Shults totaled eight kills and five blocks in the straight-set victory (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team is now one win away from clinching at least a share of the Ivy League title thanks to a 3-0 victory over Columbia Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center. The win came by set scores of 25-17, 25-18 and 25-19.
Harvard remains tied with Yale atop the Ivy League standings with an 11-2 record, and with a win tomorrow versus Cornell on Senior Day would clinch at least a share of the Ancient Eight crown. Should the Crimson and Eli split the title, a one-match playoff would be played next week at the MAC to decide the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The date of a potential playoff match will be announced at a later time.
Harvard will host Cornell tomorrow in the regular season finale, with first serve scheduled for 5 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The win improved Harvard to 18-4 overall, the fourth-highest win total in program history, while moving its current win streak to 10 matches, the second longest in school annals.
Grace Weghorst scored a match-high 11 kills to pace Harvard and finished the evening hitting .333. Corinne Bain and Jennifer Shults each added eight kills, with Bain also chipping in 20 assists and 10 digs for her 18th double-double of the year. Shults hit .368 for the match and also contributed five blocks. Caroline Holte, meanwhile, totaled seven kills, a .389 hitting percentage and nine blocks.
Harvard used a 5-0 stretch to begin pulling away in the first set and opened a 14-8 advantage off a Holte solo stuff. An ace from Kristen Casey moved the score to 22-14 in the Crimson's favor, and back-to-back kills from Bain and Shults put the frame away.
Facing an 11-10 deficit in the second, Harvard used another 5-0 run to open some breathing room, 15-11, and maintained a comfortable margin throughout the remainder of the set. Trailing 9-7 in the third, the Crimson embarked on an 8-1 stretch to gain a 15-10 lead en route to the 25-19 victory.