Women's Volleyball Falls 3-1 at Columbia

Women's Volleyball Falls 3-1 at Columbia

Sophomore Christina Cornelius led Harvard with a .476 hitting percentage at Columbia. (Gil Talbot)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Sophomore Christina Cornelius notched 12 kills, a .476 attack percentage and nine digs, and senior Corinne Bain recorded her seventh triple-double of the season with 14 kills, 15 assists and 12 digs, but the Harvard women's volleyball team (7-14, 5-7 Ivy League) fell in four sets at Columbia (13-9, 8-4 Ivy League). The Lions won by set scores of 25-20, 30-32, 29-27, and 25-14.

Freshman setter Erin McCarthy added 29 assists, and Jocelyn Meyer also had a standout night on attack, notching seven kills and a hitting percentage of .429.

With the match tied at 1-1, and Columbia holding a 24-21 lead in the third set, the Crimson rallied for four straight points, capped off by a service ace from Grace Roberts Burbank to give Harvard the first of two set points. On the first set point at 25-24, Maclaine Fields' attack sailed inches wide. Moments later at 26-25, Columbia came up with a kill down the middle. The Lions would eventually close out the set at 29-27 to take control of the match.

In the fourth set, Harvard trailed Columbia 11-10 before the Lions won seven of the next eight points to run out to an 18-11 lead. The Lions would close out the match with a 25-14 set win, as Harvard was hamstrung by a .147 hitting percentage in the frame, while the Lions had their best effort on attack (.500).

In the opening set, Harvard won the first five points of the frame, and led 18-15 after Cornelius' kill towards the left sideline. But Columbia won seven points in a row to take a 22-18 lead, then closed out the set at 25-20 on a service ace.

In the second set, the longest of the night, Harvard recorded 20 kills, finally putting away the Lions at 32-30 after holding off four Columbia set points. Trailing 30-29 in the frame, Roberts Burbank came up with a kill at the net, which was followed by a Bain block, and then a kill by Bain from the same spot. But Columbia rallied for the next two set wins to earn the victory.

Harvard returns home for the final weekend of the regular season, with matches against Yale and Brown on Nov. 11-12. Both will air on the Ivy League Digital Network.