Bain Leads Women's Volleyball to Home Sweep Against Columbia

Corinne Bain recorded her third straight triple-double in the win against Columbia. (Gil Tablot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
Senior Corinne Bain recorded her third straight triple-double with 13 kills, 16 assists, and 13 digs to lead Harvard women's volleyball (5-10, 3-3 Ivy League) to a 3-0 win over Columbia (9-7, 4-2 Ivy League) at Malkin Athletic Center on Friday night. Freshman Grace Roberts Burbank recorded 11 kills and freshman Erin McCarthy added 27 assists to lead Harvard.

The Crimson won by set scores of 25-20, 25-22, and 25-11. Harvard recorded a .317 team attack percentage, including a .500 mark in the third set.

Trailing 5-2 early in the deciding set, Harvard took the lead with a 14-4 run, capped off by Bain's 10th kill of the night to clinch the triple-double and give the Crimson a decisive 16-9 lead. Harvard closed out Columbia by winning eight of the next 10 points, sealing the win after a block error by the Lions.

In a tightly contested second set, Harvard rallied to tie at 10-10 after a solo block by Christina Cornelius. A 6-3 run by the Lions put the visiting team up 16-13, but Paige Kebe's cross-court kill kept the Crimson within striking distance. Columbia's 4-0 run late in the set gave the Lions a 21-16 lead, forcing a Harvard timeout. The Crimson responded with a 9-1 run to close out the set. Bain's kill helped Harvard retake the lead at 23-22. A ball handling error by Columbia forced set point, which was decided by another Columbia attack error. Harvard finished the frame with 15 kills and just four errors for an attack percentage of .297.

In the opening set Columbia led 11-7, running off three straight points to force a Harvard timeout. The Crimson rallied back on the next point, as Isabelle Tashima came up with two diving digs to keep the point alive, setting up a kill by Christina Cornelius.

Harvard's best point in the 11-4 run to retake the lead came after another great dig by Bain on a ball at her head, setting up a kill by Jocelyn Meyer to make it 17-15 Crimson. Harvard extended to 21-17 after McCarthy's service ace, then closed out the set on Kebe's kill at 25-20.

The Crimson close out the weekend with a 5 p.m. contest tomorrow against Cornell at the Malkin Athletic Center. The match will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.