The Crimson hit .322 en route to a four-set win over Boston College (Gil Talbot).
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team rode a .322 hitting percentage to a 3-1 win over Boston College Sunday afternoon to cap off the second-annual New England Challenge. The victory came by set scores of 18-25, 25-17, 25-21 and 25-23.
Harvard, which improved to 5-3 with the win, was paced by Kathleen Wallace's 15 kills while Caroline Walters and Grace Weghorst notched 11 apiece. Wallace finished the day hitting a career-high .778 (15-1-18) as Walters posted a .304 percentage. Caroline Holte added seven kills with Corinne Bain (33 assists) and Hannah Schmidt (11 assists) sharing the setting duties.
The Crimson defense limited Boston College (8-4) to a .171 hitting percentage, marking the fifth time in eight matches that a Harvard opponent has hit below .200. Schmidt earned her first double-double of the year with 11 digs to go with her assist total while Sindhu Vegesena also added 11. Walters and Bain led the charge at the net with three blocks each.
The victory was the first for the Crimson over BC since 2002. Melissa McTighe posted 12 kills to lead the Eagles and Katty Workman added 10.
BC opened an early lead in the first set and cruised to a 25-17 win to open the match. Harvard responded quickly, however, and took 13-7 advantage in the second following kills by Wallace, Bain and Holte. Another Wallace kill moved the score to 20-14, and a 3-0 run punctuated by a Weghorst kill gave the Crimson set point, 25-17.
Harvard opened the third set with a 3-0 spurt but BC rallied for a 13-11 edge. A Walters kill and block from Bain and Walters evened the score at 13, and a 4-0 stretch by the Crimson which included two Wallace kills put Harvard back in front, 18-14. A Weghorst kill moved the lead to five points, 22-17, and a kill by Walters helped to hold off a late BC run, 25-21.
The Crimson took an early advantage again in the fourth set, 5-1, but the Eagles fought back to take the lead, 7-6. A 3-0 run by Harvard broke a 13-all tie and following a Weghorst ace the Crimson was in front by four, 22-18. The Eagles once again rallied but it was too late as Harvard scored match point, 25-23.
Harvard will be back in action on its home floor Tuesday, Sept. 24 when it hosts New Hampshire at 7 p.m.