Women's Volleyball Splits with Northeastern, Boston College

Bain was named to the New England Challenge All-Tournament Team (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team earned a split with Northeastern and Boston College on Saturday at the Malkin Athletic Center to conclude play in the New England Challenge. The Crimson defeated the Huskies in four sets before dropping a thriller to the Eagles in five.

Harvard (4-6) went 2-1 on the weekend after topping UConn on Friday night, 3-1. Boston College (8-4) went a perfect 3-0 to lead the way, with UConn (6-5) posting a 1-2 record and Northeastern (3-12) dropping all three.

Corinne Bain and Christina Cornelius were named to the New England Challenge All-Tournament team for their performances over the weekend. Bain nearly posted three straight triple-doubles and averaged 2.92 kills, 6.31 assists, 3.54 digs and 1.00 blocks per set. Cornelius, meanwhile, turned in 2.85 kills and a .354 hitting percentage while also contributing 1.69 blocks and 1.00 digs on the defensive side of the net.

Paige Kebe chipped in with 2.46 kills and 0.62 blocks, with Caroline Holte adding 2.08 kills and 1.54 blocks. Hannah Schmidt dished out 5.08 assists to help guide the attack, with Sindhu Vegesena notching 4.23 digs.

The Crimson opened the day with a four-set victory over the Huskies, 25-22, 23-25, 25-15 and 25-21. Bain recorded a career-high 17 kills in the win, and also added 23 assists, nine digs and matched her career-best with six blocks. Cornelius finished the match just shy of a double-double with nine kills and nine blocks, with Holte turning in 11 kills and four blocks.

Harvard jumped to an early lead as Bain pushed the team to a 25-22 triumph with six kills on 10 attempts in the first set. The Huskies squeezed past the Crimson in the second set to even the match, 25-23. Harvard used a 10-0 run to open a 17-5 advantage in the third, and never trailed in route to the 25-15 victory. Bain (5-0-6) contributed an .833 hitting percentage in the frame, while Cornelius chipped in three kills and three blocks. The teams traded points in the fourth until Harvard gained the upper hand midway through, and the Crimson never looked back in taking match point, 25-21.

The weekend's best was save for last as Harvard pushed Boston College to the brink in a five-set thriller. Cornelius and Holte once again proved to be a dangerous combo up the middle, with the freshman totaling 17 kills and six blocks as Holte added her first career double-double with 10 kills and 10 blocks. Kebe turned in 12 kills and five blocks, and Bain registered nine kills, 31 assists, 20 digs and five blocks.

In total the Crimson combined for 18 blocks, its highest total since stuffing 18 versus Brown on Oct. 31, 2014.

The first set featured seven tie scores and four lead changes, but ultimately it was the Eagles who prevailed, 25-18. Harvard rebounded in the second and fended off a late BC run to even the match with a 25-23 win, and began the third on a 7-0 run before taking set point, 25-22. The Crimson combined for four blocks during the opening moments of the frame, with Cornelius credited on two occasions to go with a pair of kills. The Eagles overcame a 17-13 deficit in the fourth to even the match and force a fifth set, 25-23. In the deciding frame, the teams were even at 10 before BC pulled ahead for good, earning match point, 15-12.

Harvard remains at home next weekend for its Ivy League opener versus Dartmouth on Friday, Sept. 25. First serve from the Malkin Athletic Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.