Wallace's Big Night Can't Lead Women's Volleyball Past Columbia

Wallace's Big Night Can't Lead Women's Volleyball Past Columbia

Wallace recorded her second career double-double with 19 kills and 17 digs (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team saw its four-match win streak come to an end Friday night as Columbia defended its home court to take a 3-1 win over the Crimson. The setback came by set scores of 20-25, 19-25, 25-15 and 20-25.

Harvard (8-8, 4-2 Ivy League), which had entered the day tied with Dartmouth (8-7, 5-1 Ivy League) for first place in the conference, now finds itself tied with Yale (9-6, 4-2 Ivy League) for second after the Big Green handed Cornell at 3-1 defeat.

Kathleen Wallace stood out for the Crimson, turning in her second career double-double with a season-high 19 kills and a career-best 17 digs, all while hitting at a .348 clip. Corinne Bain just missed a triple-double with nine kills, 27 assists and 14 digs, with Hannah Schmidt turning in 18 assists and 11 digs for her third double-double of the season.

Jocelyn Meyer added nine kills and three blocks, with Caroline Holte contributing six kills and three blocks. Sindhu Vegesena led the charge on the back line with 19 digs.

Harvard overcame an early deficit and took the lead in the first set, 16-15, on a block by Holte and Meyer. Columbia scored the next four points, however, and maintained the edge for a 25-20 victory.

The Lions rushed out to a 12-3 lead in the second set but once again the Crimson was able to fight its way back, this time pulling to within 17-16 on back-to-back kills from Wallace. Columbia still had the answer though, outscoring Harvard 8-3 down the stretch for the 25-19 win.

Harvard jumped out to an early 7-2 advantage in the third but that quickly dissipated as the Lions held a 12-11 edge. A 5-0 run helped the Crimson create separation and the visitors finished the frame with four unanswered points for a 25-16 victory.

Harvard was unable to carry the momentum into the fourth set, however, as Columbia maintained a comfortable margin en route to match point, 25-20.

The Crimson returns to action tomorrow, Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. at Cornell live on the Ivy League Digital Network.