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Women's Volleyball Swept by First-Place Yale

Cooney tallied nine kills, including five in the first set, but Harvard could not overcome Yale Saturday.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Erin Cooney and Kathleen Wallace registered nine kills apiece, but the Harvard women's volleyball team fell to the two-time defending Ivy League champions Yale, 3-0, Saturday at the Malkin Athletic Center.

Freshmen Caroline Holte and Jennifer Shults and sophomore Caroline Walters each scored four kills for Harvard (5-11, 2-3 Ivy League), with Walters hitting a team-best .571. Beth Kinsella tallied 19 assists. Defensively, Taylor Docter and Hannah Schmidt led the Crimson with 10 digs, while Kristen Casey had nine.

Kelly Johnson notched a match-high 13 kills on .722 hitting to help Yale (9-5, 5-0 Ivy League) remain undefeated in the Ancient Eight.

Despite five kills from Cooney in the first set, the Crimson fell to the Bulldogs, 25-19. Yale jumped out to an early 13-6 lead, but a pair kills by Cooney helped Harvard storm back to tie the score at 14. The Crimson was unable to take the lead as the visitors tallied 11 of the final 15 points to take the first frame.

Harvard came out strong in the second set, with Cooney scoring a kill to give Harvard its largest advantage of the match, 10-2. A flurry of Yale points, culminating in a kill by Johnson evened the score at 14, and the Bulldogs never trailed again en route to a 25-18 victory in the second stanza.

The Crimson could not rally in the third frame, and Gabby Bird-Vogel scored a kill to seal the sweep with a 25-15 victory in set three.

Harvard next travels to New York for a pair of conference matches next weekend. The Crimson takes on Cornell Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. and Columbia Oct. 13 at 5 p.m.