Women's Volleyball Tripped Up at Yale, 3-1

Women's Volleyball Tripped Up at Yale, 3-1

Bain notched her sixth triple-double of the season with 12 kills, 17 assists and 19 digs (Gil Talbot).

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard women's volleyball team lost in four sets at Yale Friday evening, falling by set scores of 24-26, 22-25, 25-23 and 20-25.

Despite the setback, Harvard (13-10, 9-4 Ivy League) remains in first place of the Ivy League standings and is now tied with Dartmouth (12-10, 9-4 Ivy League) and Princeton (14-8, 9-4 Ivy League). Yale (13-9, 8-5 Ivy League) is also still in title contention with just one match to play, creating a dramatic final day of action. If Harvard wins its finale tomorrow at Brown (10-15, 4-9 Ivy League) it will earn at least a share of the Ivy League championship, while taking it outright is still a possibility.

Corinne Bain registered her sixth triple-double of the season in the loss, finishing the evening with 12 kills, 17 assists, 19 digs and five blocks. Kathleen Wallace contributed a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs.

Christina Cornelius notched seven kills, a .375 hitting percentage and six blocks, overtaking Jennifer Jose's '96 record for block assists in a season in the process. The freshman now has 98 blocks assists on the year, while her 116 total blocks are good for fifth place on the single-season list. Caroline Holte, meanwhile, tallied five kills and four blocks, and is fifth on the single-season list with 88 block assists.

Hannah Schmidt added 19 assists while Sindhu Vegesena notched 20 digs. The Bulldogs were led by Kelley Wirth's 19-kill, nine-dig night and Brittani Steinberg's 15-kill, 12-dig outing.

Yale jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set before Harvard eventually battled its way back, going in front 24-23 on a ball handling error. The Crimson could not capitalize, however, as two straight Kelly Johnson kills and a Wirth ace gave the set to the Bulldogs, 26-24.

 The hosts once again grabbed an early lead, 5-1, but this time was able to hold off a late run by Harvard to take the frame, 25-22.

After falling behind 4-1 in the third, the Crimson rallied to take a 14-10 edge in the third set. A Jocelyn Meyer kill put the score at 17-13, before Yale responded with a 4-0 stretch to even things up at 17-17. Harvard finally gained the upper ground with the score still tied at 23, earning a shot at set point on a Bain and Holte block and putting it away with another Meyer kill, 25-23.

The Crimson was unable to maintain that momentum in the fourth, however, as it found itself trailing early for the fourth-straight set, 5-1. Yale never led its lead dip below two points for the duration of the frame, taking match point with a comfortable 25-20 margin.