Taylor Docter matched her career high with five aces as the Crimson knocked off Columbia in straight sets (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team knocked off first-place Columbia Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 victory at the Malkin Athletic Center. Taylor Docter sparked a 7-0 run late in the second set with four aces, helping the Crimson to a 2-0 lead which the Lions could not overcome.
Harvard (10-7, 3-4 Ivy League) took a 5-2 lead to begin the match but it would be short lived as Columbia (11-6, 5-2 Ivy League) used a 4-0 stretch for an 8-6 edge. The Lions would later hold a 16-13 advantage before a 3-0 run, which included back-to-back kills from Sandra Lynne Fryhofer, evened the score at 16. Tied at 21, the Crimson rattled off three straight points and earned set point, 25-23, on another Fryhofer kill.
Harvard again jumped out to an early lead in the second set before Columbia was able to regain some momentum to go on top 8-7. Harvard used a 3-0 run for an 14-11 advantage but the Lions would come back once more and went ahead 19-17. Docter earned the side out with one of her eight kills on the night and took her place at the service line, where she would remain for seven points. Docter scored an ace with each of her first three serves and later added a fourth for good measure, as Harvard assumed a 24-20 lead before turning the ball back over to Columbia. The Crimson took set point off a Columbia error, 25-21.
The Crimson opened a 4-0 lead in the third set with Docter again at the service line. Harvard maintained its edge until the midway point of the frame when Columbia tied the score at 16 with three straight points. A block by Teresa Skelly and Erin Cooney gave Harvard a 20-18 margin but the Lions came back again to even the set at 20. With the score tied at 23, Kristen Casey scored one of her team-high 10 kills and Docter fittingly gave the Crimson match point, 25-23.
Casey led the Crimson attack with 10 kills while Fryhofer notched nine. Both Docter and Skelly turned in eight kills apiece. Docter also matched her career high with five aces as Harvard scored seven on the day. Christine Wu notched 17 digs and two aces and Natalie Doyle dished out 35 assists and nine digs.
Harvard will return to action at Dartmouth on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 6:00 p.m.