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Women's Volleyball Returns to The Win Column With Four Set Victory Over Cornell

Weghorst's double-double helped propel Harvard to a four-set win over Cornell (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team got back on the winning track Friday night with a 3-1 victory over Cornell at the Malkin Athletic Center. The triumph came by set scores of 25-18, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-16.

Grace Weghorst had a banner day to lead Harvard (7-6, 2-2 Ivy League) as she notched her first career double-double with a career-high 14 kills and 11 digs. Corinne Bain, fresh off the program's first triple-double, nearly accomplished the feat for a second time as she finished the night with 26 assists, 12 digs and nine kills. The freshman also tallied two service aces, moving her into a tie for 10th place on the single-season list with 32 aces on the year.

Kathleen Wallace chipped in 10 kills with Caroline Holte and Erin Cooney adding nine and eight, respectively.

The Crimson defense held Cornell (5-8, 2-2 Ivy League) to a .154 hitting percentage thanks in part to a 16-dig effort from Kristen Casey, who moved from outside hitter to libero for the match. Natalie Doyle contributed 10 digs while Cooney, Holte and Caroline Walters each turned in four blocks.

Harvard's victory was its third straight over the Big Red and the seventh in the last nine meetings between the two. Rachel D'Epagnier paced Cornell with 11 kills and a .310 hitting percentage as Sarah Kramer added nine kills.

The Crimson took control of the first set after a Walters kill moved the score to 12-6. Cornell rallied to pull within two, 18-16, before kills from Weghorst and Bain pushed the lead back to four points, 20-16. Another Weghorst kill gave Harvard a 23-18 edge and the Crimson took set point on a Wallace strike, 25-18.

A pair of Holte kills and one from Weghorst allowed Harvard to take a 3-0 lead in the second set. The Big Red hung tough, however, and evened the score at 14 off a block from Macey Wilson. Cornell earned its first lead thanks to a Crimson error, 18-17, but it was short lived as Harvard took the advantage again on a Bain kill. The Big Red went back on top once more, 21-20, before a Bain kill and service ace put Harvard back in font, 22-21. Tied 23-23, Cooney scored a kill to give the Crimson a chance at set point and an error from Cornell put the frame away, 25-23.

The Big Red rebounded in the third set and went on top by six, 14-8, midway through the stanza. Harvard eventually came back to tie the score at 18 off a Cornell error, but was never able to grab a lead as a 3-0 spurt gave the Big Red a 24-21 margin. Following back-to-back points for the Crimson, Cornell recorded set point, 25-23, on a D'Epagnier kill.

It was all Harvard in the fourth set as the Crimson rolled to a 14-8 lead of its own. A 3-0 stretch pushed the score to 17-9 before a pair of Bain kills sandwiched around a Weghorst ace gave Harvard a 10-point advantage, 23-13. The Crimson finished the night off with a kill from Holte for match point, 25-16.

Harvard will be back in action tomorrow as it hosts Columbia at 5 p.m. at the Malkin Athletic Center.