DAYTON, Ohio – The Harvard women's volleyball team (1-4) split day one of the Holiday Inn Invitational, earning its first victory of the season with a sweep of Wright St. (2-6) and falling to West Virginia (6-2) in the night cap.
Harvard vs. Wright State
- Christina Cornelius (10 kills, 11 digs) and Erin McCarthy (41 assists, 13 digs) notched their first double-doubles of the season.
- Erin McCarthy tied her career high of 41 assists
- Four Crimson players tallied 10 or more kills
- Harvard set 25 season highs and three career highs
- Back-to-back kills from Grace Roberts Burbank led the Crimson to a 5-0 start.
- Behind the arms of Celia Powers and Katie Klusman, Wright St. was able to lock the score at 15.
- Roberts Burbank sealed the set with a kill to put the Crimson up 1-0 by a set score of 25-23.
- Harvard again held the advantage in set two, but the Raiders kept pace, not allowing the Crimson to get ahead by more than three. (12-9)
- The Crimson began to pull away at 22-19 and a blocking error from the Raiders gave Harvard the set at 25-21.
- Harvard leapt to a 5-2 start at the hands of Jocelyn Meyer and Maclaine Fields, forcing a Wright St. timeout.
- Wright St. answered with three straight, tying the score at five apiece.
- The score would tie eight more times before Harvard and Wright St. traded the final 10 points, the Crimson reaching 25 first.
Harvard vs. West Virginia
- Grace Roberts Burbank and Christina Cornelius led the team with seven kills apiece.
- Anna Uhr contributed a season high 10 digs.
- Harvard recorded a sideout percentage of 51 in set two.
- Harvard sped to a 4-1 lead.
- West Virginia answered with a 7-0 run to take an 8-4 advantage, forcing a Harvard timeout.
- Points from Paige Kebe revived the Crimson attack, but the Mountaineers continued the pressure.
- West Virginia rallied to take the last six points, ending the set 25-13.
- After a quick reset, Harvard opened set two on a 4-2 run.
- Harvard capitalized on West Virginia's errors, extending its lead to 8-3.
- The Mountaineers quickly closed the gap, tying the score at eight.
- West Virginia held steady, gaining a 17-14 advantage.
- Harvard kept West Virginia within reach, but the Mountaineers continued the climb to 25 and a 2-0 match lead.
- West Virginia came out blazing, keeping a wire-to-wire lead to take its second victory of the day.
The Crimson will return to the C.J. Mclin Gymnasium tomorrow (Sept. 9), to face Tennessee Tech at 1 p.m.