A capacity crowd was on hand at the Malkin Athletic Center (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team lost a hard-fought battle to Yale on Friday night, 3-0, in a one-match playoff to decide the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The defeat came by set scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 25-21.
Harvard and Yale earned a share of the Ivy League championship with identical 12-2 conference records, but the Crimson swept the regular season series to host the playoff match. This time it was the Bulldogs who came out on top, however, to reach the postseason for a fourth straight year. The Crimson's season comes to a close with a 19-5 overall record, marking the fourth most wins in program history, while Yale improved to 17-7.
Corinne Bain turned in her 20th double-double of the season with 10 kills, 15 assists and nine digs. Kathleen Wallace and Grace Weghorst each added eight kills offensively, with Wallace also contributing four blocks and Weghorst notching 15 digs. Sindhu Vegesena matched Weghorst's output with 15 digs.
Mollie Rogers paced the Bulldogs with 19 kills and eight digs, as Kelly Johnson registered 13 kills and 13 digs.
Yale opened a 10-5 lead in the first set before Harvard charged back to even the score at 18 on a Bain kill. The Crimson's late surge would not be enough, however, as the Bulldogs closed out the frame on a 7-3 run.
After falling behind 10-5 again in the second, Harvard responded with a 13-5 stretch for an 18-15 advantage. Yale countered with five straight points to regain the lead, 20-18, and held off the Crimson down the stretch.
With the score tied 17-17 in the third, the Bulldogs created some breathing room with a 4-0 run for a 21-17 margin. Harvard pulled to within two, 21-19, but could not overtake Yale as it earned match point, 25-21.