Women’s Volleyball Succumbs to Arizona State and Pepperdine at Baden Invitational

Women’s Volleyball Succumbs to Arizona State and Pepperdine at Baden Invitational

In the third match of the Baden Invitational, Harvard succumbs to Arizona (Gil Talbot).

LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Harvard women's volleyball suffered two setback Saturday at the Baden Invitational in California, dropping a 3-0 decision to Arizona State, before losing a five-set battle to Pepperdine, 3-2, in its tournament finale.

Arizona State 3, Harvard 0
Facing their third opponent in the 2016 Baden Invitational, the Harvard women's volleyball team put up a good fight, but were unable to overpower the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday at the Walter Pyramid. The Crimson, who fell to the Sun Devils by a final score of 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 28-26), fall to 1-4 after some stiff competition to open their season.

Christina Cornelius and Caroline Labanowski led Harvard in kills, totaling seven each for the match, while Paige Kebe and Corinne Bain supported with six and five kills, respectively. Bain also attributed 27 assists for the match, with help from Isabelle Tashima who netted seven digs. Kebe, Maclaine Fields, Jocelyn Meyer, and Labanowski all contributed to the six blocks for the match.

The Crimson kept fighting until the very end of Saturday's early contest. Going toe-to-toe with the PAC-12's Sun Devils, the teams stood pitted in extra points at 26-26, but ASU clinched the match with the final two points.

Pepperdine 3, Harvard 2
Harvard attacked Pepperdine early and often, winning the first and third sets to go up on Waves each time. Pepperdine, however, raced through the fourth set to even the match and then captured the decisive fifth set for the win. The final set scores were 19-25, 26-24, 26-28, 25-12, 15-11 in favor of the Waves.

A 7-0 run in the beginning stage of the first set helped the Crimson take an 8-3 lead. Grace Roberts Burbank account for the final three points of the run with a trio of kills. Harvard maintained its edge through the set, and with Pepperdine committing four-straight errors at the end, took the opener, 25-19.

The second set saw Harvard trail by as many as five points, but a rally after the midway point tied the score at 24-24 before Pepperdine could close out the set with the clinching two points.

Third set action was close throughout, as neither team was able to create distance on the scoreboard. The match once again went to extra points before Harvard's Cornelius and Bain deposited kills on Pepperdine's side of the net to take it 28-26.

Pepperdine took over in the fourth set, going ahead by eight points early in the fourth set and sealing it with a score of 25-12. 

Harvard bounced back and the fifth set proved to be very close. Kills by Roberts, Cornelius and Bain helped the Crimson stay tied at 10-10, but the Waves were able to pull away and sealed the victory with a 15-11 score in the final set.

Harvard returns to the Northeast this week for games at New Hampshire Tuesday, Sept. 13, and home contests against crosstown rivals Boston College and Northeastern next weekend.