Women’s Volleyball Bests Brown in Five-Set Comeback

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Extending its win streak to three matches, the Harvard women's volleyball team bested Brown, 3-2, in a comeback victory tonight, Oct. 12, at the Pizzitola Sports Center. The Crimson secured its third Ivy win of the season by set scores of 23-25, 20-25, 25-19, 25-14 and 15-9. With its win tonight, Harvard improves to 3-3 in conference play with an 8-7 overall mark, while Brown dips to 1-5 in Ivy play, 8-8 overall.

After falling in the first two sets through closely contested action, the Crimson rallied to take the next three straight sets to clinch the match. Outhitting the Bears .210 to .156 overall, Harvard held Brown to a .000 attack percentage in sets three and four to force a decisive fifth set.

The Crimson dominated on the court, as three players tallied double-doubles and three hit in double-digit kills. Senior co-captain Christina Cornelius continues to be a force on attack, tying her career-high 18 kills tonight. Followed by Mindie Mabry with 15 and Grace Roberts Burbank at 10, Jocelyn Meyer hit at a team-best .444 clip on nine kills and one error to assist the Crimson attack. First-year Bella Almanza connected Harvard to 62 total kills on the night with a season-high 49 assists, while also tallying a team-leading three service aces.

Defensively, four Crimson players recorded double-digit digs, led by senior libero Anna Uhr with 22. Senior co-captain Brooke Istvan followed closely behind with 15, while Almanza and Mabry posted 14 and 13, respectively. At the net, Cornelius led the team with 10 blocks, while first-years Almanza and Jaimie Rao set season-highs, notching seven and four apiece.

Harvard Highlights
- Harvard outblocked Brown 15 to seven at the net.
- The Crimson recorded just one error in the final set, securing seven kills to help clinch the match.

Game Notes
- Set one included 14 tie scores and six lead changes.
- The Crimson has now won seven out of its eight last meetings with the Bears.
- With tonight's win, Harvard and Brown are knotted at 37-37 in its all-time series.

Up Next
Harvard returns to action tomorrow night at Yale for a 5 p.m. match up in New Haven, Conn.