Women's Volleyball Drops First Match of New England Challenge, 3-1

Women's Volleyball Drops First Match of New England Challenge, 3-1

Walters' big night not enough as Northeastern rallies past Harvard (Gil Talbot).

BOSTON, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team jumped out to an early lead but could not hold on as it fell at Northeastern Saturday night, 3-1, in its first match of the New England Challenge. The loss came by set scores of 25-14, 15-25, 20-25 and 18-25.

Caroline Walters tallied seven kills and a .462 hitting percentage to lead the attack while Kristen Casey, Jennifer Shults and Kathleen Wallace each added five. Corrine Bain (19 assists) and Hannah Schmidt (10 assists) continued to share the setting duties.

Walters also led the defensive charge with a career-high nine total blocks. The junior notched one solo block and eight block assists. Natalie Doyle turned in 25 digs with Casey and Bain registering 15 apiece.

Northeastern (6-6) was paced by Hanna Gibeau's 14 kills as Natalia Skiba turned in 29 digs.

Harvard (4-3) pulled away midway through the first set with a 6-2 run for a 17-12 advantage. A kill by Walters and block from Walters and Wallace made it 22-13 before a pair of Huskie attack errors gave the Crimson set point, 25-14.

Northeastern rebounded quickly and jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the second. Harvard pulled back within five, 15-10, but would get no closer as the Huskie finished off the set, 25-15.

The Crimson held a 13-10 advantage in the third but an 8-2 run put the Huskies in front, 18-15, en route to a 25-20 victory. The fourth set also saw Harvard in front, 10-8, before a Northeastern rally led to set point, 25-18.

Harvard will be back in action Sunday, Sept. 22 as it visits Boston College at 2 p.m. for the final match of the second annual New England Challenge.