Women’s Volleyball Blazes to 3-0 Win Over Columbia

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard women's volleyball (8-4, 3-0 Ivy) continued to steam roll through the Ivy League with a 3-0 victory over Columbia (5-7, 0-3 Ivy) on Saturday evening. The Crimson handedly beat the Lions 25-14 and 25-15 in sets one and two, before slowly but surely securing set three with a 25-22 win. Harvard registered a .396 overall hitting percentage, with five different players hitting .275 or better.

After this weekend's matches, Harvard and Princeton are the only teams that remain unbeaten in the Ivy League. Harvard has now won seven consecutive matches, quietly approaching an 11-match streak from 2014. 

Match Highlights

  • Jocelyn Meyer played one of her best matches of the season to date, putting down nine kills with zero errors for a .600 hitting percentage, a new team season high.
  • Meyer added four aces, a dig and a block for 13.5 points.
  • Harvard hit .396 for the match, a new season high.
  • The Crimson recorded an overall sideout percentage of 66 

Set One

  • Two of Harvard's first three points came on kills from Jocelyn Meyer.
  • Cornelius slammed a kill down to give Harvard a 15-12 lead.
  • Midway through set one, the Crimson was boasting a .467 hitting percentage with zero attack errors.
  • Meyer posted back-to-back aces for Harvard's 18th and 19th points.
  • The first block of the night was recorded by Heather Sigurdson and Christina Cornelius to end set one 25-15.
  • Four Harvard players registered hitting percentages of .400 or higher in set one. (the team hit .481) 

Set Two

  • Harvard sprinted to a 4-1 lead to begin set two.
  • Columbia stepped up its attack, knotting the score at seven.
  • Harvard took the lead back at 9-8 with a huge block from McCarthy and Cornelius.
  • Columbia's composure began to crumble, as the Crimson took a 16-9 lead.
  • Christina Cornelius notched her fourth kill of the night, putting Harvard in set point position.

Set Three

  • After the 10-minute break, Columbia came out firing on all cylinders, putting all effort towards keeping pace with the Crimson.
  • The Lions would tie the score nine times in the final set, taking their largest lead of the match at 9-6.
  • The teams continued to trade points in the final set, with a service error putting the final nail in the match for Columbia. 

What's Next?
Next up, Harvard will play its first road matches of the conference season at Penn and Princeton. Friday's match at Penn will be televised on ESPN3 at 7 p.m. and Saturday's contest will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network beginning at 5 p.m.