Mikaelle Comrie registered 13 kills for Harvard against
Princeton (Gil Talbot).
PRINCETON, N.J. – The Harvard women's volleyball team took a 2-1 set lead against Ivy League rival Princeton, but the host Tigers rallied to take the final two sets, dropping the Crimson 3-2 Friday night in Princeton. Harvard slips to 5-12 on the season and 2-3 in league play while Princeton remains undefeated in Ivy action at 4-0 and ups its record to 9-6 overall.
The two teams stayed close throughout the first set, tying the match at 19-19 and again at 24-24. An Anne Carroll Ingersoll kill put the Crimson up 25-24 and the guests took advantage of a Princeton attack error to swipe the first set 26-24.
The Tigers answered with a 25-16 win in the second set, and Princeton took a commanding 19-13 lead in the third set, looking to take a 2-1 match lead. Harvard stayed tough and rallied to tie the score at 22-apiece and again at 24-all. Kills by Ingersoll and Taylor Docter helped Harvard capture the final two points en route to a 2-1 match lead.
The hosts took an early lead in the fourth set and maintained their edge through the stanza to claim a 25-21 win in the fourth set. In the fifth set, the teams knotted at 11-11 and again at 14-all, but a Sydney Brombal kill helped the hosts to a 16-14 win in the final set and a 3-2 match victory.
Ingersoll ended the match with 16 kills to lead the Crimson, and added a service ace and five block assist to her evening. Mikaelle Comrie registered 13 kills on the night while libero Christine Wu chipped in 25 digs in the loss. Freshman Teresa Skelly had eight blocks, including two solo efforts, on the game. Princeton's Lydia Rudnick had a stellar offensive night, totaling 32 kills on the night to go along with 16 digs. Cathryn Quinn put down 12 kills for the hosts, and Michaela Venuti had 60 assists for the Tigers.
Harvard is back in action Saturday at 6 p.m., as it takes on Penn in a conference matchup.