Women's Volleyball Stuffs Brown For Sixth-Straight Win, 3-1

Women's Volleyball Stuffs Brown For Sixth-Straight Win, 3-1

Holte registered 11 blocks to help set up a first-place showdown on Saturday (Gil Talbot).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard women's volleyball team extended its win streak to six matches Friday night with a 3-1 victory at Brown. The decision came by set scores of 23-25, 25-18, 25-23 and 25-16.

Harvard improved to 14-4 overall and 7-2 in the Ivy League with the win, setting up a showdown with Yale tomorrow night for first place in the conference. The Bulldogs also defeated Dartmouth on Friday, 3-0, to maintain a one-game lead over the Crimson with an 8-1 conference mark.

Corinne Bain registered her seventh triple-double to propel Harvard to the victory, turning in 11 kills, 21 assists and a career-high 23 digs. Bain finished the evening with a .348 hitting percentage and also turned in five aces. Caroline Walters, meanwhile, recorded nine kills and hit .467, with Paige Kebe notching eight kills.

Harvard's defense limited Brown (8-13, 3-6 Ivy League) to a .018 hitting percentage, the lowest percentage by an opponent this season. Caroline Holte led the way with 11 total blocks, three solo and eight assisted, while Jennifer Shults posted a career-high eight block assists. Walters also contributed one solo block and six block assists, helping the Crimson to a season-high 18 blocks on the night.

Harvard allowed an early 7-3 lead to slip away in the first set but bounced back in the second, taking the frame by a convincing 25-18 margin. After falling behind 10-1 to begin the third, the Crimson rallied to tie the score at 20 thanks to a 14-4 run. Facing a 23-22 deficit, a block by Walters and Bain evened the score once again before a Brown error and Kebe kill sealed the victory.

Harvard broke away from Brown in the fourth with a 10-2 stretch to open a commanding 20-12 advantage, and Bain's final kill of the evening gave the Crimson set point to match the program's longest win streak since 2008.

Harvard and Yale will face off tomorrow at 5 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.