Walters led Harvard with 15 kills and seven blocks (Gil Talbot).
PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard women's volleyball team won its ninth consecutive match Saturday evening at Penn, 3-2, to remain atop the Ivy League standings with just one final weekend to play. The victory came by set scores of 25-21, 26-24, 23-25, 21-25 and 15-11.
Harvard and Yale currently share first place in the Ivy League with identical 10-2 marks. The Crimson will close out the year at home next weekend against Columbia and Cornell, while the Bulldogs will wrap up their season by hosting Princeton and Penn. Should the two archrivals finish in a tie for the Ancient Eight crown, Harvard would host a playoff match the following weekend to determine the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
All of next weekend's action can be seen live online via the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Crimson improved to 17-4 overall with the win, marking the sixth most wins in program history. Harvard's nine-match win streak, meanwhile, stands as the program's longest since winning a record 13 in a row in 1997.
Corinne Bain posted a fourth-straight triple-double, 10th of the year, with 14 kills, 26 assists and 15 digs to go along with three service aces. Caroline Walters scored a team-high 15 kills and hit .440 while also notching seven total blocks. Kathleen Wallace and Grace Weghorst contributed 13 kills and 12 kills, respectively, with Weghorst adding 12 digs for a double-double.
Harvard maintained a steady lead throughout the first set before needing back-to-back kills from Weghorst to put the second frame away. Penn (8-15, 5-7 Ivy League) used a late rally to overcome a 21-18 deficit in the third, and maintained that momentum into the fourth.
The Crimson, as it has done all year, thrived in the pressure-filled fifth set, however, and took match point by a comfortable 15-11 margin. The victory was Harvard's seventh of the year in five sets.