Women's Volleyball Notches Eighth Straight Win, Defeats Princeton 3-2

Women's Volleyball Notches Eighth Straight Win, Defeats Princeton 3-2

Wallace tallied a season-high 15 kills to help the Crimson to an eight-straight win (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women's volleyball team remained perfect in five-set matches as it defeated Princeton Friday night, 3-2. The victory came by set scores of 25-22, 19-25, 25-21, 20-25, and 15-11.

Harvard kept pace with Yale for first place in the Ivy League standings with the win, improving to 16-4 overall and 9-2 in conference. The Crimson's 16 wins are the seventh most in program history, while its current eight-match win streak is the longest since 1997.

Corinne Bain turned in her third consecutive triple-double and ninth of the year with 12 kills, 34 assists and 22 digs. Kathleen Wallace paced the attack with a season-high 15 kills while Jennifer Shults added 10. Hannah Schmidt nearly registered a double-double with 18 assists and nine digs, with Sindhu Vegesena chipping in 16 digs.

The Crimson trailed at the midway point of set one, 15-12, but rallied and used back-to-back kills from Wallace to set up set point. Princeton (12-9, 7-4 Ivy League) regained momentum and maintained an edge throughout the second, however, and began the third on a 4-0 spurt. Despite the early deficit, Harvard rebounded and escaped with the win.

Princeton once again took off on a 4-0 run to open the fourth set, and this time rode the wave to force a fifth and deciding set. The Crimson proved to be unfazed by the do-or-die situation despite falling behind early in the frame again, and rolled to its sixth five-set victory, 15-11.

Harvard will play its final road match of the season tomorrow as it faces Penn at 5 p.m. at The Palestra. Fans can watch all of the action live online via the Ivy League Digital Network.