Harvard heads into day three of the 2018 New England Challenge with a 2-0 mark. (Gil Talbot)
BOSTON, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (4-4) picked up its third-straight win tonight in four sets at Northeastern (5-6). The victory came by set scores of 25-18, 21-25, 25-22 and 25-23 as the Crimson takes a 2-0 mark in the 2018 New England Challenge with one match remaining.
Three players tallied double-digit kills for the second consecutive night as Mindie Mabry led the way with 14, while Christina Cornelius notched 11, followed by Grace Roberts Burbank at 10. Freshmen Bella Almanza and Grace Varsames split duties helping the Crimson's offense, dishing out 26 and 14 assists, respectively. Defensively, Anna Uhr led the way with 16 digs, while Sandra Zeng followed closely behind with 13. Cornelius and Mabry nearly had double-doubles, each recording nine digs.
The Crimson and Huskies went point-for-point to open the match, tying the score four times before Northeastern began to pull away. Harvard rallied, stringing together six straight points that featured two kills from Roberts Burbank to take a 18-15 lead. Capitalizing on Northeastern's attacking errors late in the set, Harvard sealed it 25-18.
Set two began tight, as the two teams tied the score seven times up to 9-9. After trading short runs, Northeastern's attack went into full gear to take set two 25-21 and knot the match up at one apiece.
Harvard jumped to a 5-1 advantage to start set three thanks to kills from Jocelyn Meyer and Maclaine Fields. The Crimson powered through the Huskies' defense as back-to-back kills from Mabry gave Harvard a 15-12 lead halfway through the set. A late 5-2 run propelled Harvard to a 24-21 lead as they claimed the final point at 25-22.
The Crimson fell early in set four, trailing the Huskies 12-6. Behind the arm of Mabry, Harvard went on a 9-2 run to take back the lead at 17-15, forcing two Northeastern timeouts. The Huskies began to chip back at Harvard's lead, cutting its deficit to 23-22. Unable to hold on, Northeastern dropped the final two points as the Crimson clinched the win at 25-23.
- Three Crimson players tallied double-digit kills for the second consecutive night, including Cornelius, Mabry and Roberts Burbank.
- Harvard won the blocking battle 7-6 and registered five service aces to Northeastern's three.
- The Crimson goes into day three of the New England Challenge undefeated after tonight's win and it's five-set win over Boston College last night.
Harvard will close out the New England Challenge at home tomorrow, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m., welcoming UMass Lowell to the Malkin Athletic Center. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+ and is free admission.