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Harvard Women's Volleyball Closes Out Season With Win Against Brown

Docter recorded a double-double with 15 kills and 16 digs to help the Crimson close out the regular season with a 3-1 victory over Brown (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
The Harvard women's volleyball team defeated Brown in four sets Saturday night at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson closed out its 2011 campaign with a 12-12 overall record and 5-9 Ivy League mark.

Brown (6-19, 2-12 Ivy League) took the first set, 25-19, after leading from beginning to end. The second set was a tightly contested affair as no more than three points separated the two squads through its entirety. Brown appeared to have gained the advantage late, taking a 20-17 lead after a Taylor Bantle kill. Harvard scored five of the next seven points, however, to even the score at 22. The teams continued to swap points to put the score at 24-24, but the Crimson scored three of the next four points to close out the set at 27-25 and even match at one.

It was Harvard, not brown, that gained the early advantage in the third set as back-to-back kills from Taylor Docter and Sandra Lynne Fryhofer gave the Crimson a 9-6 lead. Harvard kept the pressure on with a 9-4 run to extend the lead to 19-10. The closest the Bears got to evening the score was five points as the Crimson put away its second set of the contest, 25-16, to go up 2-1.

The Crimson turned up the intensity with the score tied at 13 in the fourth set, going on a 12-6 run to secure the victory, 25-19. Docter scored five points during the stretch, aiding Harvard in its 12th victory of the year.

Docter was the most impressive player on the court, reeling in a double-double with 15 kills and 16 digs. Natalie Doyle led Harvard in digs with 24 while Teresa Skelly and Kristen Casey recorded 10 kills and nine kills, respectively. Christine Wu notched 24 digs to bring her season total to 523, putting her at the top spot on Harvard's single-season digs list.

For two Harvard student-athletes, tonight marked the last time they would dawn the Crimson as seniors Wu and Fryhofer were honored on Senior Night. Wu finishes her career as one of the Crimson's most decorated players, setting a new program record for career digs while pulling into the number two spot in Ivy League history. Wu was named to the 2009 All-Ivy League second team and is a two-time honorable mention selection. Fryhofer, a second team All-Ivy pick in 2010, will graduate having recorded over 700 kills and 250 blocks.