Holte Became the program's all-time block assists leader in the victory (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team made quick work of Princeton Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center, dispatching the Tigers in straight sets, 25-19, 25-17, 25-21.
Caroline Holte became the program's all-time leader in blocks assists in the victory, registering four to give her 299 for her career and move her past Suzie Trimble '08 for the top spot. Harvard (5-7, 1-1 Ivy League) finished with 10 total blocks on the night, marking the first time since at least 2003, the last year which match-by-match statistics are available for, that the Crimson has posted double-digit blocks in five consecutive matches.
Kathleen Wallace had a big night on both sides of the net, totaling 16 kills and a .424 hitting percentage to go with six digs and four blocks. Corinne Bain added 10 kills, 13 assists and nine digs for her ninth straight double-double and 11th of the year.
Holte got the record out of the way early as she combined with Wallace and Caroline Labanowski on three consecutive blocks to put the Crimson in front 6-2 in the first. Princeton (5-6, 0-2 Ivy League) pulled within 16-14, but Harvard closed the set out with a 9-5 stretch, 25-19.
The Crimson began to pull away midway through the second, turning an 11-7 advantage into a 16-8 spread. Harvard led 21-13 following a Bain strike, and put the frame away on a Cornelius kill, 25-17.
Three Wallace kills helped Harvard to a 7-2 margin in the third, but the Tigers chipped away at the lead and eventually evened the score with a 4-0 spurt, 14-14. Princeton held a 19-18 edge following a Crimson service error, but returned the favor with a pair of errors to give Harvard the lead back at 20-19. It was all Crimson from there, as Wallace scored three kills over the final six points to give Harvard match point, 25-21.
Harvard returns to the court tomorrow as it hosts Penn in the team's annual Dig Pink Rally. First serve is scheduled for 5 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.