Christina Cornelius was selected as a member of the All-Tournament team at the conclusion of the tournament. (Gil Talbot).
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (2-4) wrapped up the Fairfield Invitational today, Sept. 8, splitting its two final contests. First falling to Michigan State (8-1) in three sets earlier this morning, the Crimson bounced back with a 3-1 victory over tournament host Fairfield (1-7) this afternoon. Following the match, senior co-captain Christina Cornelius was selected as a member of the All-Tournament team after accumulating 33 kills, 22 digs and nine blocks through three matches.
Harvard vs. Michigan State
Despite fighting its way back in sets two and three after stumbling in the first, the Crimson dropped three straight sets to the Spartans by scores of 25-13, 25-21 and 25-16. Cornelius continues to top the Crimson's line up, leading with seven kills, three of which came in the second frame. Freshman Kate Condra tallied three kills for a team-best .429 attack percentage, while freshmen Bella Almanza assisted Harvard with 11 helpers. The Crimson defense held the Spartans to a .200 hitting percentage in the opening set, as Cornelius led with nine digs and two blocks.
- Harvard falls to 0-2 in its all-time series against Michigan State.
- The Crimson tallied five service aces against the Spartans.
Harvard vs. Fairfield
Harvard ended the Fairfield Invitational on a high note with a strong 3-1 victory over tournament host Fairfield by set scores of 25-19, 25-16, 19-25 and 25-19. Cornelius tallied double-digit kills for the second night in a row, leading the team in two consecutive matches with 12 kills and zero errors for a near career-best .522 hitting percentage. Adding to Harvard's offense was junior Maclaine Fields with eight kills, while freshmen Condra notched seven. Freshmen Almanza and Grace Varsames were key contributors on the court, with 21 and 16 assists, respectively.
The Crimson posed a solid defense as well, winning the blocking battle six to three. Anna Uhr tallied a team-high 18 digs, while Cornelius added three blocks, two of which were block solos. Holding the Stags to a .071 attack percentage in the fourth set, Harvard was able to hold off Fairfield's third set comeback to secure the win its in final match of the Invitational.
- The Crimson dominated in the final frame to seal its win, taking the last 11 of 16 points in the set.
- Cornelius notched double-digit kills for the second night in a row, posting an unblemished mark tonight with zero errors against the Stags.
- Harvard improves to 8-4 in its all-time series against Fairfield.
- Senior co-captain Christina Cornelius was selected as a member of the All-Tournament team at the conclusion of the tournament.
Harvard returns to Cambridge for the New England Challenge next Thursday through Saturday. Making its debut at the Malkin Athletic Center for the first time this season, the Crimson will take on Boston College and UMass Lowell at home, while traveling to cross town rival Northeastern for the three-match slate.