Anne Carroll Ingersoll registered 17 kills in the win over Cornell (Gil Talbot).
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard women's volleyball team captured the first, third and fifth sets by comfortable margins, downing league foe Cornell, 3-2, Friday night at Newman Arena. The win is Harvard's second straight in conference and moves it to 4-5 in league play and 7-14 overall. The Big Red slips to 4-15 on the season and 2-7 in Ancient Eight action.
A 6-0 lead for Harvard in the first set proved to be a maintainable edge as the Big Red never got within four points of the guests through the opening stanza. Kills by Taylor Docter and Anne Carroll Ingersoll helped the Crimson to a 25-14 first set win.
A tight second set went the way of the hosts by a score of 25-22, but Harvard rebounded in a big way, hitting .441 as a team in the third. A 13-4 run by the Crimson propelled it to a 25-15 set win and a 2-1 edge overall. Harvard saw an early lead slip away in the fourth set but managed to knot the score at 18-18 late in the stanza. Strong hitting by the Big Red saw Cornell take a 25-23 set win and force a deciding fifth set.
It was all Crimson in the final stanza as the guests jumped out to a 10-5 lead and held on to capture the frame 15-11 and the match by a score of 3-2. Ingersoll led all hitters with 17 kills, hitting .357 for the game while Docter added 12 kills on the night to go along with 13 digs. Setter Beth Kinsella dished out 49 assists and Docter and Ingersoll each had three service aces. Sandra Lynne Fryhofer had six blocks. Kelly Hansen led the Big Red with 14 kills had Jordan Reeder had 43 helpers in the loss.
Harvard is back in action tomorrow as it takes on Columbia in a 5 p.m., showdown in New York.