Volleyball Wins Conference Opener In Front of Packed Malkin Athletic Center


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In front of a standing room only crowd at the Malkin Athletic Center, the Harvard women's volleyball team (6-4, 1-0 Ivy) opened Ivy League play with a 3-1 victory against Dartmouth (4-6, 0-1 Ivy) on Friday night.

Christina Cornelius backed up her Ivy League Player of the Week award with a career high 18 kills paired with 10 digs for her second double-double of the season. The junior co-captain also registered a match high .467 hitting percentage.

Match Highlights

  • Harvard is now 50-21 all-time against Dartmouth.
  • Maclaine Fields was another top performer for the Crimson, raking in 11 kills with a .435 hitting percentage and five blocks.
  • Paige Kebe tallied a season high 10 kills.
  • Anna Uhr and Heather Sigurdson added a kill apiece for the first time this season.
  • Freshmen Mindie Mabry and Sandra Zeng served two aces each, both career highs for the rookies.
  • Eighteen season highs and 10 career highs were set during tonight's match.
  • The Crimson has now strung together five consecutive wins for the first time since an 11-match streak Oct. 10-Nov. 15, 2014.
  • The Crimson has faced the Big Green in each of its last 17 Ivy League openers. In that span, the team is now 8-9 overall and 3-5 at the Malkin Athletic Center.

Set One

  • Harvard charged out of the gate, going on a 6-2 run and then extending its lead to 15-5.
  • Five kills and two blocks from Fields, four kills from Cornelius, three kills from Kebe and four aces got the Crimson fired up with a 25-12 win.

Set Two

  • Dartmouth picked up its feet in set two, holding a steady lead through majority of the set.
  • Kills from Jocelyn Meyer and Cornelius tied the score at one, five and 15 but the Crimson was unable to fend off the Big Green, evening the match at 1-1.

Set Three

  • Harvard took advantage of an unsteady Dartmouth attack, gaining a 7-2 lead to begin the third frame.
  • The Crimson maintained its lead for the remainder of the set, successfully holding off a late rally from the Big Green to take a 2-1 match advantage with a 25-23 set three score.

Set Four

  • With a 1-0 Ivy League record in sight, Harvard kept composure through the fourth set, putting together five kills from Cornelius, three kills from Fields and 11 assists from Erin McCarthy to take the match with a 25-20 set four win.

What's Next?
Harvard will continue Ivy League play next weekend, hosting Cornell and Columbia for a Friday/Saturday slate. The matches will be played at the Malkin Athletic Center and are set for 7 p.m. and 5 p.m. starts respectively.