Anna Uhr recorded 25 digs, a new career-high against Cleveland State. (Gil Talbot)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Opening its season at the Michigan Invitational this weekend, the Harvard women's volleyball team (0-2) was edged, 3-2, by Cleveland State and faced a 3-0 setback against No. 23 Michigan in its opening doubleheader today, September 1st.
Harvard vs. Cleveland State
The Crimson took the first two sets off the Vikings by scores of 25-23 and 27-25 before falling in the next two, 25-13 and 25-12. Battling the Vikings to five sets, Cleveland State narrowly slipped past Harvard 15-11 in the final frame to seal its victory. In the opening set, Harvard held Cleveland State to a .075 hitting percentage while hitting .216 itself with 14 kills. Sophomore Mindie Mabry led the attack with 14 kills, while adding 15 digs and one block solo on defense. Senior Anna Uhr added to Harvard's defense with a career-high and team-leading 25 digs.
- Mabry nearly reached her career high of 16 kills with 14 in the Crimson's season opener.
- Freshmen Bella Almanza, Julia Beckmann and Kate Condra made their collegiate debuts, each contributing to Harvard's defensive efforts.
- Almanza recorded a team high 39 assists in her first match with the Crimson.
- Sophomore Evelyn Gray knocked down a career high nine kills.
- Senior co-captain Christina Cornelius added eight kills, while junior Maclaine Fields notched seven.
Harvard vs. Michigan
Despite a valiant effort from the Crimson defense, Michigan controlled the match, besting Harvard by set scores of 25-12, 25-15 and 25-13. Captain Christina Cornelius led the Crimson offense with six kills, while Maclaine Fields notched five to hit a team-best .286. Freshmen Bella Almanza added 14 helpers to assist the attack, while Mindie Mabry led the defensive efforts with nine digs. Almanza and Anna Uhr followed closely behind with seven digs apiece.
Harvard is back in action tomorrow, Sept. 2, closing out the Michigan Invitational against Eastern Michigan at 1 p.m.