CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Despite a career high 37 assists from Erin McCarthy and 19 digs from Sydney Vach in her collegiate debut, the Harvard women's volleyball team (0-1) faced a 3-1 setback in its season opener against Stony Brook (2-3) this evening (Sept. 1).
Other notable contributors to the Crimson effort included junior Christina Cornelius who led the team with nine kills and three blocks as well as Grace Roberts Burbank and Jocelyn Meyer who tallied eight kills apiece. Mindie Mabry also made her collegiate debut, totaling six kills and eight digs.
- Harvard jumped to a 5-0 start before Stony Brook chipped back to tie the score at 11.
- The score was locked again at 13, 15 and 16 points before McKyla Brooks knocked in two kills, putting the Seawolves in position to take the set 25-19.
- The Crimson and Seawolves traded opening points before Sope Adeleye registered three kills in five rallies to put Harvard up 11-7.
- Stony Brook chipped back, cutting its deficit to one at 15-14.
- Sophomore Grace Roberts Burbank sealed the first set of the season for the Crimson at 25-22.
- The Seawolves charged to an 11-3 advantage, holding the lead wire to wire and securing the set at 25-16.
- Stony Brook's lack of control early in the set gave Harvard four-point lead.
- The Seahawks then took five points straight to jump ahead at 12-9.
- Kills from Jocelyn Meyer and Mindie Mabry kept the set competitive, but Stony Brook eventually notched the match winner at 25-19.
- Harvard falls to 3-3 all-time with Stony Brook
- Through four sets, the lead changed six times and the score was tied 15 times
- Harvard posted a .444 hitting percentage in set two on 18 kills, two errors and 36 attempts
The Crimson are back at the MAC tomorrow, Sept. 2 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. against Sacred Heart and American, respectively.