The Crimson used 10 blocks to defeat Cornell in straight sets in the season finale (Gil Talbot).
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard women's volleyball team closed out its season with a resounding 3-0 victory at Cornell Friday night, capping off the team's most successful season in recent memory. The victory came by set scores of 25-22, 27-25 and 25-15.
Harvard finishes the year with a 14-9 overall record and 9-5 in Ivy League play, good for second place in the Ancient Eight. The Crimson's 14 total wins and nine conference victories mark the most for the program since 2004, while its 9-2 record at home is a program best.
Caroline Holte led the Crimson on both sides of the net, recording a match-high 10 kills and .529 hitting percentage while also totaling five blocks. Caroline Walters and Corinne Bain each chipped in eight kills to the effort as Grace Weghorst added six.
Harvard posted 10 blocks on the evening with Walters matching Holte's total of five. Bain equaled her career-high with four blocks as Kristen Casey contributed 17 digs.
Cornell (8-16, 4-10 Ivy League) was paced by Brenna Wong's nine-kill, 15-dig performance with Grayce Campbell and Sarah Kramer each adding nine kills.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair as the teams found themselves tied 13-13 at the midway point. Harvard opened up a bit of breathing room, 16-14, off a Bain kill and extended its margin to 19-15 on a Walters ace. Two Holte kills were sandwiched around a Kathleen Wallace strike to put the score at 23-17, and a Walters kill helped to fend off a late run by Cornell for the 25-22 victory.
The Crimson opened a 19-13 advantage in the second after a 7-1 stretch broke a 12-all tie. The Big Red rallied to even things up again at 23-23, and took a 25-24 edge for a chance at set point. Harvard responded this time, scoring three straight points to take the fame off a Cornell error, 27-25.
Harvard dominated the third set as a 7-0 run opened up a 17-9 lead. This run also featured a pair of blocks, this time from the duo of Holte and Erin Cooney, and was capped off by a Holte kill. A strike from Walters moved the score to 21-12 in favor of the visitors before a block by Bain and Holte gave the Crimson match point, 25-15.