The Crimson won their second-straight match to move to 2-2 in the Ivy League, setting up a showdown with first place Yale tomorrow afternoon.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team rode a career night from freshman Kristen Casey to a 3-1 win at Brown Friday evening, improving the team to 2-2 in the Ivy League.
Casey scored five of her 21 kills in the fourth set as Harvard (9-5, 2-2 Ivy League) earned match point, 25-22. The teams traded points back and forth early in the set and found themselves tied at 16 midway through. The Crimson rattled off five straight points for a 21-16 edge and held off a late charge by Brown (5-10, 1-3 Ivy League) for the win.
Harvard won both the opening sets for a commanding 2-0 lead. With a slim 8-7 margin in the first set, Taylor Docter sparked a 4-0 stretch with a pair of kills for a 12-7 lead. A 4-1 spurt by the Crimson moved the score to 19-14 before Casey notched set point for Harvard, 25-22.
Brown took a 2-0 lead in the second frame but it was all Crimson from that point on, as Harvard rolled to a 25-17 victory. Casey led the way with eight kills and hit .462 for the set. Harvard scored four of the set's final five points including a kill from Erin Cooney for the win.
The Bears came back to win the third set, 25-17, denying Harvard the straight set victory.
Casey tallied a season-high 21 kills in the victory, surpassing her previous best of 19 which she set just last week at Penn. The freshman also turned in 12 digs for her second straight double-double and fifth of the year.
Docter finished her night with 15 kills and a .359 hitting percentage. Natalie Doyle dished out 40 assists with 15 digs for her third straight double-double as Christine Wu led the defensive efforts with 26 digs. Emma Pastore notched 16 kills and a .371 hitting percentage for Brown.
Harvard will be back in action tomorrow when it travels to Yale for a 5:00 p.m. showdown. Yale is currently in sole possession of first place in the Ivy League standings with a perfect 4-0 record while Harvard sits in fourth.