Women's Volleyball Splits With Central Connecticut, Delaware to Wrap Up Harvard Invitational

Vegesena was named to the Harvard Invitational All-Tournament Team (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team split a pair of three set matches against Central Connecticut State and Delaware on Saturday to finish the ninth annual Harvard Invitational with a 2-1 mark.

The Crimson first defeated Central Connecticut State in three sets, 25-22, 28-26 and 25-21, before being topped by Delaware in the tournament finale, 23-25, 23-25 and 22-25. Harvard, Delaware and Santa Clara each finished the weekend at 2-1 while Central Connecticut State went 0-3.

Following the nightcap, Caroline Holte and Sindhu Vegesena were chosen to the all-tournament team.

Harvard continued its dramatics from Friday night when it returned to the floor against Central Connecticut State, fighting back from a 22-19 deficit in the first set and 24-19 in the second to take the match, 3-0. The Crimson hit .306 against the Blue Devils led by Holte, Corinne Bain and Kathleen Wallace. Holte posted 13 kills and a .435 hitting percentage while Bain and Wallace each turned in 10 kills and identical .333 hitting percentages. Caroline Walters chipped in nine kills while hitting at a .467 clip.

Vegesena had a career day on the defensive side of the net, recording 34 digs to help limit Central Connecticut State to a .153 percentage.

The Crimson could not sustain its momentum into its final match against Delaware as the Blue Hens picked up the straight set victory. Holte once again led the way with nine kills and a .667 hitting percentage to go with four total blocks. Bain added eight kills, 22 assists and six digs while hitting .400, but Harvard was unable to overcome early deficits in each set to take the loss.

The Crimson will hit the road next weekend as it travels to Athens, Ga., to play in the Benson Hospitality Invitational. Harvard will first face North Carolina State on Friday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. On Saturday, Sept. 13, the Crimson will take on host Georgia at 1 p.m. and UNC Asheville at 4 p.m.