Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Ivy League Leader Princeton

Women’s Volleyball Sweeps Ivy League Leader Princeton

Harvard picked up its second consecutive sweep of the weekend to remain undefeated at home this season (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (7-7, 2-3 Ivy) earned its second-straight sweep of the weekend, taking down Princeton (11-5, 4-1 Ivy) in straight sets tonight, Oct. 6, at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson handed the Tigers its first conference loss of the season by set scores of 25-20, 25-19 and 25-23.

Senior co-captain Christina Cornelius hit in double-digits for the seventh time this season with a team-leading 12 kills, tallying only one error for a season-high .524 attack percentage. Joining her in double figures for the second consecutive night, Grace Roberts Burbank notched 10 kills of her own, while Jaimie Rao and Mindie Mabry each tallied nine.

Adding to Harvard's offensive efforts, Mabry fired in three service aces, while first-year Bella Almanza dished out 41 helpers. Senior libero Anna Uhr led the back court with 10 digs, while Cornelius recorded eight and Sandra Zeng and Brooke Istvan registered six apiece. At the net, Jocelyn Meyer contributed a team-high four blocks.

Harvard and Princeton opened the match in a defensive battle as the score would tie seven times up until 8-8. The teams exchanged short runs until the Crimson began to pull away at 20-15. Capitalizing on Princeton's attacking errors, Harvard sealed the set at 25-10.

The Crimson charged to an 8-3 lead to start set two, forcing the Tigers to take a time out. Princeton chipped back at the score, using a 3-0 run to come within one at 11-10. With the Tigers' defense on its toes, the Crimson went on a 4-2 scoring run to widen the gap at six and take a commanding 18-12 advantage. Strong defense coupled with kills from Mabry and Rao gave Harvard a 2-0 lead in the match as it took set two 25-19.

The two teams began the final set striking point-for-point to a 9-9 gridlock. The Crimson used a 4-1 run to take a 13-11 lead, but the Tigers continued to apply pressure and knot the score at 14-14. Another 4-2 run by the Crimson extended its lead to 19-16, while Cornelius pushed Harvard to a 23-19 advantage with three kills and eventually clinched the match at 25-23.

Harvard Highlights
- Harvard picked up its second straight sweep of the season and remains undefeated at home with a 4-0 record.
- The Crimson outblocked the Tigers 12 to seven and outhit them .381 to .236. 

Game Notes
- The Crimson handed the Tigers its first conference loss of the season.
- Harvard snapped a four-match losing streak against Princeton tonight.

Up Next
Harvard will make the short trip down to Ivy foes Brown and Yale next weekend, Oct. 12 and 13. First serves are set for 7 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, and will be broadcast on ESPN+.