Women’s Volleyball Falls Short to Cornell, 3-1

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (5-6, 0-2 Ivy) suffered a 3-1 setback at Cornell tonight, Sept. 28, falling to the Big Red by set scores of 20-25, 25-21, 19-25 and 17-25. The loss drops the Crimson to 5-6 overall and 0-2 in Ivy play, while the Big Green improves to 7-5, 2-0.

Cornell took the opening set to hold an initial 1-0 lead, until Harvard answered with a strong set of its own to even the score at 1-1. After a battle in the third set that featured 10 score ties and the Big Red taking a 2-1 lead, the Crimson were unable to secure set four as Cornell took the match.

Sophomore Mindie Mabry tallied double-digit kills for the fifth time this season, leading Harvard with 10 kills. Sope Adeleye and Christina Cornelius each contributed eight kills apiece, as Cornelius hit at a team-best .353 clip with only two errors on 17 attacks. First-year setters Bella Almanza and Grace Varsames dished out 19 and 10 assists, respectively, while both adding a service ace to their tally.

Anna Uhr led the back court with a match-high 13 digs, followed by Cornelius with 10. Cornelius dominated at the net, recording seven of the Crimson's 15 total blocks on the night, while Adeleye added a career-high eight.

Harvard Highlights
- The Crimson matched the Big Red on the scoresheet, tallying 15 blocks to its 16 and 50 digs to its 55.
- Harvard held Cornell to a .033 hitting percentage in set two.

Game Notes
- The score tied 27 times throughout the entire match, including 13 times in the final frame with 10 lead changes.

Up Next
Harvard will travel to Columbia for a 5 p.m. match up tomorrow, Sept. 29, to close out its Ivy road trip.