Senior Corinne Bain notched a career high 21 kills against Penn (Gil Talbot).
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Senior Corinne Bain notched a career high 21 kills with 23 assists, and freshman Grace Roberts Burbank added 15 kills and 14 digs, but the Harvard women's volleyball team fell 3-1 to Penn on Saturday night at The Palestra. The Quakers won by set scores of 25-18, 19-25, 25-16 and 25-21.
Freshman Maclaine Fields added 10 kills, and Christina Cornelius also posted 10 kills, while Isabelle Tashima led the Crimson with 21 digs. Penn (7-8, 2-1 Ivy League) snapped a four game losing streak against Harvard (3-9, 1-2 Ivy League) behind a phenomenal effort on attack, notching 60 kills with just six errors for a .360 attack percentage.
Harvard notched 62 kills on the night in the match offset by 21 errors for a .258 hitting percentage.
The Quakers jumped out to an early lead in the match, using a 6-0 run midway through the first set to stretch their lead to 20-12. Bain's fifth kill of the set cut the Penn lead to 23-18, but the Quakers won the next two points to take the opening set. Penn recorded 19 kills and just one error in the frame.
Harvard responded with its best effort of the night in the second set, recording 19 kills and just five errors, with Bain (7 kills) and Roberts Burbank (7 kills) leading the way. The Crimson pulled away late in the frame, running off the last three points in the set to even the match at 1-1. Leading 22-19, freshman Anna Uhr made an off balance dig to set up a Roberts Burbank kill to put Harvard back on serve. Two straight cross-court kills from Bain helped Harvard win the set at 25-19.
Harvard's momentum carried into the early stages of the third set, as the Crimson took a 9-6 lead with Bain recording two of her three service aces in the match during the early stages. But Penn ripped off an 8-0 run, and Harvard would get no closer than four the rest of the set.
In the fourth set, neither team led by more than three points until the late stages, when Penn, leading 22-21, won the last three points of the match. Harvard recorded 18 kills in the frame to Penn's 13 with Bain (7 kills) once again leading the way.
Harvard concludes a season high five game Ivy League road swing next weekend at Brown and Yale, with both games available to stream on the Ivy League Digital Network.