentage, its second-highest mark of the year, and was once again led by Taylor Docter who turned in 15 kills. Erin Cooney registered 12 kills and a .545 hitting percentage while Caroline Walters notched eight kills, a .636 hitting percentage and five blocks. Beth Kinsella and Hannah Schmidt dished out 25 assists and 15 assists, respectively.

Kristen Casey recorded 13 digs and Natalie Doyle chipped in 11, but it was not enough as Princeton (11-9, 9-2 Ivy League) combined to hit .342 on the night. Lydia Rudnick scored a match-high 17 kills as Kendall Peterkin added 12.

Harvard came back from a four-point deficit in the first set to even the score at 15 on a block from Docter and Walters. Docter put the Crimson on top, 16-15, with a kill on the next point and did the same four points later for an 18-17 edge. The Tigers responded with four straight points to regain the advantage, 21-18, and cruised down the stretch to the 25-20 victory.

The second set went wire-to-wire with four lead changes and 11 tied scores. A Docter kill gave the Crimson a chance at set point, 24-23, before back-to-back kills regained the lead for Princeton, 25-24. Caroline Holte and Kathleen Wallace later teamed up for a block to give Harvard a 27-26 edge, but the Tigers went on to score the next three points for a 29-27 win.

The Crimson held a 13-10 margin in the third frame but was unable to maintain its momentum as Princeton rallied to take a 17-15 advantage which it would not relinquish. Harvard pulled to within one point of the host three times in the waning moments before the Tigers pulled away for match point, 25-22.

Harvard will wrap up its home slate next weekend against Columbia and Cornell. The Crimson will first face the Lions on Friday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. before hosting the Big Red on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. on Senior Night.