Christina Cornelius had 12 kills against Northeastern. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team fell in four sets, 3-1, to Northeastern on Saturday night at Malkin Athletic Center. The Huskies won by set scores of 23-25, 25-22, 25-10, and 25-22.
Christina Cornelius and Grace Roberts Burbank led the Crimson attack with 12 and 11 kills respectively, while senior Corinne Bain added 24 assists. Cornelius also added four block assists for the Crimson.
In the decisive fourth set, Northeastern raced out to a 14-8 lead midway through the frame before the Crimson responded by winning 14 of the next 23 points, cutting the Northeastern margin to one at 23-22 after a Christina Cornelius kill. But the Huskies finished off the match by winning the next two points, the decisive one coming on a block at the net by Northeastern's Caterina Rosander and Hannah Fry.
Harvard won a back-and forth opening set by holding off a late Northeastern rally, as the Huskies cut the Crimson lead to 24-23 before Christina Cornelius' kill to the back right corner gave the home team and early lead.
Northeastern closed out a hard fought second set in which neither team led by more than five points. Roberts Burbank had her strongest set of the match with four kills in the frame.
The Huskies dominated play in the third set with 15 kills and just two errors for a .419 attack percentage, racing out to a big lead early to take control of the match for good.
The Crimson will open up Ivy League play next Friday night at Dartmouth with a 7 p.m. contest. The game will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.