Women’s Volleyball Falls in Five to Dartmouth

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot

HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (5-5, 0-1 Ivy) saw its four-match winning streak snapped tonight by Dartmouth (5-6, 1-0 Ivy) in its opening contest of Ivy League play. The five-set, closely contested loss came by set scores of 26-24, 21-25, 25-21, 17-25 and 15-17.

Christina Cornelius recorded her second double-double of the season with 14 digs and 14 kills, her fifth match of the season in double-digit kills, while Maclaine Fields was just shy of one with 14 kills and nine blocks. Fields led the Crimson in attack percentage, hitting at a .357 clip (4 errors, 28 attacks). Grace Roberts Burbank and Mindie Mabry were once again solid contributors to the Crimson offense, adding 10 and nine kills apiece, while freshmen setter Bella Almanza dished out a season-high 43 assists.

Four Crimson players notched double-digit digs, as Anna Uhr paced the defense with a team-best 19. Senior co-captain Brooke Istvan recorded a career-high 13, while Almanza notched her third double-double of her career, adding 10 digs to her tally.

Despite the Big Green racing to a 13-4 lead to open the match, the Crimson attack rallied back to go on a 10-5 run to cut its deficit to six at 21-15 and force a Dartmouth timeout. With the Big Green defense rattled, Harvard continued to pressure and knot the score at 24-24. Forcing extra points, the Crimson sealed the set at 26-24 off a final kill from Mabry.

The teams traded points to begin the second set, until Harvard went on a 5-0 scoring run to take a 14-12 advantage. Dartmouth fought back to force four tie points up to 20-20. The Big Green used a timeout after the Crimson took a 21-20 lead, only for Dartmouth to finish off the set 25-21 with a 5-0 run out of the break.

The Crimson jumped to a 12-8 lead at the start of set three, widening its lead to 18-12 at the midway point. Harvard and Dartmouth exchanged the next nine points as the Crimson extended its lead to 23-16. The Big Green upped its ante with five unanswered points to close the gap at 23-21, until Harvard clinched the final two points to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

With the match on the line, Dartmouth forced a decisive fifth set after taking set four 25-17. The final frame began with four ties up to 12-12. Fields knocked down three kills to give Harvard a 15-14 lead, but the Big Green rallied back, taking the set into extra points and clinching the win at 17-15.

Harvard Highlights
- Almanza, Cornelius and Fields each recorded double-doubles in tonight's five-set showdown.
- Four players recorded double-digit digs, including a career-high 13 from Istvan.

Game Notes
- The Big Green bested the Crimson for the first time in its last five meetings.
- The Crimson falls to 51-22 in its all-time series with the Big Green.

Up Next
Harvard will embark on its first Ivy League road trip of the season to Cornell and Columbia next weekend, Sept. 28-29. First serves are set for 7 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, and will be broadcast on ESPN+.