Freshmen Bain and Weghorst Power Women’s Volleyball Past Penn, 3-1

Freshmen Bain and Weghorst Power Women’s Volleyball Past Penn, 3-1

The Crimson took sole possession of second place in the Ivy League with the victory (Gil Talbot).

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Freshman Corinne Bain registered her second triple-double while classmate Grace Weghorst scored a career-high 15 kills to lead the Harvard women's volleyball team to a 3-1 win at Penn Friday night. The victory came by set scores of 28-26, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21.

The win, coupled with a Brown loss at Columbia, moves the Crimson into sole possession of second place in the Ivy League standings with a 9-6 overall record and a 4-2 conference mark. The triumph was also Harvard's fourth in its last five meetings with Penn (8-9, 2-4 Ivy League).

Bain totaled 10 kills, 22 assists and 10 digs for her second triple-double of the year and the second in program history. The freshman also notched four service aces, giving her 39 on the year and putting her just two shy of Lolita Lopez's '98 school record of 41. Weghorst, meanwhile, eclipsed her career-high with 15 kills while also tallying nine digs.

Caroline Walters and Kathleen Wallace added nine kills apiece to the Harvard attack while hitting .350 and .333, respectively. Hannah Schmidt led the Crimson with 25 assists.

Kristen Casey paced the defense with 20 digs to go with 12 from Natalie Doyle as the Quakers were held to a .103 hitting percentage. Harvard's defense totaled 10 blocks on the night, marking the sixth time this season the squad has reached double-digits, led by six from Caroline Holte.

Kristen Etterbeek scored a team-high 10 kills for Penn and added 17 digs for a double-double.

Harvard ran out to an 8-4 lead in the first set before the Quakers rallied with a 7-0 stretch for an 11-8 advantage. The Crimson eventually tied the score back up at 16-16 on an Erin Cooney kill and regained the lead, 20-19, on a Penn error. Another run put the Quakers in front again, 22-20, but a late surge punctuated by a Bain ace put Harvard back on top, 25-24. Following another Penn error, Harvard took the first set off a Wallace kill, 28-26.

It was all Crimson in the second set as a pair of Weghorst kills helped Harvard to a 4-0 lead. Kills by Bain and Weghorst put the score at 12-6 before strikes from Cooney and Walters gave the Crimson an eight-point margin, 18-10. Harvard went on top by 10, 23-13, following another Walters kill and an error by the Quakers gave the Crimson set point, 25-17.

The teams battled back-and-forth in the third before a late rally by Penn allowed the host to overcome a 22-18 deficit to take a 25-22 victory.

Harvard came out quickly again in the fourth and took command on a Bain ace, 4-0. Harvard maintained a similar lead throughout the set until a 4-0 run which included a pair of Walters kills pushed the Crimson on top by eight, 22-14. Match point came on a Quaker service ace, 25-21.

Harvard returns to the court tomorrow at Princeton with first serve set for 5 p.m.