Weghorst scored a career-high 24 kills to lead the comeback (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team rallied from down 2-0 to defeat New Hampshire in five sets Tuesday night, 3-2, at the Malkin Athletic Center. The come-from-behind win came by set scores of 18-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22 and 16-14.
Four members of the Crimson (2-5) finished with double-digit kills, including Grace Weghorst who set a career-high with 24 while hitting at a .304 clip. After registering just four kills through the first two sets the junior found her stroke, totaling 17 kills in the third and fourth sets combined before scoring back-to-back points to cap off the comeback in the fifth.
Paige Kebe (14), Christina Cornelius (13), Caroline Holte (11) and Caroline Labanowski (9) each finished the night with a season-high in kills, helping to contribute to a season-high .293 hitting percentage for the squad.
Corinne Bain (34 assists, 20 digs), Hannah Schmidt (27 assists, 12 digs) and Sindhu Vegesena (10 assists, 26 digs) also played key roles in the victory as each turned in a double-double effort. Anna Uhr, meanwhile, chipped in with a season-best 13 digs.
It was all New Hampshire (6-6) early as the Wildcats limited Harvard to a .185 hitting percentage en route to a 2-0 lead. The Crimson came alive in the third set, however, hitting .364 to prolong the match. Weghorst was the focal point of the Crimson attack in the frame as she converted nine kills while hitting .538 (9-2-13).
Harvard was unable to carry that momentum into the fourth set as New Hampshire jumped out to a 12-8 lead. Harvard eventually regained an edge following kills by Kebe and Weghorst, 14-13, and sent the match to a fifth set thanks to a Cornelius strike. Weghorst was once again the lynchpin in the Crimson attack, this time turning in eight kills to go with a .545 percentage (8-2-11).
The Wildcats looked to have the match all but won with a 14-12 advantage in the fifth before a kill by Cornelius gave the serve back to the Crimson. A strong serve by Schmidt forced New Hampshire out of rotation and into an attacking error, and Weghorst did the rest with a pair of kills to steal the match, 16-14.
Harvard will be back in action this weekend as it welcomes Boston College, UConn and Northeastern to the MAC for the New England Challenge. A total of five matches will be played between Friday and Saturday, with all five being streamed online via the Ivy League Digital Network.
For a complete weekend schedule, click here.