Posted: Sep 23, 2016
Paige Kebe led Harvard with 11 kills at Dartmouth (Gil Talbot).
HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard women's volleyball team kicked off Ivy League play on Friday night with a 3-0 sweep at Dartmouth. The Crimson began their quest for a third straight conference title with a hard-earned victory in Hanover, winning by set scores of 27-25, 25-16, and 25-23.
Harvard (3-7, 1-0 Ivy League) improved to 48-21 in the all-time series against Dartmouth (6-5, 0-1 Ivy League), and the Crimson swept the Big Green for the second straight time.
The Crimson were buoyed by a balanced offensive attack, as with five registering six or more kills on the night. Paige Kebe led the way with 11 kills and a hitting percentage of .346. Christina Cornelius, Maclaine Fields, and Grace Roberts Burbank each added seven kills, and Corinne Bain notched six kills and 18 assists. Both Bain and Cornelius recorded four block assists.
In the final set, down 18-16, Harvard took control by running off five straight points. Roberts Burbank got the run started with a kill down the middle after a misplayed point by Dartmouth. Then Jocelyn Meyer notched two straight kills to cap it off, showing good touch by finding the open floor on both. Up 24-23 later in the set, Bain's cross court kill finished off the match to give Harvard the victory.
After falling behind 6-0 in the opening set, Harvard slowly chipped away, using a five-point run midway through to tie the score at 17-17 after Erin McCarthy's ace. After five more ties in the set, including the last one at 25-25, a service ace by Isabelle Tashima followed by a Christina Cornelius kill gave Harvard an early edge in the match.
Behind an efficient effort on the attack (13 kills, .379 hitting percentage), Harvard had little trouble closing out the second set, using a 9-2 run to take a 19-12 lead and grab control of the match for good.
Harvard continues Ivy League play next weekend at Princeton and Penn, with both games available to stream on the Ivy League Digital Network.