Women's Volleyball Maintains Ivy Lead Despite 3-0 Setback at Princeton

Women's Volleyball Maintains Ivy Lead Despite 3-0 Setback at Princeton

Cornelius totaled nine kills and eight blocks at Princeton (Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women's volleyball team suffered a setback Saturday evening at Princeton, falling to the Tigers in straight sets, 25-22, 27-25 and 25-18.

Despite the loss, Harvard (11-9, 7-3 Ivy League) maintains a one-match lead in the Ivy League standings thanks to Dartmouth's (9-10, 6-4 Ivy League) 3-0 loss at Penn and Yale's (11-8, 6-4 Ivy League) 3-2 defeat at Columbia. Princeton (11-8, 6-4 Ivy League), meanwhile, has pulled even with the Big Green and Bulldogs, putting four teams within one match of the Ancient Eight lead with just four matches remaining.

Corinne Bain totaled nine kills, 19 assists and six digs while hitting .300 to pace the Crimson. Christina Cornelius hit .412 with nine kills and eight blocks, and Kathleen Wallace turned in 11 kills and seven digs.

Princeton was led by Cara Mattaliano and Kendall Peterkin who each registered double-doubles. Mattaliano finished the night with 16 kills and 10 digs, while Peterkin notched 15 kills and 11 digs.

Harvard fought back from an 11-5 deficit in the first set to even the score at 18-18 on a block by Cornelius and Jocelyn Meyer. The Crimson was unable to overtake Dartmouth, however, as the Tigers outscored Harvard 4-1 down the stretch for a 25-22 victory.

The teams played evenly in the second with Harvard's 22-19 margin marking the largest lead of the set.  Princeton rallied with three unanswered points to tie the score, and took the frame off consecutive kills by Brittany Ptak and Pauli King, 27-25.

The Tigers controlled the third set, using a 7-1 stretch to open a 20-11 advantage en route to the 25-18 win.

Harvard returns to action next weekend as it hosts Cornell and Columbia to close out its home slate. The Crimson and Big Red will first square off on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. before Harvard takes the court against the Lions on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 5 p.m. Both matches can be seen live online via the Ivy League Digital Network.