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Crimson in Command as Women’s Volleyball Powers Past Holy Cross, 3-0

Beth Kinsella dished out 40 assists and helped Harvard hit .369 as a team against Holy Cross (Gil Talbot).

Head Coach Jennifer Weiss Postgame Comments

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
Holy Cross received a harsh welcome from the Harvard women's volleyball team, as the Crimson silenced the Crusaders, 3-0, Friday night in the second game of the 2011 Harvard Invitational. The win is Harvard's second over Holy Cross this season and moves the Crimson to 6-2 on the year. Both Harvard wins were by 3-0 scores over the Crusaders, who slip to 3-9 with the loss.   

Holy Cross managed to knot the score at 4-4 early in the first set but strong hitting from the Crimson allowed the hosts to grab a comfortable 14-8 lead, forcing a timeout by the visitors. A 7-3 run by the hosts put Harvard up 21-11 in the first frame and rookie Kristen Casey ripped six consecutive serves to boost the Crimson to a dominating 25-12 opening set win. The hosts hit an impressive .542 for the frame, committing just one attack error to go along with 14 kills.

While the second set stayed close up through the midpoint of the stanza, it looked as though Harvard would run away with the set when an Erin Cooney kill gave the Crimson a four-point cushion at 21-17. The Crusaders dug deep and wrestled the next four points from the Crimson to knot the score at 21-21 and force a home timeout. The breather proved useful for Harvard as a 4-1 run to end the set put the hosts up 2-0 in the match.

An early 8-8 score in the third saw Holy Cross put together a string of solid attacks, but the Harvard offensive was too much as the Crimson erupted out to a 19-11 edge. At 21-15, kills by Casey, Teresa Skelly, Taylor Docter and Cooney finished off the match in style as the hosts took the third, 25-17, and the match, 3-0. Harvard totaled a match-high 19 kills and hit .372 as a team in the final frame.

Casey and Cooney led the Crimson with 11 kills apiece while Cooney made just one attack error and hit .476 for the match. Skelly wasn't far behind with eight kills and a .462 hitting percentage, and Docter finished the night with seven kills and a team-high 13 digs. Beth Kinsella was masterful at the net, compiling 40 assists while adding two block assists in the win.

Harvard is back in action in Day 2 of the Harvard Invitational Saturday when it takes on Navy at 1 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. showdown with local foe Northeastern.