Docter and Kinsella were honored before the match as part of senior night, which concluded with the 250th career win for Weiss.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Kathleen Wallace registered a match-best 13 kills while hitting .462, and classmate Caroline Holte recorded seven blocks to help lift the Harvard women's volleyball team over Cornell, 3-0, on senior night at the Malkin Athletic Center. The win marked the 250th career victory for Jen Weiss, the longest-tenured coach in Crimson women's volleyball history.
Prior to the game, Harvard (9-14, 6-6 Ivy League) recognized seniors Taylor Docter and Beth Kinsella. Docter finished with eight kills and 12 digs, and Kinsella dished out 18 assists while splitting setting duties with Hannah Schmidt, who finished with 19 helpers. Freshman Jennifer Shults tallied eight kills with classmate Caroline Walters chipping in six. Harvard held a 13-2 advantage in team blocks, as Walters tallied five and Erin Cooney and Shults chipped in four. Kristen Casey also posted 12 digs to round out an impressive defensive performance.
Natasha Rowand finished with a match-best 32 assists and Brittany Kalepa scored 11 kills for Cornell (7-16, 3-9).
The Big Red jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set, before the Crimson rallied and ultimately tied the score at 11 on the second of consecutive block assists by Walters and Cooney. Kinsella registered a service ace to put Harvard up, 12-11, but Cornell kept the set a see-saw affair. Wallace scored a kill to give the Crimson a 17-16 advantage before teaming up with Holte for a stuff on the next point. Walters tallied two of her four first-set blocks in the final three points, and Harvard won the frame, 25-22.
Docter tallied five kills in the second set to help the Crimson down the Big Red, 25-19, and take a commanding 2-0 lead . Harvard also posted five blocks in the second frame, matching its total from the first set. The Crimson never trailed again in the frame and led by as many as six.
Fueled by three kills from Wallace, Harvard grabbed an early 19-8 advantage in the third set. Cornell came within four twice, 22-18 and 23-19, but kills by Holte and Docter secured Weiss's milestone victory with a 25-19 win in the third set.
The Crimson concludes its 2012 campaign on the road next weekend as it plays Yale Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. before finishing the season at Brown Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.