Women's Volleyball Sweeps Yale to Stay on Top of Ivy League Standings

Myer turned in 11 kills, a .611 hitting percentage and five blocks in her second career start (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team led from beginning to end in an emphatic sweep of Yale Saturday night at the Malkin Athletic Center, knocking off the visiting Eli by scores of 25-18, 25-20, 25-17.

The victory keeps Harvard atop the Ivy League standings with an 8-7 overall record and 4-1 mark in conference play. Dartmouth (7-7, 4-1 Ivy League) defeated Brown in straight sets to keep pace with the Crimson while Penn (9-8, 3-2 Ivy League) dropped a 3-1 decision to Columbia to fall one-game back of the lead along with Yale (8-6, 3-2 Ivy League).

Jocelyn Meyer starred for Harvard in just her second career start. The freshman scored 11 kills and committed zero errors on 18 attempts for a .611 percentage, and added five blocks after registering seven kills and nine blocks in her first career start versus Brown last night.

Kathleen Wallace and Paige Kebe contributed nine kills and eight kills, respectively, with Corinne Bain and Caroline Holte each chipping in seven. The Crimson finished the evening hitting at a .342 clip, its highest percentage of the season.

Yale, meanwhile, was limited to a .152 percentage, marking the fourth consecutive match that an opponent has hit below .200 versus the Crimson and the seventh time in eight matches. Holte totaled six blocks in addition to Meyer's five, while Sindhu Vegesena came away with 15 digs.

Harvard set the tone early, opening a 5-0 lead in the first set punctuated by a pair of Bain aces. The margin never dipped below three points for the duration of the frame as Meyer gave the Crimson set point with a comfortable edge, 25-18.

The Bulldogs initially kept pace in the second before a quick three-point spurt pulled Harvard in front, 10-7. Holte and Meyer teamed up for two blocks during a 5-0 stretch as the Crimson put the score out of reach, 24-15, and a strike by Meyer once again ended the stanza, 25-20.

Just like the first set, Harvard stormed out to a 5-0 lead to begin the third, but this time Yale was able to fight its way back and tied the score at 13. The Crimson took off from there, scoring the next five points for an 18-13 advantage. Bain recorded set point for the hosts, 25-17, securing the team's fourth straight win.

Harvard will hit the road next weekend traveling to Columbia (Oct. 16) and Cornell (Oct. 17). Both matches can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network.