Women's Volleyball Falls to Cal, Air Force at Service Academy Challenge

Women's Volleyball Falls to Cal, Air Force at Service Academy Challenge

Bain recorded back-to-back double-doubles and her second triple-double of the season (Gil Talbot).

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Harvard women's volleyball team dropped its first two matches of the Service Academy Challenge on Friday, falling to Cal in five, 3-2, and Air Force in straight sets, 3-0, at The Pentagon Athletic Center.

Harvard (1-4) held a 2-0 lead over Cal (5-3) after taking the first two sets, 25-18, 25-23. Trailing 22-18 in the third, the Crimson rallied to even the score at 22 on a Paige Kebe kill. The squads traded the next eight points, before the Golden Bears finally took the frame, 28-26.

Cal evened the match with a 25-18 win in the fourth, and completed the comeback with a 15-9 victory in the fifth.

Corinne Bain narrowly missed a triple-double with nine kills, 25 assists and 12 digs in the match. Kebe totaled 14 kills and five blocks, while Christina Cornelius added seven kills and nine blocks.

Air Force narrowly edged Harvard in the team's second match, 26-24, 25-19 and 25-23. The Crimson went in front 24-21 in the first set, but the Falcons rallied with five consecutive points to steal the win. The teams were tied at 12 in the second set before Air Force pulled away, and despite trailing 9-2 early in the third the Crimson came back and pulled within 24-23 before the Falcons put the match away.

Bain did reach a triple-double in the nightcap, totaling 10 kills, 16 assists and 11 digs. Kebe contributed eight kills, and Grace Weghorst notched seven.

Harvard returns to action Saturday, Sept. 12, versus Army West Point at 1 p.m. in the Service Academy Challenge finale. Saturday's matches will be played at the Fort Myers Fitness Center.