Miyoko Pettit (left) and Mikaelle Comrie (right) helped the Crimson close the 2010 season with a win (Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After being recognized in a pregame ceremony, Harvard seniors Mikaelle Comrie and Miyoko Pettit had huge games, pushing the Crimson past Ivy League foe Princeton, 3-2, in the final match of the 2010 season. Harvard finishes the year with a 9-17 overall record and a 6-8 mark in conference play, good for fifth in league standings. The Tigers wrap up the year with an 8-5 league mark, having dropped their final two matches.
Things looked to be going Princeton's way early as the Tigers built themselves a sizeable 20-11 lead in the opening set. The Crimson managed to take seven of the next ten points, but a Cathryn Quinn kill put the Tigers on the brink of a 1-0 match lead, holding a 24-18 edge. Taylor Docter put down a kill to move the score to 24-19 and took over serving responsibilities for the Crimson. A quick service ace by Docter and an emphatic kill by Teresa Skelly forced a Princeton timeout with the score still in its favor, 24-22. Consecutive kills by Comrie and Skelly knotted the score at 24-24 and Harvard completed the improbable comeback thanks to a second ace by Docter and a kill by Comrie, which helped claim the opening set, 26-24, on the strength of an 8-0 run.
Docter started serving for Harvard to start the second set and collected two more aces while leading Harvard out to an early 10-2 lead. Strong hitting from the Crimson kept the Tigers at a safe distance and the hosts grabbed a 2-0 match lead thanks to a 25-21 second set win. The Tigers answered back with a vengeance in the third, grabbing an early 7-1 lead and never letting go. Princeton had its best offensive set of the night, hitting .424 in the frame with 15 kills, to capture the third, 25-14, and force a fourth set.
Both teams kept the opposition within their sites throughout the fourth set as Harvard and Princeton stayed within three points of each other through the fourth stanza. With the score all square at 21-21, a Quinn kill sparked a 3-0 run for the Tigers and a second kill by Quinn sealed the set for Princeton, 25-22 and pushed the match to a fifth set.
At 11-11 in the fifth, Harvard's seniors came through in the clutch as a Comrie kill put Harvard out in front 12-11 and a number of Pettit digs helped set up the Crimson offense. Anne Carroll Ingersoll put down a kill to make it 13-12 and after a Princeton miscue, Sandra Lynne Fryhofer closed the book on the Tigers with her 13th kill of the game, sealing the set, 15-12, and the match, 3-2.
Comrie collected 20 kills in the game, just one shy of her career game-high total, and added four digs and a block to her stats. In her final game at Harvard, Pettit had a career-best performance, collecting 17 digs in the game and chipping in two assists. Fryhofer hit an impressive .632 for the game with 13 kills while Ingersoll finished with 14 kills, 10 digs and four blocks. Skelly registered eight kills and six total blocks on the night, Docter collected five service aces, and setter Beth Kinsella dished out a career-best 54 assists in the game.
Quinn led all hitters with 23 kills on the night and added a game-high eight total blocks, including two solo efforts, on the night. Lydia Rudnick put down 18 kills for the Tigers and Michaela Venuti collected 50 assists in the loss.