The Crimson recorded 13 aces en route to the win (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team totaled 13 aces en route to a 3-0 sweep over UMass Lowell Tuesday night at the Malkin Athletic Center. The Crimson took the match by set scores of 25-16, 25-13 and 25-13.
Harvard's (4-2) 11 aces were the most since notching 11 in a 3-2 win over Columbia in 2010. Freshman Corinne Bain led the way with a career-high seven while classmate Grace Weghorst matched her career-high with three. Sophomore Caroline Holte paced the offense with eight kills and Weghorst added six while hitting .545 and .556, respectively. Bain dished out 16 assists and split setting duties with sophomore Hannah Schmidt, who finished with 15 helpers.
Senior Natalie Doyle paced the Crimson defense with 14 digs. The Riverhawks' .067 hitting percentage was the lowest total for a Harvard opponent this season.
The UMass Lowell (0-8) offense was led by junior Anise Smith, who notched a team-high six kills.
The Riverhawaks kept the score close early in the first set, but a kill by Caroline Walters gave the Crimson the lead, 11-8. Harvard never looked back, outscoring UMass Lowell 14-8 to take the frame. Schmidt had six assists in the set, and Holte recorded five kills on seven attempts.
Harvard never trailed in the second set as it rolled to the 25-13 victory. Weghorst's five kills and Bain's six assists helped pace the offense. Bain also contributed to the defense as she and Doyle notched six digs each.
The final set featured eight of the Crimson's 11 total aces, including three during an 8-0 run to open the frame. UMass Lowell never came closer than eight as Harvard went on to the 25-13 victory.
The Crimson will travel across town to Northeastern Saturday, Sept. 21, for the first game of the New England Challenge.