Harvard Hands Northeastern First Home Loss Since 2015

BOSTON, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (4-4) earned its second straight win in striking fashion, ending Northeastern's (5-6) 12 match unbeaten streak at home. After dropping the first set well into extra points (28-26), Harvard rallied for three straight (25-20, 25-23, 25-18) to take a 2-0 mark in the 2017 New England Challenge with one match remaining in the queue. 

Match Highlights

  • Erin McCarthy tallied her third double-double of the season on 48 assists and 13 digs.
  • Maclaine Fields registered a team high .360 hitting percentage with 11 kills.
  • Five different Crimson players recorded double-digit kills.
  • Anna Uhr tied her season best 14 digs.
  • Christina Cornelius tallied a team high 13 kills and seven blocks.
  • Heather Sigurdson recorded a career high 11 digs.

Set One

  • Kills from the front row coupled with Northeastern struggling to keep control gave Harvard an 8-4 lead to open the set.
  • The Huskies increased the pressure, keeping the Crimson within two through the middle of the frame.
  • The set cruised into extra points, with quick kills from Amy Underdown and Natalie Shollin securing the first set for Northeastern.

Set Two

  • The Huskies and Crimson went point for point in set two, with the score locked at 6.
  • Harvard took its first lead of the set at 8-7.
  • Errors from Northeastern extended the Crimson's lead to 14-10.
  • The score would tie four more times before Harvard scored three in a row to even the match.

Set Three

  • The teams traded points through the first 10 rallies, neither squad gaining more than a one point lead.
  • Behind the arm of Maclaine Fields and Mindie Mabry, Harvard created some space at 14-12.
  • The Crimson used the momentum to jump to an 18-13 advantage.
  • The Huskies chipped back, cutting the deficit to three.
  • Northeastern fought to tie the score at 23 late in the set.
  • Jocelyn Meyer packed a punch to win set three for the Crimson 25-23.

Set Four

  • Northeastern came out blazing in set four, charging to a 5-1 lead.
  • Harvard clawed back to tie the set at 9.
  • The Crimson held the lead but the Huskies persisted, keeping the score within two.
  • A block from Roberts Burbank put the Crimson at the 20 mark first, closing in on its second New England Challenge win.
  • Harvard upped the ante, firing on all cylinders to take the match with a 25-18 set score. 

Game Notes

  • Harvard is 2-0 on the road this season.
  • 21 season highs and four career highs were set against the Huskies.

 

What's Next?
Harvard will close out the New England Challenge tomorrow night at the MAC against UMass Lowell. The match is set to begin at 5 p.m.