Women's Volleyball Rallies From 2-0 Deficit to Defeat Santa Clara, 3-2

Weghorst scored 15 kills in the Crimson's season opener (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat previously unbeaten Santa Clara in its season opener Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center, 3-2.

Harvard earned the victory by set scores of 17-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-18 and 15-13 to improve to 1-0 on the year. Santa Clara, meanwhile, dropped to 5-1 after suffering its first setback.

Grace Weghorst led the Harvard attack with 15 kills as Corinne Bain, Jennifer Shults and Caroline Walters added eight apiece. Bain also contributed 27 assists, eight digs and four blocks, while Walters finished her night hitting at a .571 clip to go with eight total blocks. Sindhu Vegesena added 22 digs to help limit the Broncos to a .194 hitting percentage.

Santa Clara controlled the first two sets to take a commanding 2-0 lead. A 6-1 run by Harvard late in the second set began to build some momentum for the Crimson, however, before the crowd of 584 got behind the home team and turned the tide for good.

Harvard hit .379 in the third set to extend the match, and Walters' defensive play at the net in the fourth helped to force a fifth and deciding frame.

In the final frame, Caroline Holte, Kathleen Wallace and Walters each scored a pair of kills, with match point coming off the right arm of Holte.

Harvard returns to action tomorrow on the second day of the Harvard Invitational. The day will begin at 10 a.m. as Delaware faces off against Santa Clara, before the Crimson takes to the court against Central Connecticut State at 1 p.m. The tournament will wrap up with Harvard squaring off against Delaware at 7 p.m.

All three matches can be seen live for free on the Ivy League Digital Network. Students are encouraged to arrive early for the fifth annual Fall Fiesta which will serve as the first CrimZone Student Rewards event of the year and will feature free ice cream, giveaways, games and demos from Harvard Recreation and the Harvard Spikeball Club, and more.