Women's Volleyball Sweeps Dartmouth for Fifth Straight Win

Holte turned in 11 kills, a .667 hitting percentage and five blocks (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team rode the hot-hitting of Caroline Holte and Grace Weghorst to a fifth-straight win Friday night as it made quick work of Dartmouth, 3-0, at the Malkin Athletic Center. The victory came by set scores of 25-13, 25-20 and 25-18.

Holte and Weghorst each scored a match-high 11 kills, with Holte making just one error on 15 attempts to finish her night hitting at a .667 clip. Weghorst, meanwhile, turned in a .318 hitting percentage. Caroline Walters and Corinne Bain contributed seven kills apiece, as Walters notched a .500 percentage.

Bain and Hannah Schmidt dished out 18 assists and 13 assists, respectively, to lead the Crimson to a combined .330 percentage. On the defensive side of the net, Harvard limited Dartmouth (13-6, 4-4) to just .115 hitting thanks in part to five total blocks from Holte.

Harvard improved to 13-4 overall and 6-2 against the Ivy League with the win, and remains one-game behind Yale for the conference lead. The Crimson's five-match win streak matches its longest of the season and the program's longest since 2008, while its 13-4 record is the best in school history through 17 matches.

It was all Harvard in the first set as a 9-0 stretch with Walters at the service line opened a 15-7 advantage. The senior registered three of her career-high four aces during the run, before consecutive kills from Jennifer Shults and Bain put the frame away.

Dartmouth remained even with Harvard early in the second before a 6-2 sequence in the Crimson's favor put the host in front, 17-13. The Big Green edged to within one, 18-17, but Harvard responded with five straight points en route to the win.

Despite opening the third set on a 4-0 run, the Crimson found itself trailing 10-8 nearing the midway point. A 6-1 outburst put the score back in Harvard's favor, 14-11, and the Crimson closed the match out with a 5-1 stretch.

Harvard returns to action next weekend as it heads out on the road to face Brown and Yale. The Crimson and Bears will first meet on Friday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. before taking the court at Yale on Saturday, Nov. 1 in what could be a showdown for first place in the Ivy League. Both matches can be seen live online via the Ivy League Digital Network.