The Crimson could not stop Duke in the first of four matches at the Baden Invitational (Gil Talbot).
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Despite a strong effort, the Harvard women's volleyball team fell to Duke, 3-0, and Loyola Marymount, 3-0, on the first day of the Baden Invitational.
Harvard 0, Duke 3
Christina Cornelius led the Crimson tallying 11 kills, with Maclaine Fields earning four. Isabelle Tashima managed to earn nine digs for the match, with support from Corinne Bain who tallied 19 assists and 10 digs. Fields made her mark against the Blue Devils, earning four blocks in the stretch.
The Crimson was unable to keep pace with the Blue Devils, with Duke recording set scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-19. Despite Duke sweeping the match, it wasn't without challenge from Harvard. The teams traded points throughout the early portion of the third set, with the score equaling at 12-12 midway through, but the Blue Devils would pull away to clinch the match.
Harvard 0, Loyola Marymount 3
The Crimson faught a tough battle against the Lions, going point-for-point in the first set, with big kills from Christina Cornelius and Paige Kebe. Harvard and LMU were knotted as late as 23-23 in the opening set, but the Lions were able to take the stanza with final two points. Despite Harvard's best efforts, Loyola Marymount tallied set scores of 25-23, 25-14 and 25-19 to earn the victory.
Christina Cornelius and Paige Kebe led the Crimson in kills, each tallying seven for the match, followed closely behind by Caroline Labanowski with six. Corinne Bain posted a season-high 29 assists. Isabella Tashima contributed nine digs and two assists. Maclaine Fields, Labanowski and Cornelius tallied a pair of blocks each against the Lions.
The Crimson return to action Saturday at the Baden Invitational at 12 p.m. PST against Arizona State and at 8 p.m. PST against Pepperdine.