CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team (5-18, 3-11 Ivy) fell to Columbia (12-12, 3-9 Ivy) in five sets in its last match of the season. Columbia outlasted Harvard with set scores coming to 27-25, 24-26, 16-25, 25-20, 16-14.
On offense, senior Grace Roberts Burbank led the Crimson with 15 kills and a .389 hitting percentage while junior Mindie Mabry recorded 10 kills of her own. Senior Sope Adeleye drove the Harvard defense, totaling six blocks. Both Mabry and Roberts Burbank led the team with 10 digs. On the service line, Roberts Burbank had a team-high three aces on the night.
With the first set tied up at 10, Harvard went on a four-point run to take the 14-10 lead over the Lions. Columbia would go on to stage its own comeback to take the 25-24 lead and eventually win the set 27-25. In the second, Harvard would rally to come from behind on four separate occasions and hold off Columbia's late push that forced two match points to win by a score of 26-24.
The Crimson would dominate play in the third set, going on long scoring runs to defeat Columbia 25-16. A close fourth set which saw rallies by both sides ended with Columbia tallying seven-straight points for the 25-20 victory. In the fifth and final set, the Crimson stuck closely with the Lions until the end when two three-point runs sealed the five-set loss.
- Senior Maclaine Fields, sophomore Bella Almanza and junior Sandra Zeng all recorded at least one ace for the Crimson.
- Fields also had an attack percentage of .318, the only other Crimson player besides Roberts Burbank to be above .300.
Today's match against Columbia marks the end of the 2019 season for the Crimson. Harvard will turn its attention towards preparing for the 2020 season.