Women's Volleyball Moves Into First Place with 3-2 Win Over Brown

Meyer totaled seven kills and nine blocks in her first career start (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team outlasted Brown Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center, picking up a crucial victory in five sets by scores of 25-16, 25-27, 25-27, 25-21 and 15-12.

The win, coupled with Dartmouth's 3-1 upset of Yale and Penn's 3-1 triumph over Cornell, creates a four-way tie atop the Ivy League standings as the Crimson, Elis, Quakers and Big Green are each 3-1 in conference play. Harvard and Yale will meet tomorrow at 5 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network, with the winner maintaining at least a share of the Ancient Eight lead.

Corinne Bain led the way for the Crimson, posting her fourth triple-double of the season with 16 kills, 24 assists and 12 digs. Kathleen Wallace just missed a double-double with 14 kills, nine digs and five blocks, while Paige Kebe contributed 11 kills and a .391 hitting percentage.

Christina Cornelius also fell just shy of a double-double as she notched nine kills, nine blocks and a .438 percentage before having her night end early in the fourth set. She was complimented by Jocelyn Meyer's seven-kill, nine-block performance and Caroline Holte's six-kill, six-block night as the team combined for a total of 17.5 stuffs.

Hannah Schmidt turned in her second double-double of the season with 28 assists and 10 digs.

Harvard got off to a good start, using a 6-1 run to open a 15-9 lead midway through the first. The Crimson kept the pressure on and finished the frame with a wide margin, 25-16, but could not sustain that momentum as Brown (8-7, 2-2 Ivy League) led nearly the entire way in the second. After battling back from a three-point deficit late Harvard held serve with a chance at set point, but the Bears closed with a 4-1 stretch to take the win, 27-25, and even the match.

The third set followed a similar storyline as Brown built a 17-11 advantage before a late charge put the Crimson on top with a chance to end it. The Bears persevered once again, however, scoring three straight points to steal the stanza, 27-25.

Harvard finally broke through in the fourth, using a 4-0 run to open a 14-11 edge and maintaining that margin for the duration of the frame, 25-21.   

The Crimson overpowered Brown early in the fifth set, taking an 8-2 advantage before holding off a rally by the Bears for match point, 15-12.