Women's Volleyball Drops Ivy Road Test at Princeton

Women's Volleyball Drops Ivy Road Test at Princeton

Freshman Grace Roberts Burbank recorded her fourth game with double-digit kills this season. (Gil Talbot)

PRINCETON, N.J. – In a rematch of the 2015 Ivy League Playoff, the Harvard women's volleyball team fell 3-0 to Princeton on Friday night at Dillon Gymnasium. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-20, 25-11, and 25-20.

Freshman Grace Roberts Burbank led Harvard with 13 kills and a .323 hitting percentage, while Corinne Bain added 16 assists and Isabelle Tashima had nine digs. Princeton held Harvard to just .101 on attack for the night, while posting a .333 hitting percentage for the night.

Harvard (3-8, 1-1 Ivy League) lost just the second match in the last eight meetings against Princeton (8-3, 2-0 Ivy League), which won its sixth straight match.

In the deciding third set, the Crimson kept it close early, tying the score at 8-8 on Bain's kill to the back left corner. But Princeton pulled away midway through the set with a 13-11 lead, winning five of the next six points to extend its lead to six. Harvard cut the lead to 20-18 with a 4-0 run punctuated by a Roberts Burbank service ace, but the Tigers won the next three points, and closed out the match at 25-20.  
 
Harvard fell behind early in the opening set 7-4, but a 5-0 run by the Crimson, capped off by Bain's cross-court kill, put Harvard ahead in the set and forced a Princeton timeout.

With the set tied at 15-15, the Tigers reestablished control with a 4-0 run to take the lead for good. Maggie O'Connell's kill to the back left corner helped Princeton take the first set at 25-20.

The Tigers controlled the second set with 16 kills and just two errors for a .500 attack percentage, holding Harvard to a .133 hitting percentage in the frame. Up 17-11, Princeton won the last eight points in the set to take a 2-0 lead and take control of the match for good.
 
Harvard continues Ivy League play tomorrow night at Penn, with the game available to stream on the Ivy League Digital Network and on Watch ESPN and the ESPN app. Game time is 5 p.m. ET.