Women’s Volleyball Edged by Yale

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (10-6, 5-2 Ivy) suffered its second Ivy League loss at the hands of Yale (12-4, 6-1 Ivy) on Saturday evening. The Crimson went toe-to-toe with the Bulldogs in the scorebook, narrowly missing a chance to take an outright lead in the conference. 

After a banner night against Brown, Christina Cornelius followed up with another 14 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. The junior added two aces, six digs, three blocks and a match high 17.5 points to her performance. In the four-setter, Erin McCarthy averaged 11.5 assists per set, well above her season average of 10.22. McCarthy already ranks in the top 100 of the NCAA in the statistical category. 

On the Crimson attack, Mindie Mabry and Grace Roberts Burbank contributed 12 kills apiece, while Maclaine Fields registred a .400 hitting percentage. 

Defensively, five different Harvard players tallied five or more digs, led by Anna Uhr with 10 and Jocelyn Meyer with nine. Settling in to a mid-season switch from libero to defensive specialist, Sydney Vach contributed two assists and six digs. In her collegiate debut, Evelyn Gray put up three blocks for the Crimson and tallied the first kill of her career. 

For the first time this season, all four members of the Class of 2021 made an appearance in the match. Sandra Zeng added a kill, an assist and three digs to the Crimson effort in addition to being a staple at the service line.

Harvard struggled when Yale was in the position to serve, the Bulldogs' 11 aces making an impact on the final score line and Harvard registering a sideout percentage of 52 compared to Yale's 60. Harvard and Yale were even in kills (55) and nearly even in assists (52-51, Harvard), digs (50-49, Yale), blocks (9-7, Yale) and hitting percentage (.277-.246, Yale). 

As the second half of the Ivy slate is set to begin next week, Harvard is now tied with Princeton for No. 2 in the conference and Yale will take outright possession of the top spot for at least the next six days. Cornell takes sole possession of the No. 4 spot after a 3-1 win against Penn on Saturday while the Quakers and Dartmouth are locked at fifth and Brown and Columbia are tied for seventh. 

What's Next?
The Crimson will return to action next weekend for a single match at Dartmouth on Friday, Oct. 20.