Corinne Bain had 11 kills, 25 assists, and 15 digs against Brown. (Gil Talbot)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman Grace Roberts Burbank led the Harvard women's volleyball team with 14 kills, and senior Corinne Bain added 11 kills, 25 assists, 15 digs, and six block assists to lead the Crimson to a 3-1 win at Brown on Friday night.
Harvard (4-9, 2-2 Ivy League) won by set scores of 10-25, 25-23, 25-15, and 25-23, holding Brown to just .161 hitting on the night. Freshman Maclaine Fields notched nine kills and seven block assists, Christina Cornelius added nine kills, and Jocelyn Meyer added six total blocks for Harvard, which won its fourth straight in the series against the Bears.
Brown took an early 1-0 lead in the match, pulling away from Harvard with a 9-0 run late in the set while already holding a 16-10 lead. The Bears held Harvard to just .034 on attack in the set.
But Harvard rallied in the second set, running out to a 16-12 advantage before the Bears evened the score at 22-22 late in the frame. With the Crimson holding a 24-23 lead on Brown's serve, Heather Sigurdson's dig and Erin McCarthy's set led to a cross-court kill by Bain to close out the frame and even the match at 1-1.
Harvard had its most dominant set on attack in the third frame, recording 15 kills and just one error for a .438 hitting percentage. The Crimson never trailed in the set, running off four straight points on Bain's serve midway through the frame to take a 21-13 lead. Two consecutive kills by Roberts Burbank closed out the set at 25-15.
In a hard fought third set in which neither team led by more than two points, the Crimson won the key rallies late in the frame. With the set tied at 23-23 on Brown's serve, Bain's kill down the line gave Harvard a chance to close out the match. A dig by Isabelle Tashima (17 digs) and perfect set by Bain set up Cornelius' clinching kill, giving Harvard a well-earned road victory.
Harvard will take on Yale tomorrow night at 5 p.m. in a game that will air on the Ivy League Digital Network.