CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Opening Ivy League play in front of a packed Malkin Athletic Center, the Harvard women's volleyball team (2-8, 0-1 Ivy League) fell just short to Dartmouth (5-5, 1-0 Ivy League), 3-2, tonight Sept. 28. The five-set, closely contested loss came by set scores of 25-21, 25-19, 20-25, 19-25 and 6-15.
Jaimie Rao led the Crimson attack against the Big Green with a dominant performance, recording a career-high 19 kills and .438 hitting percentage. The sophomore outside hitter registered just five errors on the night. Adding to Harvard's offensive efforts, Mindie Mabry, Ava Rauser and Grace Roberts Burbank each tallied seven kills apiece, while Rauser hit at a team-best .455 clip. Setters Bella Almanza and Ashley Wang were once again solid contributors to Harvard's offense, dishing out 23 assists each. Almanza provided support from the service line as well, adding three aces to bring her total to 16 on the season.
Leading the backcourt, junior Sandra Zeng paced the defense with a season-high 19 digs, while Mabry came close to her second double-double of the season with nine. First-year Rauser put up a strong showing at the net, guiding the Crimson with six block assists. Sope Adeleye and Evelyn Gray made a presence at the net as well, tallying three blocks each.
- The Crimson hit at a match-high .344 clip in the first set.
- Harvard held Dartmouth to a .156 hitting percentage on the night, including a -.036 percentage in set two.
- The Crimson registered eight service aces against the Big Green.
The Crimson will embark on a four-match road stretch starting next weekend, Oct. 4-5. Harvard will head to Yale on Friday, Oct. 4 for a 7 p.m. tilt, before traveling to Brown on Saturday, Oct. 5 for a 5 p.m. match up.