Women’s Volleyball Grinds Out 3-1 Win Against Cornell

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (7-4, 2-0 Ivy) improved to 2-0 in conference play after a gritty win against Cornell (5-6, 1-1 Ivy). Through four sets, the teams were even in kills at 54, nearly tied in assists and digs and the Big Red held a 13-6 advantage in blocks. Harvard's refined and controlled play gave it the edge to take the match 3-1. 

Grace Roberts Burbank led the attack tonight, totaling a team high 14 kills. Erin McCarthy also had a stellar match for the Crimson, notching her fourth double-double of the season on 40 assists and 12 digs. Additionally, the sophomore setter recorded six kills on six attempts with zero errors for a sparkling 1.000 hitting percentage.

Harvard, Yale and Princeton are the only teams that are still undefeated in Ivy League play. Yale and Princeton will face off Saturday evening in New Haven, Conn. 

Match Highlights

  • Christina Cornelius registered a .429 hitting percentage.
  • Jocelyn Meyer and Christina Cornelius added three blocks apiece.
  • Six season highs and three career highs were set in the match.
  • Harvard is now 6-2 this season when winning the first set.
  • Harvard is 2-0 in Ivy League play for the first time since 2004. 

Set One

  • Harvard charged to an 11-3 lead to open the match.
  • The Big Red chipped back to put itself within two at 12-10.
  • Back-to-back kills from Mindie Mabry put the Crimson up 23-15.
  • Cornell served with too much power, sending the ball out of bounds to give Harvard a 25-18 set win. 

Set Two

  • Cornell stepped up to the plate in set two, keeping Harvard within reach through the first 15 points.
  • The Crimson took three points straight for an 11-7 lead.
  • The lead bounced back and forth before Cornell evened the match with help from Kit McCarty. 

Set Three

  • Christina Cornelius and Erin McCarthy contributed to a 5-0 run by Harvard at the beginning of set three, the Crimson climbing to a 7-4 lead early on.
  • Harvard held the lead for the remainder of the set, putting itself one set away from victory.

Set Four

  • With its back against the wall, Cornell fought through set four, tying the score nine times during the final frame.
  • Despite forcing the set to extra points, the Big Red was unable to hold off Christina Cornelius, who sealed the set with consecutive kills at 26-24. 

What's Next?
The Crimson will return to the Malkin Athletic Center tomorrow (Saturday) night at 5 p.m. to take on the Columbia Lions.