Women's Volleyball Can't Oulast Columbia, Falls in Four

Women's Volleyball Can't Oulast Columbia, Falls in Four

Walters matched her career-high with eight blocks Friday against Columbia (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taylor Docter and Erin Cooney recorded 11 kills apiece as the Harvard women's volleyball team fell to Columbia Friday night, 3-1, at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Lions took the match by set scores of 27-25, 19-25, 25-18 and 28-26.

Docter added 13 digs for her 11th double-double of the year while Cooney chipped in five blocks. Docter's 11 kills pushed her past assistant coach Suzie Trimble '08 into eighth place in program history with 955 career kills.

Hannah Schmidt registered her eighth double-double with 23 assists and 11 digs as Beth Kinsella dished out 25 helpers. Harvard (8-14, 5-6 Ivy League) also received strong a performance from its middle blocking duo of Caroline Walters and Caroline Holte, as Walters recorded nine kills, eight blocks and a .368 hitting percentage with Holte contributing eight kills, five blocks and a .615 hitting percentage.

Megan Gaughn led Columbia's (11-9, 6-5 Ivy League) attack with 20 kills as Colleen Brennan recorded 57 assists.

The Lions led throughout the early stages of the first set until a 3-0 run capped by a Docter kill evened the score at 11. Harvard took its first lead off a Wallace kill, 14-13, and held a 17-15 advantage following another kill by Docter. Columbia rallied with three straight points to regain the lead and held off the Crimson down the stretch for the 27-25 win.

Harvard was forced to play from behind again in the second set as Columbia opened a 14-10 margin. A 5-1 spurt by the Crimson evened the frame at 15 before a block by Walters and Docter finally put Harvard back on top, 20-19. Another block by Walters and Cooney moved the score to 21-19 as Harvard scored the final seven points of the frame to earn the 25-19 victory.

The teams found themselves tied at 15 midway through the third frame, but a 4-1 stretch allowed the Lions to open a 19-16 advantage en route to the 25-18 win. The fourth stanza was much closer as the squads traded the lead seven times and found themselves tied 16 times. With Columbia on top 24-22, Harvard rallied to tie the score three times when facing set point but the Lions eventually prevailed, taking the set and match, 28-26.

Harvard will return to the court tomorrow as it hosts Cornell at 5 p.m. on Senior Day.