Women’s Volleyball Upsets Yale, 3-1

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In front of a packed Malkin Athletic Center on alumnae weekend, the Harvard women's volleyball team (5-14, 3-7 Ivy League) upset league-leading Yale (12-7, 8-2), 3-1, tonight, Nov. 2, at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson bested the Bulldogs by set scores of 30-28, 25-20, 22-25 and 25-20.

For the second consecutive night, Mindie Mabry registered double-digit kills, totaling 20 on the night. The junior posted back-to-back double-doubles for her fourth of the season, adding 19 digs to her tally. The duo of first-year Katie Vorhies and sophomore Jaimie Rao joined Mabry in double figures for the second-straight night, contributing 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Senior co-captain Maclaine Fields nearly joined the trio in double-digits, posting nine kills.

Sophomore Bella Almanza helped connect Harvard on 64 kills against Yale, dishing out a team-best and season-high 36 assists. First-year Ashley Wang provided support with 12, while Sandra Zeng added five. The Crimson registered five service aces against the Bulldogs, led by senior Grace Roberts Burbank and Wang with two apiece.

Mabry and Zeng paced the Crimson defense with 19 digs each to lead the back court. Almanza added eight, while Fields, Roberts Burbank and Vorhies each contributed five. At the net, first-year Ava Rauser was dominant, putting up a season-high 11 blocks. Evelyn Gray aided the Crimson's defensive efforts adding seven blocks to Harvard's 26 total.

Harvard Highlights
- Mabry and Fields each recorded attack percentages above .300, hitting at a .375 and .368 clip, respectively.
- The Crimson held the Bulldogs to a .175 hitting percentage on the match.
- Harvard hit for a match-high .541 clip in the final frame to seal the match.
- Harvard outblocked Yale, 26-10.

Game Notes
- Harvard handed Yale just its second Ivy League loss of the year.
- The Crimson recorded its first victory over the Bulldogs since 2017.

Up Next
The Crimson will hit the road for its final two away contests of the season, heading to Penn and Princeton, Nov. 8-9. Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN+.