Women's Volleyball Defeats Columbia in Straight Sets; Moves into Second Place

Women's Volleyball Defeats Columbia in Straight Sets; Moves into Second Place

Walters' season-high 11 kills helped Harvard improve to 6-1 at home (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team completed its weekend sweep of Cornell and Columbia Saturday afternoon by taking out the Lions in straight sets, 3-0, at the Malkin Athletic Center. The victory came by set scores of 25-16, 25-21 and 25-21.

With the win, Harvard (8-6, 3-2 Ivy League) has moved into a tie with Brown for second place in the Ivy League and moves to 6-1 at home on the year.

Caroline Walters matched her season-high of 11 kills and hit .500 on the night to help lead the attack. Kathleen Wallace also reached double-digits with 10 kills while Grace Weghorst contributed nine and Caroline Holte seven. Corinne Bain and Hannah Schmidt one again split the setting duties, dishing out 19 assists and 18 assists, respectively.

Harvard's offense also benefited from seven service aces, including three from Bain to move her into a tie for fifth place on the program's single-season list. With 35 aces this year, the freshman needs just six more to match Lolita Lopez's' 98 school record of 41.

Kristen Casey paced the defense with a season-high 21 digs as Columbia (4-10, 2-3 Ivy League) was held to a .131 hitting percentage. Bain notched eight digs to go with four blocks from Holte.

Columbia was led offensively by Bailey Springer who totaled nine kills.

Harvard held a 9-6 lead in the first set following a Weghorst kill before using a 9-0 run to break open the set and take a 19-8 advantage. Cooney, Holte and Weghorst each had a kill during the stretch while also teaming up for a pair of blocks. Back-to-back kills by Walters gave the Crimson set point, 26-16.

Columbia owned a 13-10 margin midway through the second set but was unable to hold the lead as Harvard tied the score at 16 on another Walters kill. An ace from Casey put the Crimson back in front, 17-16, and a 5-0 run which included a pair of Wallace kills moved the score to 22-17. Harvard went on to score set point, 25-21, off a kill from Holte.

The Lions once again held their own in the third set and took a 20-18 advantage heading into the stretch. Three straight kills from Bain, Weghorst and Cooney allowed the Crimson to regain the upper hand, however, and a 4-0 run punctuated by a block from Wallace and Holte put the match away, 25-21.

Harvard will head back out on the road next week as it travels to Penn Friday, Oct. 18 and Princeton Saturday, Oct. 19.