Women's Volleyball Defeats Columbia in Five for Second Straight Win

Women's Volleyball Defeats Columbia in Five for Second Straight Win

Bain, Kebe lifted the Crimson to victory Saturday at Columbia (Gil Talbot).

NEW YORK CITY – The Harvard women's volleyball team completed the weekend sweep with a thrilling 3-2 victory at Columbia Saturday night. The win came by set scores of 25-23, 27-29, 25-19, 17-25 and 17-15.

Corinne Bain registered her fifth double-double of the year and eighth consecutive double-double with a 16-kill, 43-assist, 12-dig performance. The 16 kills and 43 assists both marked career-highs for the sophomore, who finished the evening hitting .294 to go with three blocks and one ace. Freshman Paige Kebe, meanwhile, turned in an impressive 22 kills, seven digs and a .304 hitting percentage, while senior Caroline Walters notched 12 kills, four blocks and hit at a .556 clip.

Harvard also received 10 kills and a .320 hitting percentage from Jennifer Shults with Hannah Schmidt dishing out an additional 27 assists and Sindhu Vegesena notching 20 digs.

The victory improved the Crimson to 10-4 overall and 3-2 in Ivy League play while Columbia fell to 7-7, 3-2 in conference.

The first set went down to the wire as Harvard overcame a 22-20 deficit to take the victory. The Crimson held a 24-21 edge in the second before a late surge lifted the Lions to the win, but Harvard bounced back to take the third by a comfortable margin. Columbia returned the favor in the fourth to even the score, but Harvard fended off a late rally by the Lions in the fifth and deciding set to take match point.

Harvard returns home next weekend as it hosts Penn and Princeton at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson and Quakers will first take to the court Friday, October 17 at 7 p.m. before Harvard welcomes the Tigers to Cambridge Saturday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m. Both matches can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.