Women’s Volleyball Secures 3-1 Victory Over Penn in Season Finale

Photo by: Gil Talbot
Photo by: Gil Talbot

PHILADELPHIA, PA. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (11-12, 6-8 Ivy) closed out its 2018 season with a 3-1 victory over Penn (6-19, 3-11 Ivy) tonight, Nov. 10 at the Palestra. The Crimson secured its season series sweep over the Quakers by set scores of 23-35, 25-23, 25-14 and 25-21.

After dropping a close first one 23-25 to open the match, Harvard rallied to take the next three-straight sets to clinch the win. While holding Penn to a .041 attack percentage overall, the Crimson earned its widest margin of the match with a dominant set three in which it hit at a .394 clip compared to the Quakers' .000.

Three Crimson attackers registered double-digit kills tonight as senior co-captain Christina Cornelius paced the offense with 15. Grace Roberts Burbank recorded her third consecutive match in double figures with 12, while Mindie Mabry followed with 11. Assisting the Crimson attack, first-year Bella Almanza dished out 40 helpers to lead Harvard to 50 total kills and a .148 hitting percentage.

Leading the back court, senior libero Anna Uhr tallied double-digit digs for the third consecutive match with a team-best 22. Brooke Istvan provided support with 12, while Almanza notched her fifth double-double of the season adding 11. At the net, the Crimson was dominant in the blocking battle, putting up 16 to Penn's 14. Maclaine Fields patrolled the net with a team-best eight, while Cornelius posted six and Almanza and Jocelyn Meyer each registered five apiece.

Harvard Highlights
- The Crimson has now won both of its meeting with Penn this season, previously earning a sweep over the Quakers at the Malkin Athletic Center back in October.

Game Notes
- With Harvard's win tonight, head coach Jen Weiss has now amassed 150 career wins in the Ivy League.

Up Next
As the 2018 season has come to an end, Harvard will turn its attention to preparing for the 2019 season.