Docter led all hitters with a career high 22 kills in a 3-2 win over Brown (Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Taylor Docter put down a career-high 22 kills, including the final two of the match, as the Harvard women's volleyball team captured a five-set thriller, 3-2, over Brown Friday night in Providence. Harvard moves to 5-6 in the conference while the Bears slip to 1-10 in Ivy play.
With the opening set tied at 10-apiece, the Crimson took the next three points which proved to be enough of a lead to last it the rest of the set. Taylor Docter put down a kill with the score at 24-20, one of six for Docter in the opening stanza, to give Harvard a 1-0 lead in the match. Jennifer Martin added five kills in the opening frame for Harvard.
Harvard kept the momentum to start the second and worked it was out to a comfortable 10-6 lead. A handful of Brown miscues, combined with consistent hitting from the Crimson pushed Harvard out to a 21-16 edge and three kills by Docter down the stretch helped Harvard take the second set, 25-16, for a 2-0 match lead.
Brown answered back in the third and after squaring the match at 9-9, used an 8-1 run to take a 17-10 lead in the set. The lead proved too much for the Crimson as Brown pushed the match to a fourth set with a 25-19 win in the third. An early lead for the Bears in the fourth dwindled as the Crimson closed the gap to one at 20-19 and again at 21-20, but Brown rallied for five of the next seven points for a 25-21 win to square the match at 2-all.
The teams kept it close through the entire fifth set and neither team won more than two-straight points until late in the frame. With the game knotted at 13-13, Docter came through again with two huge kills to give the Crimson a 15-13 win in the set and a 3-2 match victory.
Docter's 22 kills led all hitters, as did her .432 hitting percentage on the evening. Martin added 10 kills in the match and Sandra Lynne Fryhofer chipped in nine for the Crimson. Setter Beth Kinsella had another strong night with 41 kills and Christine Wu picked up 29 digs in the victory. Emma Pastore and Katrina Post had 13 kills apiece for the Bears.
Harvard wraps up its regular season road schedule tomorrow as it takes on Yale in New Haven, Conn.