The Crimson went 2-1 at the Harvard Invitational to take second place (OAC).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team swept Providence before falling in three sets to Northern Kentucky to earn second-place at the Harvard Invitational.
Senior Taylor Docter and freshmen Kathleen Wallace and Caroline Walters were named to the All-Tournament team for Harvard (2-4). Docter posted 28 kills this weekend, including a double-double against Manhattan on Friday night. Walters and Wallace helped pace the Crimson offense on Saturday, tallying 19 kills and 15 kills, respectively.
Harvard edged Providence (1-12) 25-20 in the first set, and led most as the way despite the frame featuring four ties and two lead changes. The Crimson fell behind, 19-18, on a kill by Providence freshman Lindsay Witt before a Docter kill and a service ace by sophomore Kristen Casey put Harvard ahead for good. Senior Beth Kinsella recorded a service ace to seal the frame.
Wallace recorded five of her match-high 12 kills in the set while hitting .833, and Walters added three.
Stellar defense helped spark a 7-2 run to start the second frame. Holte and junior Erin Cooney teamed up to block an attack by sophomore Anna Russian, and on the next point, Wallace joined Holte and Cooney to stuff sophomore Mackenzie Ziegler's attack and make it 5-1 Crimson. Kinsella dished out six assists as Harvard never trailed in the set and routed Providence, 25-13.
The Friars started off well in the third frame, taking a 7-3 lead. The Crimson rallied with a 12-7 run, capped by a Wallace and Holte block, to take a lead it never relinquished. Harvard then outscored Providence 9-2 to win the set 25-16. Casey recorded four of her eight digs in the final frame to help the Crimson defense.
Holte tallied six kills on eight attacks in the sweep, and freshman Hannah Schmidt dished out a team-best 19 assists. Defensively, Harvard held the decisive edge in team blocks (8.5-0) with Holte recording six total blocks.
Providence junior Jordan Wiesler had a match-high 25 assists, while Colleen McCollom had 10 kills.
The Crimson kept each frame close against Northern Kentucky (9-1), but lost in straight sets, 25-21, 25-21, 25-23. Walters finished with nine kills to lead the balanced Harvard offense, while four Crimson finished with seven. Northern Kentucky junior Shelby Buschur had 13 kills, and senior Jenna Schreiver had 33 assists, as the Norse placed first at the Harvard Invitational.
The Crimson returns to action next weekend against Connecticut, Northeastern and Boston College in the inaugural New England Challenge.
MVP – Shelby Buschur, Northern Kentucky
Jenna Schreiber, Northern Kentucky
Taylor Docter, Harvard
Kathleen Wallace, Harvard
Caroline Walters, Harvard
Marian Furquim, Manhattan
Colleen McCollom, Providence