The Crimson could not hold on to its early lead and fell to Cornell Friday night 3-1 (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team jumped out to a 1-0 lead but could not sustain its momentum as Cornell fought back for a 3-1 victory Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center.
Taylor Docter recorded a match-high 14 kills and five blocks as the Crimson (9-7, 2-4 Ivy League) dropped its second straight league match. Kristen Casey narrowly missed a double-double with nine kills and 17 digs while Erin Cooney notched eight kills and six blocks. Sandra Lyn Fryhofer totaled a match-high eight blocks as the Crimson combined for 12.
Harvard looked to be in control after an impressive 25-12 win in set one. The Crimson jumped out to a 6-0 lead behind the strong serve of Natalie Doyle and kept Cornell (3-15, 1-5 Ivy League) off-balance for the duration with solid defense. The Crimson totaled six blocks in the frame and held the Big Red to a -.119 hitting percentage.
Cornell was able to turn things around in the second set and hit .275 en route to a 25-18 victory. The Big Red held the lead from the first serve but Harvard made a late charge to pull within two points, 20-18. Cornell held onto its lead, however, and went on a 5-0 run to even the match.
The Big Red took an early lead in the third set and used a 3-0 spurt to pull away for a 16-10 advantage. Cornell's lead never dipped below three points from that point on as it took the set, 25-17.
Harvard went on top in the fourth set with a 5-2 margin before a 5-0 run gave the Big Red a 10-7 edge. A 3-0 stretch helped Cornell extend its lead to 20-14 and a second 3-0 run gave the Big Red match point, 25-18.
Cornell was led by Kelly Marble who turned in 14 kills and 10 digs. Madeleine Przybyl and Rachel D'Epagnier recorded 12 kills and 11 kills, respectively, while Kelly Reinke and Jordan Reeder dished out 26 assists and 23 assists each.