Women's Volleyball Drops Five Set Thriller to Princeton

Corinne Bain notched her fifth triple-double of the season against Princeton. (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Corinne Bain recorded her fifth triple-double of the season with 20 kills, 24 assists and 12 digs, but the Harvard women's volleyball team (6-13, 4-6 Ivy League) fell in five sets to Princeton (16-3, 10-0 Ivy League) inside Malkin Athletic Center. The Tigers won by set scores of 25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 23-25, and 15-10.

Sophomore Christina Cornelius added a season-high 14 kills, freshman Erin McCarthy added 29 assists and nine digs, and freshman Isabelle Tashima led Harvard with 17 digs.

The Crimson forced a decisive fifth set by winning two key points late in the fourth frame. Tied at 23-23, Cornelius' kill put Harvard back in front, and a Princeton attack error helped the Crimson clinch a set it controlled throughout. Harvard recorded a match high .471 hitting percentage on attack in the set.

In the fifth set, Harvard and Princeton traded points, with neither team leading by more than one through the first 14 points. Princeton finally started to pull away late, taking advantage of two Harvard service errors in the last five points to earn a 15-10 win in the frame.

Princeton jumped ahead early in the match, running off five straight points to break a 10-10 tie. The Tigers would extend their lead to 10 at 24-14 before closing out the set on Brittany Ptak's kill three points later.

The Crimson played a much cleaner second set, with 12 kills and just three attack errors in a very tightly contested frame. Trailing 23-22, Cornelius notched two consecutive kills, forcing a Princeton timeout on set point. Then Tashima notched a service ace to even the match at 1-1.

The third set also was decided by a late run, this time by Princeton. Roberts Burbank's well placed kill pulled Harvard to within one at 22-21, and after another Princeton point, Maclaine Fields added a kill to make it 23-22. A Crimson service error, followed by a block at the net by the Tigers give Princeton the edge heading into the fourth frame.

Harvard will hit the road next weekend to take on Cornell and Columbia on Nov. 11-12, with both games available to stream on the Ivy League Digital Network.