Women's Volleyball Moves Into First Place Thanks to 3-0 Win at Yale

Women's Volleyball Moves Into First Place Thanks to 3-0 Win at Yale

The Crimson has pulled even with Yale atop the Ivy standings (Gil Talbot).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard women's volleyball team defeated Yale Saturday afternoon, 3-0, to complete the season sweep and pull even with the Bulldogs for first place in the Ivy League standings. The straight-set victory came by scores of 26-24, 25-22 and 25-15.

Harvard and Yale are now tied atop the conference standings with identical 8-2 records. Harvard improved to 15-4 overall with the win, marking the first time since 2004 that the Crimson has reached 15 wins. The team's current seven-match win streak, meanwhile, is the program's longest since taking a record 13 in a row in 1997.

The loss dropped Yale to 12-7 overall. Over the last two years the Bulldogs have lost just three conference matches, with all three losses coming at the hands of the Crimson.

Corinne Bain recorded her second straight triple-double to lead Harvard to the victory, her eighth of the season. The sophomore totaled 10 kills, 25 assists and 15 digs on the afternoon, while also hitting .400. She was complimented by Kathleen Wallace's 12-kill, four-block performance as Caroline Holte and Caroline Walters added eight kills apiece. Holte committed zero errors on 11 attempts for a .727 percentage, while Walters matched Wallace's four blocks.

Sindhu Vegesena registered 19 digs on the defensive side of the net as Yale was limited to a .104 hitting percentage.

The first set was a back-and-forth affair with Yale holding a 20-18 advantage late. Harvard reeled off five straight points to take a 23-20 edge, and fended off a rally by the Bulldogs to take set point on a block by Walters and Bain.

The teams remained close throughout the second set as well, with Harvard needing to use a 5-1 run down the stretch to pull away for the win. The Crimson took control in the third, however, opening a commanding 20-10 margin thanks to a 10-2 stretch. Holte put the match away with her final kill of the night, giving Harvard match point, 25-15.

Harvard will remain on the road next weekend with trips to Princeton and Penn before returning home to close out the regular season against Columbia and Cornell. All four of Harvard's remaining matches can be seen live online via the Ivy League Digital Network.