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Women's Volleyball Takes Down Brown, 3-1, as Bain Sets Single Season Aces Mark

Bain set a new record for single-season aces as the Crimson improved to 7-1 at home (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard women's volleyball team defeated Brown Friday night at the Malkin Athletic Center, 3-1, to remain in sole possession of second place in the Ivy League standings. The victory came by set scores of 25-17, 25-21, 23-25 and 25-12.

Harvard's triumph was its fourth straight at home and improved the team's record inside the MAC to 7-1, matching the 2004 squad for the program's best record at home. The Crimson is now 11-7 overall and 6-3 in the Ivy League.

Another record fell Friday night as freshman Corinne Bain became Harvard's record holder for single-season aces. Bain had entered the evening one shy of Lolita Lopez's '98 school record of 41, and proceeded to score a pair of aces in the second set to move into first place. The Manhattan Beach, Calif., native also turned in a match-high 27 assists and eight kills while hitting at a .533 clip.

Kathleen Wallace and Grace Weghorst each recorded 12 kills to pace the attack as Weghorst also notched 11 digs for her second double-double. Hannah Schmidt registered her fifth double-double with 18 assists and 10 digs, while Erin Cooney contributed a season-high 10 kills and a .368 hitting percentage.

Harvard turned in 11 blocks to help limit Brown (8-12, 4-5 Ivy League) to a .142 hitting percentage. Caroline Holte led the way with six while Caroline Walters recorded four.

The Crimson fell behind 6-2 to begin the match but closed the set on a 23-11 run to take the win, 25-17. Harvard evened the score at seven on kills by Cooney, Wallace and Bain, and took a 9-7 lead thanks to another Wallace strike. A block by Holte and Weghorst and a kill from Bain gave Harvard a 12-9 edge, before a 3-0 stretch put the hosts on top by six, 17-11. The Crimson took set point off a pair of Brown errors.

Tied 9-9 in the second, Harvard rattled off seven straight points to open a 16-9 advantage. The run included both of Bain's aces and was capped off by a kill from Weghorst. The Bears rallied to pull within four, 23-19, but kills by Weghorst and Walters put the set away, 25-21.

Brown took set three by a slim 25-23 margin but it was all Harvard in the fourth. The Crimson used a 9-0 stretch to race out to a 15-5 lead, and held the Bears to a .000 hitting percentage to earn set point, 25-12.

Harvard returns to its home court tomorrow as it hosts Yale in a battle between the Ivy League's top two squads. First serve is slated for 5 p.m.