The Crimson have set a new program mark for best record through 16 matches (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Corinne Bain recorded her 10th straight double-double as the middle-blocking duo of Caroline Walters and Caroline Holte combined for 20 kills to help lead the Harvard women's volleyball team past Princeton Saturday evening at the Malkin Athletic Center in straight sets, 26-24, 25-14, 25-21.
The victory, paired with Dartmouth's 3-1 loss to Penn, has propelled Harvard into sole possession of second place in the Ivy League with a 5-2 conference mark, just one game behind Yale at the midway point of the Ancient Eight slate. The Crimson's 12-4 record, meanwhile, marks the best record in program history through 16 matches, besting the 1981 and 1987 squads which began their respective seasons 11-5.
Bain finished her evening with 23 assists and a career-high 21 digs while adding eight kills, four blocks and two aces. The sophomore has now registered 10 consecutive double-doubles, and has 13 total on the year.
Walters turned in 11 kills, a .625 hitting percentage and three blocks with Holte contributing nine kills, a .500 hitting percentage and four blocks. Hannah Schmidt also posted a double-double, her third, with 18 assists and 10 digs as the Harvard defense limited the Princeton (9-8, 4-3 Ivy League) to a .136 clip.
The first set was tightly contested as the teams traded the lead several times. The Tigers were finally able to pull away to a 21-18 advantage, but the Crimson responded to tie the score at 24 before taking the set off a block by Walters and Bain.
Harvard was in control in the second, opening a 16-6 margin en route to the victory. The Crimson needed to battle from behind in the third set, however, overcoming a 20-18 deficit late to take match point on another block, this time from Walters and Kathleen Wallace.
Harvard will be in action again next weekend as it hosts Dartmouth at the MAC on Friday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.